Teaching and Learning in Fort Bend ISD
The first grading period is coming to a close, and the Secondary Curriculum Team has been busy.
Strategies for Success
Check for Understanding with CONCEPT CARTOONS
- Engage and motivate students (especially at the beginning of a unit). Uncover student thinking about their own ideas.
Comprehensible Input in World Languages
Our goal as a program is to use the Target Language in class 90% of the time. This 90% can be made up of the teacher talking and the students talking, reading, writing and listening. It is NOT meant to be simply lecture. Many teachers feel this is not possible in a lower-level language class (levels 1 and 2), but it is!
Here are two blogs with GREAT strategies for novice learners for keeping input in the target language and, most importantly, comprehensible.
Musicuentos (Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell) http://musicuentos.com/2015/10/early-circumlocution/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Musicuentos+%28Musicuentos%29
Tuesday’s Tips for Staying in the Target Language (Caleb Howard a.k.a Señor Howard) http://senorhoward.com/blog/2015/10/13/how-to-make-input-comprehensible-in-a-foreign-language-classroom/
MTV - Make Thinking Visible Using the Document Camera
Put student work under the document camera. Using this strategy enables the students to analyze multiple methods for working a problem and analyze errors and misconceptions. It also allows a venue for rich math discussions.
Math - MIT: HS Focus
Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 3:30pm
DHS - Library
District Department Chair Meetings
October 19 - Social Studies
October 20 - Math, ELA, World Languages
October 21 - Science
November 16 - Math, Science, World Languages
November 18 - Social Studies
Math - MIT: MS Focus
Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 4:30pm
DHS - C Hallway
Scientifically Sound (SSCI1928)
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 8am
DMS - Multipurpose Room
Improving student achievement is a collaborative process between the district, campus leaders, teachers and students. Scientifically Sound will bridge the gap between district and campus support models by providing campus leaders opportunities to experience, strengthen and improve instructional practices in science. These sessions will provide campus leaders professional development specifically designed to enhance science content knowledge and pedagogy. Campus leaders will analyze and interpret data, problem solve difficult situations and experience new learning in order to improve consistency of implementation in the classroom.
ELA - Short Answer Response Training
Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2pm
To Be Determined
Teach students how to read a text and look at word choice to analyze everything from tone to theme. Once students get the gist of that, answering the STAAR SARs becomes so much easier.