KHS PLC Weekly Newsletter December 19, 2014
How can I incorporate writing in my instruction?
- Example: Provide a "worked" problem and have students explain the steps, justify or defend the solution.
Entrance and Exit Slips
- Example: Square - Triangle - Circle, Students write things that are "square in their mind". They write three things they learned and what is still "circling" in their mind.
Incorporate a reflective question on an assessment
- Example: What are you happy that you did in class this past six weeks? What are your goals for next six weeks?
Never Sometimes Always
- A square never has a curved side. A parallelogram is sometimes a square. The angles of a square are always 90 degrees.
Other strategies include:
It Says...I Say...So...
Somebody Wanted But So (Summarizing)
Analogies: ___________ is like ___________ because _____________________.
RAFT (creative writing) - see picture below
Always look for Titles, Graphs, Media, etc. included with the text
Drawing conclusions requires deductive reasoning (general to specific)
Making inferences requires inductive reasoning (specific to general-the big idea)
Place Matting - see picture below
Frayer Model - see picture below
- How are we supporting each other?
- Are students seeing a connection?
- Are their common vocabulary words?
- Are we speaking the same language?
- Ask a Recall Question
- Follow it with a Probing Question
- Conclude with a Universal Theme Question - Students make connections.
Upcoming Dates to Note...
Week of December 22nd and 29th - Christmas Holiday
Week of January 5th
- PLCs meet at regularly scheduled times
- Data Meetings for Biology, Chemistry, US History, and ALG II
- ENG I, II, and III prep for Spring Benchmark
Week of January 12th
- PLCs will meet at regularly scheduled times in the library with Stacey for Google Drive training
- Semester Exams
- Lead Teachers will meet during B lunch on Monday this week
- Campus Admin Meeting - day & time TBD
Week of January 19th
- Monday - Holiday
- Tuesday - Staff Development Day
- PLCs will meet on Tuesday during SD Day
Week of January 26th
- ENG I, II, and III Spring Benchmark Window