Pecos ISD: Crockett

Writing Work Day: 1/19/16


Here's what to expect today:

  • Check in: how are things?
  • Focus: Benchmark Data Driven Planning
  • The Gift of Time: planning related activities & lessons

The Final Countdown: 7 Weeks of Instruction Remaining until STAAR

TEA: All things STAAR

Fall update from TEA for 2016 4 and 7 STAAR Writing Test: here
  • Find released tests here
  • Find all things writing (rubrics, sample comp boxes, student samples, etc.) here
  • Find updated writing grade 7 STAAR redesign here (10/5/15)
  • Find updated grade 7 Performance Level Descriptors here (10/5/15)
  • See 2015-2016 Testing Calendar here
  • See the updated testing Dictionary Policy here

The Focus: Figure 19! Inferential Thinking

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TEKS Resource System

To note:

  • YAG (Year at a Glance)

  • IFD (Instructional Focus Document)

  • VAD (Vertical Alignment Document)

  • Performance Assessments

Recall & Check In: Teaching the Whole Cookie

Recall: Listen, Speak, Read, Write

Differentiated Reading:

  • Recall CommonLit for thematic paired passages & making connections; update: new search feature!

  • Don't forget Newsela for differentiated news articles by lexile level; update: new texts sets for other content areas & improved search feature

Reminder: Face to Face Training Round 1

Here's the link to Face to Face Training, Round 1 in August:

Reminder: Face to Face Training Round 2

Here's the link to Face to Face Traiing, Round 2 in Andrews in October:

Questioning to Promote Thinking

How are you questioning your students? How are they questioning one another?

  • Pre-planning Higher Order Thinking Questions in lesson plans
  • Focused Shift: Student questioning through sticks, wheels, mats, etc.
  • See ELAR "sticks" here
  • Use a Random Generator:
  • Socratic Seminar, "Speed Dating", THINKING while reading...Figure 19 tie in
  • DOK chart from Alice Keeler's blog
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For Planning

  • Depth of Knowledge Chart (click here)
  • Bloom's Planning Guide Chart (click here)
  • 501 Writing Prompts:
  • STAAR test Study Guide from Region 10 (click here)

Also check out TEA's Write for Texas Resources (click here)

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Formative Assessment

What IS a formative assessment?

“A tool that teachers use to measure student grasp of specific topics and skills they are teaching…(and) to identify specific student misconceptions and mistakes while the material is being taught.” --Stuart Kahl, 2005, page 38

The marriage of learning progressions and high-quality formative assessment strategies will answer the following key questions to guide instructor feedback:

(Hattie & Timperley, The Power of Feedback, p.81, 2007)

  • Where am I going (what are the goals)?

  • How am I going (what progress is being made toward the goal)?

  • Where do I go next (what activities need to be undertaken to make progress)?

It's all about FEEDBACK:

  • Feedback should be timely and focus on the most important learning goals.

  • Comments rather than grades yield a higher quality of work and understanding.

  • Feedback should cause thinking.

  • Feedback should be more work for the recipient than the donor.

  • Students should have class time to revise work before re-submission.

  • Feedback should be specific and task oriented.

Dylan Wiliam, Embedded Formative Assessment

Check out some examples here...

Need a Review Tool?

Assess & Engage with Kahoot!

Engage your students with an interactive and competitive review!

  • Use Kahoot! to review and interact with your students and gamify your classroom
  • Ideas: review concepts, vocabulary, grammar, elements of a STAAR rubric, classroom rules, multiple choice questions
  • Enrich: have students create their own Kahoots! to play as a class
  • Let's play! Go to
  • Ready to create your own for free?

Need a no tech option? Try Plickers!

Student Response Systems without Student Devices

Emoji Exit Ticket

Here's a link to a download version, courtesy of @87history
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Save These Dates!

Round 3 Results Driven Instruction Training

What: Round 3, Results Driven Instruction Training

When: all week February 2-6

Cost: free!


Tuesday, 2/2: Pecos ISD (register here)

Wednesday, 2/3: Marfa ISD

Thursday, 2/4: ESC18, conference room C

Saturday, 2/6: Ector Middle School

Don't Forget Distinguished Lecture!

When: Monday, 2/15/16, 9am-4pm

Where: ESC18

Cost: $50

Register here:

Future Planning: Summer Literacy Academy

When: June 29 & 30

Where: CrossRoads Fellowship, Odessa

Cost: $100


Thanks for today!

Please provide us with some feedback and suggestions for next time!

Laura Kile

Don't hesitate to contact me with follow up questions, requests for resources, and to share the great things that are happening in your classes!