The Quest

Volume 2, Issue 5

"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.” -Erich Fromm

Number Talks Videos!

Check out these videos that teachers so graciously allowed to be taken during their Number Talks lessons! It is so helpful to see others in action and get ideas on the management and execution of the lesson. These videos can prompt great discussions during planning or provide support whenever needed.

Want to see more? Visit the Pre-K Mathematics 'Curriculum Overview' in Forethought. We are working toward having multiple videos for each day of Number Talks to use as a resource.

Want to share your talents and be videoed? Send an email and we can coordinate a date/time!

Just click on a title or picture below to view:

Number Talks (Tuesday 5/10 Frame)
Number Talk (Tuesday)
Number Talk (Wednesday)
Number Talk (Wednesday: Rekenrek)
Number Talks (Thursday: Snap Cubes)

Quarter 3 Data Tools for Academic Checklists

During our "Embedding Curricular Data Collection Into Daily Instruction" PD at Wednesday's Staff Meeting, we discussed the use of a formative assessment data tool that may be used. The 'I can' statements on each data sheet align with the the Pre-K academic checklist and the dates listed reflect when the standard is being taught during Quarter 3 according to the Scope and Sequence. We will follow up and share progress at our February 15'th inservice day.

These documents can be found in eduphoria under 'Curriculum Overview' in Forethought in the Reading and Mathematics Domains.


During our initial training on AEPS, we mentioned that if a student demonstrated mastery of the overall goal, it was not necessary to assess the objectives listed underneath.


Goal 1: Simultaneously brings hands to midline.

  • Objective 1.1 Makes directed batting and/or swiping movements with each hand.
  • Objective 1.2 Makes nondirected movements with each arm.

If they demonstrated mastery of bringing hands to midline, you coded it as a 2 and you did not have to assess the objectives underneath.

This is correct, however, you still need to code the objectives underneath as 2’s—even though you are not assessing them. This oversight is not your fault! I’m thinking that we assumed that if you entered a 2 for the overall goal, the program would automatically populate the objectives as 2’s. It does not, and the result is that students that are demonstrating mastery of most Goals are receiving low overall scores. These number scores are not as important to us as classroom teachers as the data itself, but will eventually be used by others in the assessment and placement of students. We are learning more about this assessment tool daily!

Please be sure to go back and edit your students’ tests by simply clicking the 2 next to each objective that you may have left blank. Teaching Assistants may help with this process. We would like to have all tests updated by Friday, January 29.

Math Station Fair

On February 15, we are conducting another ‘Math Station Fair’. The purpose is to demonstrate how the lesson/materials from the PS poster can transfer into a station tub and that teachers do not have to create an entirely new activity.

A Sign-Up Genius was sent to all Pre-K teachers. (A separate Sign-Up Genius will go out to PPCD teachers that have developed station tubs that address foundational skills/prerequisites to the standards.) When you sign up, please indicate the Pre-K Guideline standard for which would like to bring 2 posters and the corresponding tubs. In the 'comments' section of the sign-up, you will give a brief description of the posters that you have selected.

**It is ok for two teachers on different planning teams to select the same STANDARD, but please read to see what PS POSTERS they selected (this will be displayed when you are viewing the sign up). If your poster(s) has/have been selected, please choose something else. First come, first choice! :)

Pictures will be taken and housed in eduphoria so that teams/teachers can easily access them. Details about the fair time and setup will be sent via e-mail!

Pre-K teachers, if you have not already signed up, please click the link below:

Pre-K Assessment Data Shows Lots of Growth!

Wow! Take a look at the standards and the percentage of growth for each from those that were assessed on the BOY Pre-K assessment and again on the MOY Pre-K assessment. What a tremendous accomplishment and validation of all the hard work you are doing in your classrooms! Congratulations!


III.C.1 21.31%

III.C.2 31.09%

IV.B.2 34.8%


V.A.2 12.13%

VA.7 21.31%

V.A.9 17.38%

V.B.1 37.44%

V.B.2 44.85%

V.B.3 27.49%

V.C.1 14.87%

V.C.3 24%

V.E.1 38.41%

V.E.3 33.65%

We will continue diving deeper into ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom using individual assessment data in upcoming PD sessions!