Volume 1 | Issue 3: Acronyms Galore
Educational Services Department
A Message from Kathie Nielsen
Hello TUSD Elementary Teachers,
It's so hard to believe the new year is already upon us. On behalf of the Ed Services Department I want to wish each of you a joyful and restful holiday. Thank you for embracing all the new learning you have tackled this first trimester. New opportunities also await in 2016 as we will be offering a variety of professional development sessions for you to choose from on Wednesday, January 20th. I hope you will continue to seek out these exciting learning opportunities designed thoughtfully by our TOSA team and our Connect Coaches. As we are reminded by the English poet, Robert Browning, "Our aspirations are our possibilities." I continue to be inspired by the amount of teachers reaching out and collaborating in new ways. This past month alone our teachers have been participating in peer observations, visiting sites outside our district, studying during our CGI online professional development, attending inquiry book clubs on their campuses, and joining our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) inquiry meeting group.
Thank you for aspiring to bring the very best not only to your profession, but to each and every TUSD elementary student as well.
Happy New Year!
Acronyms Galore: What does that mean?
The signature practices of reading workshop and writing workshop are essential components for supporting children at various levels of proficiency, and classroom libraries serve as the hub for reading materials, as children are matched appropriately with books that align to their individual reading level.
The approach to teaching mathematics places the responsibility onto students and allows them to work at various levels of mathematical development. CGI focuses on children's thinking, not specific teaching procedures.
Click HERE to learn more on the TUSD Elementary STEM Haiku class. The next CGI Institute Meeting is 1/11/16.
How does BL align with GRR?
TO (immersion, teacher demo)
- read aloud
- modeled writing
- reading/writing mini-lesson (focus lesson)
WITH (collaboration & exploration - students w/peers, teacher)
- shared reading
- shared writing
- small group instruction
- reading/writing workshop - partner work
- reading/writing workshop - book studies/collaborative groups
BY (accountability - student work time)
- independent reading during workshop
- independent writing during workshop
Click HERE to access a 5-minute video by the Teaching Channel that explores GRR within a classroom setting.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a way of thinking and problem solving to identify what kind of instruction, prevention, or intervention each student responds to best through systematic school-wide support and ongoing collaboration involving teachers, administrators, families, specialists, and community partners. Simply put, MTSS leverages the principles of RTI and PBIS and integrates a continuum of system wide resources, strategies, structures, and practices around the academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of all students.
The purpose for MTSS emerges as we continue on our journey to create 21st Century classrooms in TUSD. Our work in Balanced Literacy, assessments, mathematics, technology, and CCSS has lifted the rigor of curriculum, instruction, and student learning expectations for all students. In an effort to support the students in reaching these new standards, TUSD has launched a MTSS implementation team to study and recognize current best practices. The goal is to align and refine systems across the district to maximize effectiveness in helping schools and teachers give every child in TUSD the support they need to succeed.
Readers of this book learn how to implement field-tested techniques such as:
- Quick-Draws and Quick-Writes
- Chalkboard Splash
- Hold-Up Cards
- Bounce Cards
- Debate Team Carousel
Click HERE to access Bounce Cards. A TPT for conversation starters that can be used to enhance and support whole group, small group, or partner conversations.
How do we design curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of so many diverse students and ensure high standards are taught and assessed? The answer is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Katie explains, “UDL is a curriculum-design model process that saves you time over the long haul and frees you to make your teaching practice more effective, while honoring your individual approach.”
On 12/8, the UDL Inquiry group studied the Affective Network of the brain and strategies to support representation (the "what" of learning). The next UDL Inquiry Group meeting is 2/16/16 @Estock (Room B-3).
Mark Your Calendar
ELA Instructional Phase 3: 1/4 - 2/26
The purpose of Phase 3: Expressing Thoughts, Ideas, & Feelings is to reflect and refine the strategies previously taught and build upon with strategies that focus on thinking, developing ideas, and sharing feelings. The phase will provide children with opportunities to develop deeper thoughts through their interactions with peers, therefore partnerships and/or small groups will be a key element of this phase. The work that children undertake within this phase will support their growth as independent readers and writers.
Text Type: Persuasive (Opinion)
Click HERE to access TUSD ELA Instructional Phases
Possible Teachers College Units of Study - Reading
K: Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles
1: Readers Have Big Jobs to Do - Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension
2: Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power
3: If Then Unit - Solving Mystery before the Detective: Inference, Close Reading, Synthesis, and Prediction
4: Reading History
5: Argument and Advocacy - Researching Debatable Issues
Possible Teachers College Units of Study - Writing
K: Persuasive Writing of All Kinds: Using Words to Make a Change
1: Writing Reviews
2: Writing About Reading
3: Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials
4: Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays
5: The Research-Based Argument Essay
Using Teachers College Units of Study? Need support in unpacking the units and projecting mini-lessons?
Contact Amanda Heineman - email@example.com