Coach's Corner

December 2015 - Edition

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Updates & Reminders

I will be in for our sixth round of observations next week and the week after (Depending on the group you are in). I continue to enjoy my visits to everyone's classrooms and look forward to more fun this week. After I come in I will be sure to send you an email notifying you I was there (just in case you didn't see me). Please remember to prepare for our feedback meeting by:
  1. Watch the recording of the session that I attended.
  2. Complete the "Coaching Prep Form" which I am also including here in case you need it!

Please also note that there will not be any observations or feedback meetings the week of December 21st or 28th due to winter break... we will resume the week of January 4th when we return from break.

I look forward to speaking with everyone at our upcoming meetings this month.

Have a fantastic week.

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Strategies & Best Practice for Class Connect

Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment is an essential component to teaching and learning. How do we know our students are learning in our classroom as we are teaching? We have our standards, we know what we will teach, but how will we know during the lesson – not the end of week exit ticket, or end of unit test, that students are understanding what we are teaching?

The important thing to note is that formative assessment is as students are learning – not the unit test at the end (this is a summative assessment). Formative assessment provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still learning.

It is practice for the student and a check for understanding during the learning process.

Formative assessment should guide teachers about future lessons.

Formative assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students’ attainment of the learning targets/goals.

Listed below are just a few examples of formative assessment:
  • Questioning and DOK
  • Discussion
  • Admission Slip (Warm-up) & Exit Slips
  • Learning & Response Logs
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Peer and Self-Assessments (w/ Follow up!)
  • Waterfall Chat Strategy
  • Turn and Talk (Private Chat)
  • Zaption, Kahoot, Padlet (Great Resources for Formative Assessment).
  • Texting & Word Cloud Activity
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*Teaching Highlights*

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Jessica Crist

2nd Grade Math:

In breakout rooms students were asked to complete various word problems - a skill they have been working on in class. Jessica's students are explaining how they got their answer (not just what it is, but their thinking process), and writing the answer in sentences using the "R" from the RACE Strategy!

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Aimee Schmidt

1st Grade Math:
Incorporating Math Number Talks into her lessons. Asking students to explain how they see the number – not just what the number is… really developing Number Sense!
She is also using "Everybody Writes" to check for understanding for everyone at the same time, as students create times on clocks!

Michele Schafer

HS Biology:
Students are comparing and contrasting what they know about Mitosis and Meiosis at the start of class and mid-way through after having a discussion and learning a little bit more.
Michele is also using "Everybody Writes" to check for understanding of what happens in each phase of mitosis... something they discussed in class and in a previous class.
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56 Examples of Formative Assessment

Check out this fantastic bank of formative assessment ideas! Some of you may already have this from our mini-PD, but I wanted to share out again to ensure everyone had access! It's great!

15 Ways to Know When your Students Aren't "Getting It"

Looking for some insight on where to get started with formative assessment, or want some tips to refine your use of it in class sessions? This We Are Teachers article provides some valuable tips for using formative assessment in the classroom.

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

Check out this Edutopia article for some fun ways to check for understanding including writing Twitter posts, creating an advertisement, and composing a top-ten list.

Learning Target ppt. Template

Some of you may already have the ppt. template shown below from our standards and objectives Friday mini-PD back on Oct. 30th. I'd like to share it out again, just in case! Some teachers are really liking how this learning target template helps them focus their lesson plans, and also puts the objective in student-friendly language!

How to use it:

  1. The first arrow should contain something students are familiar with (prior knowledge you are hoping to activate).
  2. The second arrow should contain the objective.
  3. The third arrow should contain an example of what students will be able to do to accomplish at the end of the lesson. (Keep rigor in mind.)

Click on the link below to download.
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