January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

The GA Dept of Education has a survey that we need to complete for the CCRPI report. Just a reminder to complete this if you have not already done so. As of January 2, only 18 surveys had been submitted so please take care of this ASAP.

Professional Learning - January 6


8:00 AM - Media Center

Introducation of new staff: Deanna Lux, Stephanie Reeves, Deena Newton

1) Literacy (4 Core info from Mitzi Ethridge)

2) Classworks - targeted students (Heather Bridges)

Grade Levels:

3) CQI - finalize plans for each grade level (remediation and enrichment) and email this to Dr. Gee.

4) Common Assessments (includes formative, summative, and data to drive remediation)

5) Grade Level Collaboration with intervention teachers

Rethinking Assessment

A recent article from Dr. Mariale Hardiman (Johns Hopkins University) suggests the following based upon her research:

• Most curriculum units should begin with a pre-assessment to measure prior knowledge and serve as a baseline to measure student growth.

• Teachers should use frequent on-the-spot assessments to check for understanding, including ungraded surprise quizzes, Socrative “clicker” questions, and entry and exit slips. Teachers have found that asking students to retrieve information from short- and long-term memory enhances retention (the “testing effect”).

• Students should be given the opportunity to correct what they got wrong on tests. “Delaying or ‘scaffolding’ feedback, and having students struggle with finding the correct answer, leads to better retention than does simply providing correct answers,” say Hardiman and Whitman.

As you prepare to work with your grade levels developing common lessons and common assessments, think about the suggestions presented by Dr. Hardiman; pre-assessments, frequent on-the-spot assessments, and providing students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes...nothing mind-blowing; just makes sense.