Acton Weekly Update 2/1/19
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.
On Tuesday, February 5th I will be showing a brief PowerPoint during our PD time to help point you to various helpful places in our guided reading resources. Please bring your kits, your yellow books, your classroom profiles, and any questions about these whole group assessments and the data you have gathered from them. After the presentation, I will help support you with any questions you have. We won't be talking about grouping students or the guided reading table, since we are not there yet. Our next step is running records. Many of you are scheduled for me to model running records in your room. If you are not on the schedule and would like for me to model running records, please contact me and I would be happy to get you on my calendar!
eLearning! You guys did great! Thank you for making these two days a huge success! Please let Katie and I know of any complications or ideas for the next time. Also, Just a reminder, no grades are taken on e-Learning days. Participation is to be monitored but grades should not be recorded for these days due to unstructured instruction. Assignments are held accountable by attendance. Please check in today with students who have not submitted assignments. See if they need the paper versions. On Monday if neither online or paper pencil have been turned in please reach out to parents to see if they need help. If day 1 has not been turned in by Wednesday, please email Krissy and I names of "absent" students. If day 2 has not been turned in by Thursday, please email Krissy and I names of "absent" students.
HEre's the link to the Next Steps Forward Guided Reading Online videos, downloads and many other resources: Next Steps Forward Password is Results. I suggest bookmarking this on your computer and using it regularly to plan and find support.
The DOE has released items to practice with your students. Take a look at the way the questions are worded, the new formatting, new tools, and the rigor of the ILEARN test. Click on the link below to get started.
Planning Lessons by Standard ~ The DOE has provided many valuable resources
to help plan your mini-lessons and even questions your quick checks. Click on links.
Literacy Framework ~ (All Grades & all subjects) ~ Provides Learning outcomes, I Can
Statements, Question stems, vocabulary, & EL/SPED learning considerations
Item Specifications Database ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects tested on ILEARN) ~ Provides clarity to how each standard could be accessed on ILEARN, a breakdown of the standard that gives insight into the DOK and specific skills needed, reading passage excerpts, sample questions and expected student responses to those questions.
Performance Level Descriptors ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects test on ILEARN)
~Provide learning progressions for each standard from below, approaching, at & above proficiency.
Writing Scoring Rubrics for ILEARN
~New Rubrics & Guidelines
Organization/Purpose (4 points) & Evidence/Elaboration (4 points) ~ These 2 scores are averaged.
Conventions Rubric (2 points)
Students read 2 sources in 3rd & 3 sources in 4th-5th to plan their writing.
Applied Educational Neuroscience
Give your kids the opportunity to take deep breaths.
Breathing is the greatest strategy to CALM.
Focused Attention Practice: A focused attention practice is an exercise to quiet the body and focus the mind. The practices calm and soothe the limbic brain and allow us to return to a calm baseline.
Check out this resource on Focused Attention Practice.
WIDA Testing Window
DIBELS Progress Monitoring- RED DIBELS Students
- SOS Day
AM Collaboration-Guided Reading Assessment Check In with Jen
Dr. Stevenson walk through (rescheduled from last week)
- AM Collaboration- Team Focus
Culture Team in the Conference Room
- Midterm grades posted for parents at 3:00
14 1st grade field trip
14 Friendship Celebrations
15 All Pro Dads
15 March field trips due
18 President’s Day -e-learning day
21 Kdg field trip
21 4th grade field trip
21 STEM scouts
22 PBIS Convo
22 Father/Daughter Dance
25 Book Fair Week
25 Read Across America week
26 Children’s Museum outreach night
27 Hot Box Pizza fundraiser