Pecos ISD: Crockett
Writing Work Day: 1/19/16
The Final Countdown: 7 Weeks of Instruction Remaining until STAAR
TEA: All things STAAR
- 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
Recall & Check In: Teaching the Whole Cookie
- 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
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: http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/
- Socratic Seminar, "Speed Dating", THINKING while reading...Figure 19 tie in
- DOK chart from Alice Keeler's blog
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.
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 kahoot.it
- Ready to create your own for free? getkahoot.com
Save These Dates!
Round 3 Results Driven Instruction Training
When: all week February 2-6
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
Future Planning: Summer Literacy Academy
When: June 29 & 30
Where: CrossRoads Fellowship, Odessa