Power of We

December 7-12, 2015

Colts


We have two instructional weeks left of 2015. Let's make them count and engage students in great first instruction.

This week

  • Monday: Teacher Assistant Meeting
  • Tuesday: Super 90 1st & 3rd and Staff Meeting: ACP Training
  • Wednesday: Super 90 and Tutoring
  • Thursday: ACPs and Tutoring
  • Friday: ACPs

Reminders

  • Posted lesson plans and schedules
  • Updated and posted LOs and DOLs
  • When reviewing for ACPS make sure you still have focused LOs and DOLs for your mini lessons
  • UPDATED WORD WALL: there should be a plethora of words posted
  • Clutter free classrooms
  • Grades should be updated
  • Be on time for pick up at Specials and cafeteria
  • MAKE SURE YOU CLOCK IN ON TIME: 7:40

Thanksgiving Lunch!

PPCD hard at work!

Esquivel

We have such dedicated teachers and many wonderful ideas around the building, please share them!

Lott-Woods

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO...IT SHINES THROUGH!

Small group instruction

  • Small group instruction is:

    • Teaching students according to their individual needs
    • Data-based instruction
    • Individualized instruction
    • Scaffolding


    Examples

    • Teaching targeted small groups
    • Flexible grouping patterns
    • Using assessment data to plan instruction
    • Matching problem level to student ability
    • Independent projects tailored to student ability

    Not Examples

    • Whole class instruction
    • Small groups that never change (tracking)
    • All students doing the same activity
    • Desks arranged in groups, but same independent seat work assignments to entire class


ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR K-2 TEACHERS

Early Childhood department shared a website they have put together a website which encompasses many facets of our work in the K-2 grades. For example, there are links to Istation, professional development, curriculum guides, etc. The website allows teachers to access many important tools without navigating various websites. The web address is http://k2ci.weebly.com/ A screen shot is shown below.

STAAR Deletes Field Tested Items This Year ONLY

The Texas Education Agency announced a one-time change in STAAR tests in grades 3-8 only: the elimination of embedded field test items from those assessments in Spring 2016, associated with a typical reduction of about 5 to 8 items per test. The state will collect data about how much time students need to complete the Spring 2016 STAAR tests. The resulting information will help determine what adjustments may be needed for the Spring 2017 STAAR assessments to "more precisely" comply with time limit requirements in HB 743 by Rep. Huberty (83rd Texas Legislature).

Brown

COLTS! As a new member of the Cochran Team, I would like to give a GREAT BIG Thank you for having such an inviting and welcoming spirit as I’ve popped in and out of your classrooms.

The 1st half of the this year is fast approaching and before you know it, show and tell time will be here.

Just a reminder let’s continue to HOOK our students each day into the lesson, making real world connections so that solid foundations are built.

  • · Tell a story
  • · Pose a question
  • · Use manipulative for exploration

These are just some ways we can get HOOK our students, getting them excited about Math and what will be taking place.

I’m here to provide you with resources, model lessons and most of all a listening ear to build on the great lessons that you guys are already creating. I’m here to help you!

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