ELAR Support Day #2, 12/8/15
Welcome and Happy December!
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Here's what to expect today:
- Main Focus: using formative assessment
- Recap Results Driven Instruction, Round 2
- Share Resources
- Planning: problem Solve
- Discuss and plan activities to implement for upcoming units
But first, a video to check in regarding the December life of a teacher!
Check in: how are things going?
How are your students THINKING?
For reference and review:
- Results Driven Instruction Round 1, August: http://go.esc18.net/RDIelar1
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 strategieswill 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
STAAR Released Questions Sort
- REVIEW the questions from last year’s STAAR and EOC exams
Determine the type of THINKING required to answer each question.
- SORT questions and CREATE CATEGORIES that indicate the thinking required to answer the question
Question: where do we go from here? How will your instructional practices and lesson plans shift to push students’ thinking?
See Region 10 Study Guides here
A Few Thoughts Regarding Questioning
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.
- Reminder: T-TESS evaluation tie in
- 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
TEKS Resource System Updates
- Resources: STAAR question stems
- STAAR question analysis
TEA: All Things Writing
CRAFTS: Acronym and Foldable Idea
C: Context (What is the context for the piece you are creating?)
R: Role (Who or what are you?)
A: Audience (Who are you addressing? Who is this writing for?)
F: Format (What form will the writing take: essay, editorial, response, journal, etc.?)
T: Topic (What is the purpose and topic of the piece? Why?)
S: Strong Verb (What verb defines the purpose of the assignments?)
CRAFTS Implementation: Use to teach Point of View, Character Analysis, Intended Audience, STAAR Prompts (both Expository, Persuasive)
Use sample ideas chart from Michigan Department of Education
Use the RAFT handout template here
Reinforce, Refine, Reflect
As teachers we wear many, many hats. Make a list of everything you do with and for your campus, one per post it note.
Sort them into categories. What do you notice?
Resort into three categories:
1. Reinforce: Things I do well and want to/must continue doing
2. Refine: Things I want to tweak or change
3. Reflect: Things I want to stop doing
Resources Review & Updates:
- new pieces added
- additional themes added
- use discussion questions as sample short answers and classroom questioning
Resource to locate published literature and obtain audio and pdf versions of texts.
A Few Tech Tools:
Poll students (multiple choice, choose an image, free response, OR click an image) via texting from their phones or from their devices.
It's free, it's awesome, and it's interactive!
Gamify your classroom with Kahoot!
Engage your students with an interactive and competitive review!
- Use Kahoot! to review and interact with your students.
- Ideas: review concepts, vocabulary, test prep, classroom rules
- Enrich: have students create their own Kahoots! to play as a class
- Let's play! Go to kahoot.it
- Ready to create your own? getkahoot.com
- Utilize the repository of already created kahoots online
- Flip the learning: have students create kahoot questions to play/review as a class