ELAR Support Day #2, 12/7/15
Welcome and Happy December!
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Here's what to expect today:
- Main Focus: 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
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
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.
Getting out of the Way & Engaging Students
Regarding Research & Passion Projects:
- Genius Hour, Passion Projects, and Google's 20 percent time (here's a live binder of collected resources from other educators: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=829279)
- Using the Texas Performance Standards Projects for GT to utilize for research and passion projects with structure and linked to the TEKS (http://www.texaspsp.org/)
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