February 22, 2016

Good Luck With Conferences!

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From our Vision, what does it mean to SERVE?

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What Theme Do You Take From This?

Ted Shonda Rhimes

Student Led Early Release Conferences

Things to Know

  • We sign up for conferences online.
  • Early release days are February 24 and 25
  • These will be student led conferences.
  • Dismissal begins at 12:50 both days.
  • Interventions and Special education teachers - Please communicate schedule changes to the grade levels you support.
  • Hallway displays should represent the work of each student. Parents spend a lot of time looking and enjoying the children’s work in the hallways. The displays should represent the quality and rigor of your instruction.
  • PTA will have a tasty lunch for you both days of early release

Please Do

  • Begin and end the conference on a positive note. The students in your class are someone’s beloved child. Parents are more apt to hear negative things if they feel that you are able to see their child in a positive light.
  • Use clear, parent friendly terms. Parents do not understand educational jargon, acronyms, etc. If you do use terms make sure students can explain them.
  • Post daily conference schedule outside your room with the child’s name and the time of their parent or guardian’s appointment.
  • Remember on early release days the doors are unlocked until 5:00. After that you will need to let the parent into the building for a conference.
  • Have students practice what they will be sharing at the conference.

Share (Students will be sharing most of the following information)

  • Reading and Writing Communication reports (located on the LOCC)
  • Specific work performance using authentic work samples (other than worksheets)
  • Most current writing samples (journal or portfolio; discuss growth and needs using the new GCPS writing rubrics)
  • Most current running record, F&P growth level and needs assessment from small group. It would be helpful to show parents the end-of-the-year expectation text level.
  • Share what you do for the child—reading workshop, writer’s workshop, math workshop
  • Communicate progress in other programs: Speech, ESOL, EIP, Gifted, Resource. Touch base with support staff to attend or update you regarding their progress.
  • GKIDS general information (K only)
  • Work habits (if needs improvement, focus on no more than 2 to discuss)
  • Social/Peer relations

Do Not Discuss

  • Be cautious about sharing the child’s performance, behavior, age in relation to rest of the class (Example: she is the lowest student in reading; he is the worst behavior problem in my room!)
  • Do not allow a parent to bring another student into the conversation.
  • Possible undiagnosed medical conditions (ex. ADD, ADHD) – Be careful to only give examples of behaviors you are seeing in the classroom (trouble focusing, staying on task, requires a lot of prompting and redirection to complete work, etc.).

Thank you! It is hard work conferencing with parents in 15-20 minute segments back-to-back. We appreciate all you do for our students and parents! If you have any great ideas to add, please let us know. Thank you!

Report Cards

Report Cards will go home Friday, March 25th.

Email Tips

You probably got into teaching because it allows you to make a difference. Some things come along with it that are tasks. They benefit students, but in a roundabout way. Sometimes they can even detract you from focusing on students. Email can be one of those things. The reason I use the At a Glance is to try to reduce the amount of emails you receive from me. A few suggestions.

  • don’t cc people unless absolutely necessary
  • don’t respond to emails you’ve been cc’d
  • If an email takes more than a minute or two to type, it is better to call the parent/teacher/staff member. It may not seem so at first, but it can save you time in the long run.
Some businesses create a no email day each month. If anyone is interested recreating this idea at Level Creek, please let me know.
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Using Socrative for Quick Grading & Test Talks

Take a look at this 3:40 video! Students in several classes are using Socrative for quick grading. Why do this? Because it saves you grading time and gives you the opportunity for an immediate test talk.

  1. Students take a selected response assessment.
  2. Students use the computers in the class to copy their answer choices.
  3. The test grades are automatically populated on the teacher's computer.
  4. Students go right to their teacher to find their grade.
  5. The teacher can have a test talk with them right then, circling incorrect answers.
  6. Students go back and find the right answer (and explain why it is right).
Easy! Setup is a one time deal. If you want help, let Tracy know! Thanks Mary Taylor for the video.
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Easy Grading & Test Talk

School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards

eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.