McElyea's Minute

KHS PLC Newsletter September 19, 2014

Next Week: Altered Schedule due to ELAR Training on Monday and Tuesday

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Assessment Plan for 2014-15

*Benchmark assessments will be given during classtime over a 2-3 day period as to not to disrupt instruction in other classes.


World Geography
and World History will give benchmarks to students during the weeks of November 17th and March 2nd. Common assessments will be given at the end of each unit.


US History will give benchmarks to students during the weeks of December 15th and April 6th. Common assessments will be given at the end of each unit.


Biology will give a common assessment each six weeks. These assessments will be scanned and scored in DMAC. Benchmarks will be given to students the week of December 8th and on April 1-2.


Geometry will give one formal common assessment and one project-based common assessment each six weeks. Benchmarks will be given during the weeks of November 17th and April 23rd.


English I will give a minimum of two common assessments each six weeks. Benchmarks will be given during the weeks of October 13th and January 26th.


English II will give a minimum of two common assessments each six weeks. Benchmarks will be given during the weeks of November 17th and April 23rd.


Algebra I will give three or more common assessments per six weeks. Benchmarks will be given during the weeks of November 10th and March 23rd.


English IV will give three or more common assessments per six weeks.


ENG III will give a common assessment each six weeks and benchmarks will be given the benchmarks will be given during the weeks of October 12th and January 26th.


Chemistry will give a minimum of 2 common assessments per six weeks and benchmarks will be given during the weeks of December 15th and May 26th.

Reviewing and Revising Assessments

During our time together next week, we will be looking over our first benchmark assessment and making any necessary revisions if needed. Please bring with you the materials needed to be productive. If you have any questions, please let me know.
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Two Stars and a Wish

Each one of us brings something special with us to work each day. What are your strengths? What do you do well? What is something that you would like to do better or learn more about as a teacher?


You were given two stars and a wish template this week. Please come prepared to share two stars and one wish at our next meeting. You will write one of your strengths on each star and what you would like to do better or learn more about on the wish template.


This activity will help guide me in researching ideas and resources to assist you in meeting your needs.

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Challenge

Choose one Formative Assessment Tool from the handout given to you during our PLC meeting this week and incorporate the strategy into your lesson plans prior to our next meeting. Be prepared to share with your PLC next time we meet what you liked about the strategy and what you might do differently if you tried the strategy again with students another time.
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Learning Walks this Week Capture Super Snapshots

  • Teacher begins class with a Daily Appetizer. - A bell ringer is a short activity that can be completed while you take attendance, collect homework, or other small chores. The activities should be read and comments made but do not necessarily get a grade. These activities should help you gain an understanding of your students’ classroom knowledge as well as personal feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. This is a great strategy for bell-to-bell instruction and classroom management. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/bell-ringer-exercises-todd-finley
  • Students are actively engaged in collaborating and collecting calculations and data during an activity in the hall as the teacher facilitates the process.
  • Teacher creates a safe learning environment where students feel it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. Teacher also recognizes multiple strategies and a variety of ways students use to arrive at the correct answer and validates the students' thinking.
  • Teacher facilitates an engaging discussion asking students to compare and contrast two different groups of people with different types of leadership/government and relates the information to the current day democracy and lifestyle known to the students.
  • Students attempt to solve a higher order thinking logic problem as the teacher is actively facilitating and encouraging students to think using probing questions.
  • Teacher prepares a jar with different biomes listed on separate sheets of paper before class and then has students draw a specific biome from the jar to research. Students use ipads to find the information to complete a given outline.
  • Teacher displays an achor chart on the wall as a visual reminder of a complex topic.
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What Can I do for you?

Christy McElyea, KHS Instructional Specialist


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