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The purpose of Exemplars is to explicitly teach students how to use the process standards in math. The problem solving plan was created to guide the gradual release of responsibility to students. After you have finished the 5 week plan (12 weeks for Kinder) you have the flexibility to choose the problems and decide which focus each problem lends itself to best. At that point, you can choose problems from Exemplars, Lone STAAR, and/or the district provided problem solving. You can also choose how many processes to look at in each problem now that they have a solid foundation.

Nitty Gritty:

  • This counts as your daily problem solving
  • Sept. 8 - Grades K-5 start implementing Exemplars
  • You may choose the order that you teach each section of the rubric
  • You may repeat Days 2-4 problems each week with a different focus
  • The most current Exemplar information can be found on Forethought under Math: Cluster 1: Developing Mathematical Processes. This is more up to date than the information in the Exemplars tab.
  • Rubrics can be used informally or formally, as a grade
  • On Day 5, you can choose a problem from Exemplars, Lone STAAR, or the district provided problem solving (provided for K-2) to be your formative assessment, if you don't want to create your own

Please let me know if you'd like a demo! I'd love to come do one :)


ESTAR is the new screener for 2nd-4th that will be administered in the winter (no fall administration).

TEMI, math screener, administered only to kinder this fall (if needed, administer to specific 1st graders for SST purposes).

Word Wall Update

In the past we have placed math word wall words under the horizontal word wall. We are now going to group them by concept instead of the linear format. You could use concept webs or anchor charts to do this. Within each math cluster on Eduphoria, click on "Content Vocabulary" for more information.

Science words should also be included in anchor charts and concept webs. For social studies, it is up to you whether you put them on the word wall, but it is encouraged to embed them into anchor charts and concept webs.

Departmentalized Grade Levels:

ELAR words will continue to be added to the word wall in the Math/Science teacher's room.


Grammar Talks: I am hearing great things about how students are growing each day through this process! Please let me know if you would like for me to demo one for you, or if you want to talk through it some more. Thank you for those of you that have invited me in for a demo. I have learned so much by getting to experience them in action!

DRA Refresher: Whether you are new to the DRA assessment, or you just want to be refreshed, please come to my room on Thursday, September 10th at 3:00 for an optional DRA training.

Learning New Things: Engaging ALL students

I've been reading a wonderful book by John Seidlitz and Bill Perryman called 7 Steps to Language-Rich Interactive Classroom. This book is filled with research based strategies for engaging ALL students! These are the 7 Steps:

1. Teach students what to say when they don't know what to say

2. Have students speak in complete sentences

3. Randomize and rotate when calling on students

4. Use total response signals

5. Use visuals and vocabulary strategies that support your objectives

6. Have students participate in structured conversations

7. Have students participate in structured reading and writing activities

Each week I will be sharing some tips from each of the 7 Steps. This week, I will focus on Step 1. Post a poster in your class that has a list of alternatives to saying "I Don't Know." I will send you one as an attachment.

If you'd like to learn more about creating a language-rich, interactive classroom, check out this book! It is seriously so EASY and QUICK to read!