3-5 RLA Newsletter

October 9, 2015

Hi 3-5 RLA Team,

Congratulations on reaching Fall Break and the end of first quarter! We hope you all enjoy a nice, slow, and relaxing Fall Break. See you at CPD on Monday, October 19th.

Let us know if you have any questions,

Tamlah and Krysten

CPD Sneak Peek!

Here is a sneak peek for October 19th CPD:

- Morning will be focused on ANet data analysis and action planning around adapting our instruction

- Afternoon sessions will focus on writing (opinion writing and feedback to students) and planning guided reading groups

Prework: Make sure you have your laptop and access to student reading data! In addition, we suggest you bring one copy of the Module 2 texts for reference during your work!

Pacing Update

Now that we have reached second quarter we are ready to begin Module 2. October 20th should be the first lesson for Module 2!

Frayer Model Video

The Frayer Model is a helpful strategy for vocabulary instruction. You will find examples of using the Frayer Model within the Engage New York curriculum and can also embed your own use of them as needed for students. Check out the video link below for an example of Frayer in action!

C&I Team Walk-Thru Notes

The C&I team enjoyed the walk-thru conducted last Monday in 3-5 RLA classrooms! We wanted to share notes from our walk-thru with you.

Positive Trends:

  • Evidence of workstations in majority of classrooms
  • Evidence of the grammar curriculum in action, including best practices for graphic organizers for managing the grammar procedure
  • Our network is aligned across all schools in the texts and lesson being used. YAY!

Areas of Growth:

  • There is a lack of evidence of students getting choice in their work, even when the ENY plans include elements of choice such as a text to read or author to study
  • Teachers are doing most of the talking while students are passively engaged in the learning
  • Work being completed across classrooms is not always rigorous

We will continue to refine the curriculum to meet teacher and student need and will also address areas of need through professional development. Reach out to Blake, Tamlah, or Krysten if you need assistance!

Habits of Discussion

Habits of Discussion are important for ensuring students have opportunities to speak in class and discuss with one another. Check out Tamlah's resource that is linked below and on SharePoint!

Krysten Wendell

Director of Curriculum and Instruction