Texan Math News

December 1, 2014

December Happenings

12/2: Technology "Lunch and Learn" with Jennifer Evans

  • Topic: "Zany Web 2.0 Tools
  • Room 307
  • Link to register: Click here to register for Zany Web 2.0 Tools.

12/11: DMS Spelling Bee; During 1st Period in the "Texan Room"

**********Winter Break December 22 - January 2***********


Lesson Planning

Lesson Plan Expectations:

What NON-NEGOTIABLES are to be in EVERY lesson plan?

  • ACE Strategies
  • Key Questioning
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Content ("I Can") AND Language Objectives ("I Will")

Copy lesson plans from TEAM PLANNER into INDIVIDUAL PLANNERS

  • Plans should be in TEAM PLANNERS every Friday
  • Plans should be in INDIVIDUAL PLANNERS the Wednesday BEFORE the week the lessons are taught.

**If feedback was given, the plans in the Individual Planner are to reflect any modifications/changes recommended. **


Plans for the following weeks should already be in Eduphoria:

  • December 1-December 5
  • December 8-December 12

Plans to be reviewed on Friday, December 5th:

  • December 15-December 19.

Academic Vocabulary

Teachers should be adding at least 5 new vocabulary terms EVERY week, and should be referencing them throughout the lesson.


  • It is a CAMPUS & DISTRICT EXPECTATION for Word Walls to be UP and UPDATED in all classrooms.
  • Word Walls should be cumulative of concepts/units previously taught and being taught currently.
  • Vocabulary included on the word walls should be referred to daily, throughout your lesson(s).

Strategies for Teaching Academic Vocabulary (covered in Academic Vocab PLC)

  • Word Wall Centers (Spin-A-Word)
  • Plickers
  • Paraphrasing Pyramid
  • Compare-Contrast using Venn Diagram

Upcoming PLC Dates

12/4: PLC "Questioning and Sentence Stems"
  • Bring PLD folders

12/11: PLC "Academic Vocabulary"

  • Bring 15 samples of student work showing their knowledge of academic vocabulary
12/18: NO PLC

ACE (Active Cognitive Engagement)

Get "ACEd"

RTI (Response-to-Intervention) 12/1 - 12/5

Objectives covered during RTI Interventions are based on data from Unit Assessments.

6th Grade:

Equations and Inequalities

7th Grade:

Percent Applications

8th Grade:

Pythagorean Theorem Application