Butler Literacy Loop

Butler's ELA Literacy Newsletter

Thoughtful Log Prompt

If you're in the mood to do some reflecting on your practice, here's a prompt for you!

During Coach Luther's presentation, he said, "Feel good about the challenges you have that you complete." Reflect on one or more challenges that you have had recently that you have completed.

Butler ESAIL Data 2016

The mid-year ESAIL (Environmental Scale for Assessing Implementation Levels) walkthrough is coming soon! Al and I are trying to do informal ESAIL walkthroughs each month to keep a pulse on how we are growing in the three focus areas. The three areas, or "big rocks," are Language Workshop and Thoughtful Logs, Literature Discussion Groups, and conferring. Please take a moment to look at the data collected for October, December and January. The monthly summaries provide more detailed information about observed strengths, next steps, and percentages of teachers at each level. The overall summary is below. All in all, we have a lot to celebrate!
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Upcoming Vertical PLC

There is a change of plans for our next two to three vertical PLCs which will begin on Monday, February 8th. We will be digging more deeply into argument writing. All three grade levels have another argument writing unit at the end of the year. Between now and then, we will be working collaboratively on the following:

  • develop a common understanding of what the different parts of an argument essay are and what they look like
  • develop common language across the three grade levels
  • develop a shared understanding of what good evidence and reasoning is and is not
  • discuss instructional strategies we can use to help students with transfer

Our long-term goal is for teachers at Butler Middle School to teach a consistent format for formal argument essays which we will use across all three grade levels.

*** Since all of you have an SLO related to argument writing, reflective prompts will be provided at the end of each PLC. Your reflections, along with the collaboration and professional learning happening during these PLCs can be used as artifacts for Danielson: 1a, 1d, 1e, 4a, 4d, 4e, 4f.



Please feel free to comment below. Comments, questions, reflections, wonders, and observations about the ESAIL data would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to let me know what you think about this form of communication!