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Formative Assessment as Guided Practice

"Test scores should never be a surprise. You don’t need to be a mind reader. You just need a formative assessment toolbox, and you need to use it every day."

Many times formative assessment is thought of as "an end of the period/lesson" experience so that the teacher can assess student understanding prior to the next day's lesson. Not untrue, but a narrow view that can sometimes lead to students wasting a whole class period/subject period due to a misconception. And worse yet, if the teacher waits until the end of the class period to assess student understanding, it is possible that students have solidified their misconceptions through incorrect practice! YIKES--that seems to be making the teacher's job more difficult!

Formative assessment can, and should, occur throughout the lesson. A critical time for a quick formative assessment is immediately FOLLOWING direct instruction and BEFORE students begin working independently with a topic. This opportunity for students to demonstrate their level of understanding after direct instruction can also be called GUIDED PRACTICE. Allowing for this "check for understanding" will allow you as the teacher to pull students who still have misconceptions for a small guided group while those who show understanding can begin working at application level and higher with the new concept(s).

The link below gives background on formative assessment, but also introduces 5 great tech tools to make formative assessment quick and responsive. Several of these tools were ones I saw used regularly in Moresville, NC--the 1:1 district I visited this summer!


PBL 201 and Coaching

Those who attended the 3 Day Summer 2015 PBL Institute will be part of the follow up: PBL 201 and Unit Planning Coaching sessions coming to SCPS December 1, 2, and 3. Each teacher has recieved notificaiton of the assigned day for his/her training. Please secure a substitute by Wednesday, October 28th and submit your PLR to Terie!

No Personal Days can be used on December 1, 2, or 3 due to district-wide training!

Math Co-Teaching in 4th Grade

Tammy Howell and Bindu Sunil faciliatate student discussion during a math co-teaching lesson. Our 4th grade teachers are planning and teaching with Bindu every Tuesday to address student misconceptions and boost math proficiency with 4th grade students. Great teamwork!
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FRIDAY: 9 Week Pin Ceremony/Fall Parties

Friday, October 30 from 12:45-1:30 in the gym, we will be celebrating students who reached their proficiency benchmark during the first quarter on the chosen power standard at each grade level in reading and math. (Remember that if students master it this 9 weeks, begin looking to the next grade level standard in that area for instruction.)

Classroom Fall Parties will be celebrated in classrooms from 1:30-2:15.

Fall Bash

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2:30-5pm

728 Ginkgo Drive

Shelbyville, KY

This PTO sponsored event will occur after school. Students will rotate to themed stations and parent will pick up in car rider line. Thank you to teachers who have signed up to support the event! See Amanda Wills if you still want to help!

There WILL NOT be an evening Fall Festival event this year.

This Week at Southside

Reminder: Due to conferences/report cards this week NO Staff Meeting Tues or Data Teams on Thurs.

Monday, October 12

Fall Pictures in upper and lower flex spaces

Kidergarten Parent Academy

Tuesday, October 13

Robyn Marcum OUT

Karra Axline OUT @CO 10:00-11:30

K, 1, 2, 3, 5--Writing Prompt Formative Assessment

Bindu Sunil at Southside

Wednesday, October 14

9:00-10:30 Krista Mornar OUT for Assist. Principals' Meeting

4th grade Writing Prompt Formative Assessment

Thursday, October 15

Third Grade to Stage One for production of BFG

Fall Conferences 3:00-7:00 (PTO providing boxed dinner for teachers)

Tiger Trotters 5:30PM

Friday, October 16

Report Cards go home K-5

Literacy Committee Meeting 7:00AM (Conference Room)

Coming Up

Oct. 19-23 SCPS Fall Break

Oct. 27 Mix It Up Lunch

Oct. 28 First Grade to Science Center

Oct. 29 New Teacher Session 2:45-3:45 (Gari Grider's Room)

Oct. 30 Lunch and Learn-w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

9 Week Assembly in Gym 12:45-1:30

Fall Classroom Parties 1:30-2:15

Oct. 31 Tiger Trot @ Southside

Nov. 2 Kindergarten Parent Academy

Southland Dairy Farmers Mobile Classroom

AR Kick Off 2:45-3:30 (Library)

Nov. 3 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Personalized PD Day (open to all/mandatory for those needing hours)

Nov. 6 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day

Nov. 13 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

Nov. 24 Author Visit: Suzanne Nelson

Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday