Math Department 3rd-5th Grade
Week 24 News/Updates: "Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize"
It's hard to believe this month is almost over! You guys truly embraced the curriculum materials and we can say with pride that every teacher has been using high quality instructional materials this month! HUGE Shout out to each of you. Now, we need to turn our eye to Teacher Centered Learning vs. Student Centered Learning. You have all heard this before and will hear it even more over the next few months. Also, pacing (timing within in the lesson) will be a major focus!
As you read through the newsletter if any burning questions, comments, or wonderings pop up, reach out to Katrina or Krysten.
Curriculum and Instruction Updates and Reminders:
Positive Trends: **Evidence of the Network Curriculum in Every Class**
· Teachers were well-prepared and on-pace with the curriculum
· High-level content presented with academically correct vocabulary
· Frequent questions being used
Areas of Growth:
· Objectives are not consistently posted OR referenced in lessons, and key points are not clear to observers.
· Anchor charts are not aligned to unit, not in use, or were non-existent
· Deeper questions need to be asked that are aimed at engaging students at a deeper level
· We noticed teachers doing most of the thinking and heavy cognitive lift. Students did very little writing and actual problem solving independent of the teacher guide (in some cases).
Immediate Next Steps:
· Make sure objectives are posted daily and referenced throughout the lessons. Students should be able to tell anyone what they are learning for the day.
· Move anchor charts that are not directly related to the lesson of the day to the back and save the front of the room for anchor charts aligned to the days lesson. If an anchor chart is present make sure students know how to use it and be sure to reference it throughout the lesson.
- To stay on target for TNready Part 1 pacing is crucial! Be sure to check your pacing weekly. Reach out for support if you get off pace!
- Print your grade level pacing calendar and keep it next to your desk for easy referencing when needed.
- Stay in close contact and collaborate often with your grade level peers across schools.
- Note that if you get more than a couple days off pace, it's imperative that you reach out for support in the most effective and efficient way to get back on track.
- Teachers should be utilizing workstations as an opportunity to pull small guided math groups. In that group the teacher should be providing targeted re-teaching and or scaffolding of the days lesson.
- Make sure that do nows, center rotations, and guided math groups incorporate spiraled skills as well as current skills.
- Grade level curriculum zip folders include a variety of scaffolding resources that can also be used as spiral review resources.
February Pacing Calendars
Math in Action Across the Network
Get Creative with the Discourse
Student Peer to Peer Feedback
Demonstration of Learning
Check out how this teacher tracks student progress for each component of her Math Block!
Can you guess what grade this is????
Stop Katrina and take a guess! Shhhhh if this is your grade or class!
What's the point? Do you know exactly what you want your students to leave your Math Block having learned for the day? Check out how this teacher approaches purpose and making connections!
Right now we are in FRACTION mode across the district! Check out these videos for tips or resources for scaffolding!
Math Department Resource Hub on Sharepoint
This is a working hub that will evolve and grow throughout the school year. You will find both resources from Katrina and the C & I Team here.
3rd-5th Grade Math Resources and Curriculum 2015-2016 School Year direct link: (copy the whole link and paste it if it doesn't open)