The School Leaders' Edition: February 1st-6th
Effective "We Do" in RA/RC
As you continue to support teachers with mastering the "We Do" in their RA/RC blocks, here are several effective coaching moves we've already seen:
- Co-planning 1-2 exemplar responses per RA/RC lesson, embedding the "how" key points, with a teacher
- Giving targeted lesson plan feedback that pushes teachers to integrate the "how" key points in their "I Do" with exemplar student responses in the "We Do"
- Using cue cards with sentence stems/steps for the "how" key points that teachers can look at throughout the "We Do"
- Giving "in the moment" coaching when an answer is less than excellent and using stems like: [Raise hand], "Ms./Mr./student... how did you know that was the answer?"
- Having teachers watch a video clip of themselves and record student responses during the We Do and the "how" key points (or lack thereof) in the accepted responses. Take a look at a quick video analysis sheet to help facilitate this below!
Strong "Before Reading" in Guided Reading
Additionally, here are the key components to look for when you are supporting teachers with driving towards a strong Before Reading:
- Hook/preview of the text -- must have
- State the objective and review key points (aligned to a STEP bottom line) -- must have
- Focus on content with a "big Idea" question -- nice to have
- Address challenges that might get in the way of reading -- nice to have
There are also a few pitfalls or common mistakes that we have seen teachers make when executing the Before Reading:
- Teaching a bottom line for the first rather than reviewing the key points. Remember, this is no longer a Guided Reading lesson but an anchor lesson (teaching content like the RA/RC block but to smaller group).
- Spending more than 4 minutes in the Before Reading section. If economy of language is already an area to work on your campus, make sure that teachers are only hitting the "must haves" of the Before Reading at minimum and refining their language there.
- Not aligning strategies to STEP bottom lines and students' data. All Guided Reading lessons must be aligned to STEP bottom lines and students' data, rather than skills currently taught in RA/RC or based on the texts that are most available to them.
Additionally, here is a checklist that includes key teacher actions and sample stems that should occur during the Before Reading portion. Be sure to note the differentiation that should happen at the different levels.
Finally, here are a few videos that demonstrate what a strong Before Reading should look and sound like:
Affixes and Root Words List
Unit Assessment Updates
Also -- as mentioned during school leader development this past week, we will be revising our upcoming unit assessments in G3-G5 based on the network SSMs to more aggressively include evidence-based questions and question formats that mirror the SBAC assessment.
You will have the most upcoming unit assessments for G3-G5 by Monday EOD. Revised assessments will be in the same Google doc we post unit assessments. All other revised unit assessments will continue to be made on a rolling basis prior to your scheduled VoE/UP meetings.
Celebrating the 100th Day of School
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Writing Assessment Reminders
As mentioned last week, writing assessments need to be given to all students by the end of March. All campuses have the discretion to choose their genre of choice for each grade level to ensure the data collected is most actionable. G-cal invites for your writing assessments should have already been sent to Sharon, Kate, and Jaclyn. Principals -- please send G-cal invites no later than Monday EOD if you have not done so.
Finally, below are a few important links:
STEP Primary Testing
Bay Area and MKE school leaders -- your STEP primary testing window will begin the following Tuesday, February 15, until March 4.
Please remember to make sure that all materials are prepped, schoolwide pacing trackers (if desired) are created, and that clear expectations around the number of minutes teachers should be testing each day is messaged to teachers.
As a reminder, we are recommending that testing be kept to a maximum of 45 minutes per day during the Guided Reading block so that the lowest students can still be pulled for Guided Reading. We have also seen teachers typically complete testing within 2-2.5 weeks instead of using the full 3 weeks!
Non-fiction Guided Reading for STEP 10+
Monday, Feb. 8th, 5:30pm
This is an online event.
Zoom invite: https://zoom.us/j/3652061918 ID: 365 206 1918
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
The following VoE/UPs were uploaded this past week:
- TK - Coming soon!
- K - Unit 9
- G1 - Coming soon!
- G2 - Coming soon!
- G5- Unit 9
Reading & Writing Project Professional Development
You can download applications for their Summer Writing Institute (applications available February 24th) or sign up for one of their two day workshops that are available with limited spots during the spring.