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Reflections of April Learning: Celebrations

April's districtwide professional development was focused on CELEBRATIONS at the end of each writing unit of study. These celebrations are in addition to the sharing that takes place daily as a part of the mini-lesson structure. For continued discussion/learning on this topic, please feel free to review our districtwide CELEBRATIONS communication board.

*All districtwide Literacy PD is available for review in the Schoology Course: HSSD Literacy Professional Learning

Spring Running Record Reminder

This document (click here) provides guidance and clarification of the expectations for spring running record administration. It includes possible scenarios that may be encountered in finding the instructional reading level and ways to respond.

Writing Assessment: K-4 Early Release Take-Aways

District grade-level teams met to share thoughts and perspectives on establishing inter-rater reliability. It was a great opportunity for discussion of scoring using the rubric consistently. Some take-aways were:

  • Craft & elaboration are double-weighted categories.
  • Zeros are only given if the student does not have any writing on the paper.
  • Rubrics are for teachers and should inform instruction.
  • Checklists are for students and can be used for goal-setting.
  • Scoring, editing, and writing should not be done directly on a student's paper.
  • Parents can be informed of the new writing expectations using the rubrics in an explanatory way.
The videos below are the fifth and sixth installments in a series on "Do It Yourself" Literacy. You can also access other teaching tools shared by the series' many followers.

Week #6

Problem of the Week –MOTIVATION! My co-teacher and I struggle on a daily basis getting our kids motivated to work more independently in our everyday workshops. We find there are about 2-3 students who tend to “carry” the rest of the class. Too often we hear the crickets chirping, the blank faces staring at us, and the uncomfortable silence that follows a question. We need help to help our kids get motivated to work more independently!

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Micro-progression

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

DIY Literacy Episode 6

Week #5

Problem of the Week – We’ve all been there. We are sitting with a student and are left struggling to figure out what to teach him or her! This week’s problem focuses on teaching and conferring with higher level readers. It’s the struggle to know what to teach more proficient readers, especially if we don’t have a ton of background knowledge on reading strategies, skills or literary practices.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Student-Led Bookmark

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

DIY Literacy Episode 5

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

The first through fourth videos on the following topics can be accessed by clicking on the episode link.

Episode 1 - Using punctuation appropriately

Episode 2 - Responding to reading with variety and choice

Episode 3 - Explaining how evidence supports the reason

Episode 4 - Telling, not showing.

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TECH Connect

This new feature in Links to Literacy will focus on infusing technology into literacy instruction. It begins with a strong instructional practice and moves toward technology's role in supporting student's motivation, engagement and learning.

Twitter Chat

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