KCS C&I Update | March
Resources to Support Teaching & Learning in KCS
- Grade Passback FAQ's - as we continue to learn more, we are improving our support & guidance for using this feature. If you are a current user, or interested in starting with this feature, below are some recently updated resources that will help you navigate this tool.
Grade Passback Teacher Instructions
Grade Passback FAQ's
- Let's Get Personal - throughout this year, creating a personal connection to students has been difficult. Check out the following ways KCS teachers are using Canvas to support a more personal approach:
Use video responses to provide personal feedback on graded assignments, quizzes, & discussions.
Use Discussions to lift #StudentVoice by using it for back channels, in class Q&A, offering options (upload images, add URLs, record audio/video, etc) or just giving an outlet to students who prefer to communicate "under the radar".
Use MasteryPaths to provide individualized learning paths to your students! Use it to remediate, extend, or choice-based learning.
4 Principles of Classroom Management with SEL
The first principle is that effective classroom management must be planned especially in terms of transitions and potential disruptions.
- Address students by name & ask students to do the same for their peers. Early on, prepare a seating chart to help you & your students learn names, or use name tents.
- Identify common times for student disruptions, often at the beginning, end, or any transition. Use simple strategies like using music or incorporating activities into transitions.
- Plan for behaviors outside of your class being brought in - engage students immediately with opening activities, establishing a welcoming routine, or using check-in's.
Quality Relationships -
Teachers need to develop warm and responsive relations with students that have boundaries and consequences.
- Involve students in all aspects of creating the classroom management plan - rules, norms, procedures, etc.
- When creating rules or class norms, keep things simple, clear, and positive - instead of long drawn out explanations, use concise language. Instead of "no's and don'ts," state positive behaviors.
- Engage with students positively: smile, greet them at the door, ask questions about things outside your classroom, and keep language positive and when needed, address the behavior, not the person.
Classroom Environment -
Effective management is supported by routines and structures that are embedded into the classroom environment.
- Develop routines that match the flow of learning in your class.
- Be effective when giving instructions by keeping them short, clear, and concise. Consider providing written or visual directions for students to reference.
- Designate routines for students who are not prepared that do not embarrass or cause disruption.
- Circulate in the classroom when students are engaged in individual or group activities. Preplan questions that drive learning towards higher-ordered thinking and redirect learning towards objectives.
- Conference regularly with students. Develop conference routines that highlight 3 areas of focus - academic success, personal goals, and experience in your classroom.
Observation & Documentation -
Finally, teachers can better incorporate SEL into management by continuously observing and documenting students' learning, reflect and then act on noticeable patterns and behaviors in a timely manner.
- Use positive rewards that allow you to record student behaviors - consider systems that allow students to chart their own behaviors as well.
- Include parents/guardians in classroom management. There are several opt-in apps (Class Dojo, Blooms, Remind 101, Canvas Parent App) that can be used to keep parents updated on class activities.
- Take note of general patterns by noting how student behave during different activities: When are students most engaged? How are students transitioning from one task to another? Who works well together? Who needs independence?
Mark the Dates!
Summer Learning Camps
- Summer Learning Camps: 6 hours per day for 5 weeks
- Mini-Camps: Additional 1.5 hours per day
- Bridge Camps: 5 weeks instead of 4, same as Summer Learning Camps
Updated Testing Dates
- EOC Window - April 12-May 6, 2021
- TCAP Window - April 21-May 14, 2021
Previous Professional Learning Resources
- K-2 Math Collaboratives - 2/9
- T2L Leaders Meeting - 2/10
- 3-5 Math Collaborative - 2/11
- Digital Tools - Student Voice - 2/16
- ELA Middle School Book Club - 2/17
- Middle School Math Book Study - 2/18
- T2L Leaders Meeting - 2/23
- ELA Middle School 6th Grade IFL Call - 2/23
- K-5 ELA Curriculum Collaborative - 2/25
Upcoming Professional Learning Sessions
- CanvasCon recorded sessions are available - click here!
- ELA Middle School 7th Grade IFL Call - 3/2 @3:15-3:45
- Promoting Student Choice - 3/4 @3:45-5:15
- Middle School Math Symposium - 3/8 @3:15-4:45
- ELA Middle School ELA Symposium 3/8 @3:15-4:45
- Virtual Social Studies Educators PD Seminar - 3/9 @7:00-8:00pm
- Virtual Social Studies Educators PD Seminar - 3/11 @7:00-8:00pm
- KCS In-Service Day - 3/15
- Digital Tools - Promoting Student Choice - 3/16 @3:45-5:15
- Middle School Math Virtual Book Study - 3/18 @3:30-4:00
- T2L Leaders Meeting - 3/23 @3:45-5:15
- ELA MS Book Club- 3/24 @3:30-4:00
Students need clear support in phonological awareness and phonics. Find 5 principles that can encourage motivation for early readers.
Explore how teachers can learn along with their students to read through a critical lens in order to confront bias.
How might writing conferences support high school writers? See the video below for an example:
Math is so fun that we do it on Saturdays! Looking for some fun math professional development? Join Theresa Wills on Saturdays at 12:00 PM (eastern time) for a one hour professional development session. The typical agenda for the day is as follows:
- Welcome & Building Community - 10 min
- Math Routine - Adapted for optimization in online classrooms - 7 min
- Launch a Rich Task - 3 min
- Small group time to create representations to solve the task - 20 min
- Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions using the 5 practices - 15 min
- Closing, Q & A - 5 min
You must register for the session in advance. Use this link to register for a session: https://www.theresawills.com/mathurdays
Dr. Dwain Arnold, Chief Academic Officer - Elementary
Dr. Brian Cinnamon, Chief Academic Officer - Secondary
Christian Horner, Innovative Learning Coordinator
Emily Helphinstine; Literacy Coordinator
Pam Stidham; Math Coordinator