TESA has been around since 1973. Many school have it as a key professional development tool since it is classroom based. Its research base states that teachers expect less of certain students (low income and minority), treat them differently in class and therefore those students achieve less.
In TESA other teachers observe you for certain teaching traits that center around equity.
You can do your own self-assessing (or you can audio/video tape yourself):
Under Response Opportunities (Strand A):
Latency – Do you wait five seconds after asking each question and before calling on any student? Do you use wait time for all students equally?
Equitable Distribution – Do you call on all students equally?
Individual Help – Do you provide help to all students equally?
Paraphrasing/Prompting – Do you paraphrase and prompt the question to help student get the correct answer equally?
Higher Level Questions- Do you ask higher level questions equally to all students?
You could create a spreadsheet of the number of times you positively do each of the above in your class and then try to increase the number each week. If you increased by 20% each week, you would soon have high scores in each area. Graph your results and be proud of your students’ increased learning because of your new high expectations for every student.
If you have had experience with TESA, please share them.
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007