SUESD Newsletter

Curriculum Department

What's Up?

  • Summer School at Soquel Elementary and NBMS
  • Elementary Teachers will learning Cognitively Guided Instruction CGI next year
  • New math adoption for NBMS - CPM
  • Summer Technology PD is being revamped to offer more practice time
  • The LCAP first draft will be presented to the board on June 1st

Strategy of the Week- Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR)

CSR can be used across content areas as a way to improve comprehension. The four main strategies used in this are: Preview, Click or Clunk, Get the Gist, and Wrap up. This is a great strategy to use the gradual release method to support students in all four parts and can be used with a variety of texts!

  • Preview (before reading)- activating prior knowledge, generate predictions, look at headers, sub headers etc..
  • Click or Clunk- (during reading)- This part can tie into other reading strategies maybe being used in your lesson- what parts "clicked?" What did you understand? and what parts were hard to understand (clunks.) How do we fix that? (rereading, breaking words apart to understand meaning, refer back to key idea, etc...)
  • Getting the Gist-(during reading)- What is the most critical information that you read?
  • Wrap Up- (after reading)- identify the most important or significant ideas and help with the understanding to review what they learned. (maybe pair with QAR strategy?)

  • Student can track their understanding using a CSR learning log and if you wanted them to work in cooperative groups there are roles for this strategy also! (See resources for the explanation of the learning roles.)

Cooperative Learning Roles
Edutopia article explaining learning roles
Cue Cards

Resources that can be both engaging & used for formative assessments--

Technology resources to check out:





53 ways to Check for Understanding

Twitter chats schedule to join, participate, collaborate, or just follow-- it's like doing "PD in you PJ's." My favorites chats are: #2ndaryELA (Tuesdays at 7pm), #sblchat (Wednesdays at 8pm), #educoach (Wednesdays at 9pm), #iaedchat (Sundays at 8pm)

Want to try something new? Do you have questions or want to chat?

Let me know I would love to help!

Miss Kjellsen