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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:

October Training: Results Driven Instruction Training, Round 2

See the preso and corresponding links here:

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 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.

Dylan Wiliam, Embedded Formative Assessment

Check out some examples here

STAAR Released Questions Sort

Released STAAR Questions Analysis & 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:
  • 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

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
  • Find updated grade 7 Performance Level Descriptors here
  • See 2015-2016 Testing Calendar here
  • See the updated testing Dictionary Policy here
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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

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Reinforce, Refine, Reflect

Step One:

As teachers we wear many, many hats. Make a list of everything you do with and for your campus, one per post it note.

Step Two:

Sort them into categories. What do you notice?

Step Three:

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:

Resource: Newsela

What's New:

  • additional Spanish articles
  • text sets for Literature
  • text sets for History
  • easier search function

Resource: CommonLit

What's New:

  • new pieces added
  • additional themes added
  • use discussion questions as sample short answers and classroom questioning

Resource: PBS NewsHour Extra

Use for informational text, make connections to teach the "whole cookie"

Resource: Lit2Go

Resource to locate published literature and obtain audio and pdf versions of texts.

ImageThink Notes

  • Visual Notetaking & Summarizing
  • Classroom Application Ideas?
  • Here are a few of our own!

Emoji Exit Ticket

Here's a link to a download version, courtesy of @87history

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A Few Tech Tools:

Organize with Remind

Create an account here:

Use Remind to stay in contact with your students and parents!

New Semester organization must have: add the code to your syllabus and hang it in your classroom!

Poll Everywhere

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
  • Ready to create your own?
  • Utilize the repository of already created kahoots online
  • Flip the learning: have students create kahoot questions to play/review as a class

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Through the Lens of a Scorer: EOC English Edition

Thursday, December 10th 3:30pm to 5:30pm; register here

Come see Kelly Gallagher!

February 15th, Distinguished Lecture:

June 29 & 30th, Summer Literacy Academy:

Save the Dates

  • Final Results Driven Instruction: first week of February

  • Final District Support Date: Tuesday, March 1st

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!