Greenwood ISD

District Support Day #1: 10/14/15


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Here's what to expect today:

  • Lesson Plan Check In Discussion
  • Higher Level Thinking Questions Discussion
  • Differentiation Strategies Discussion
  • Plan related activities & lessons

Here's our Google Doc of notes today; add to them!

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TEA: All things STAAR

NEW 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 (10/5/15)
  • Find updated grade 7 Performance Level Descriptors here (10/5/15)
  • See 2015-2016 Testing Calendar here
  • See the updated testing Dictionary Policy here

Reminder: Face to Face Training Round 1

Here's the link to Face to Face Training, Round 1:


Teaching the Whole Cookie

Recall: Listen, Speak, Read, Write

Differentiated Reading:

  • Recall CommonLit for thematic paired passages & making connections
  • Don't forget Newsela for differentiated news articles by lexile level

For Planning:

  • Depth of Knowledge Chart (click here)
  • Bloom's Planning Guide Chart (click here)
  • Padagogy Wheel: technology integration (click here)

Differentiate with Tech Extensions:

Check out High Tech Verbs to find extensions, tools, and apps to correspond with your planned objectives:


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TEKS Resource System

To note:

  • YAG (Year at a Glance)

  • IFD (Instructional Focus Document)

  • VAD (Vertical Alignment Document)

  • Performance Assessments

Assess & Engage with Kahoot!

Engage your students with an interactive and competitive review!

  • Use Kahoot! to review and interact with your students and gamify your classroom
  • Ideas: review concepts, vocabulary, grammar, elements of a STAAR rubric, classroom rules, multiple choice questions
  • Enrich: have students create their own Kahoots! to play as a class
  • Let's play! Go to
  • Ready to create your own for free?

Need a no tech option? Try Plickers!

Student Response Systems without Student Devices

Other Random Tools & Resources:

Save the Date! Face to Face RDI: Round 2

Face to Face Training: Sessions are live and registration is open for the next round of face to face training!

Additional Greenwood ISD Campus Support Dates:

  • Wednesday, 1/20
  • Wednesday, 3/23

Thanks for today!

Please provide us with some feedback and suggestions for next time!

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!