Kermit Junior High

Lesson Planning Day


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Here's what to expect today:

  • Lesson Plan Discussion with Non-Negotiables Review
  • Higher Level Thinking Questions Discussion
  • Plan some lessons!

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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
  • Find updated grade 7 Performance Level Descriptors here
  • 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:

Putting it into Plan: Teaching the Whole Cookie

  • Listen, Speak, Read, Write
  • Writing Focus: Student Friendly Rubrics
  • Recall CommonLit for thematic paired passages & making connections
  • Don't forget Newsela for differentiated news articles by lexile level

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

For Planning:

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

Looking for Tech Extensions?

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

TEKS Resource System

To note:

  • YAG (Year at a Glance)

  • IFD (Instructional Focus Document)

  • VAD (Vertical Alignment Document)

  • Performance Assessments

Other Random Tools & Resources:

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


Student Video Creation (why it works: easy to use & acclimate, quick process [one class period])

  • Students create videos to explain a concept (literary device), visually depict vocabulary words, visually explain an analogy, create book trailers, make connections back to previous works studied
  • See student sample here.
  • Pro tip: make sure the computers you're working with have updated flash players; be sure your students use your educator code to give them the free pro version.
  • BE SURE TO get the free educator account, sign up, THEN when you're signed in, click to apply for the free educator account.
  • OR steal Kile's code here: a4ekileb6aaf7
  • How to have students use your educator code: watch here:

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!

Upcoming Kermit Planning & Support Dates:

  • Tuesday, 10/20
  • Tuesday, 11/3
  • Thursday, 11/12
  • Monday, 11/30
  • Monday, 1/11

Here's a tentative schedule of our upcoming support dates to help you plan accordingly; do know that this is subject to change or update!

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!