Acton Weekly Update 2/15/19
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.
Once you have your groups, you will need to read the chapter in the yellow book that corresponds to your group. There is a chart on page 11 of the yellow book that tells you what reading stage your students are in based on what level they are. If your students are in the EARLY stage, then you will need to read this chapter. It gives you the lesson template and step by step instructions on what and how to teach for each lesson.
We will have upcoming PD time to use the yellow book to start planning lessons.
Forming Groups ~ Guided Reading
Use info from Running Records.
Similar reading level - one up or down
Limit number to 4-6 students
Use observations & anecdotal notes
Similar Instructional Needs to Pinpoint Focus
Use Pre-A Assessments
Use Sight Word Lists
Use Word Knowledge Inventory Summary Chart
Word Study Focus
Use Whole Group Comprehension Summary Chart
Make decisions for Guided Reading lesson based on:
Student needs and State Standards
Please let me know how I can help, what you need, and any questions you may have. If I do not have the answers, I will find someone who does. I am always available to help you complete running records, form groups, and/or navigate the yellow book.
Have a relaxing weekend!
HEre's the link to the Next Steps Forward Guided Reading Online videos, downloads and many other resources: Next Steps Forward Password is Results. I suggest bookmarking this on your computer and using it regularly to plan and find support.
The DOE has released items to practice with your students. Take a look at the way the questions are worded, the new formatting, new tools, and the rigor of the ILEARN test. Click on the link below to get started.
Planning Lessons by Standard ~ The DOE has provided many valuable resources
to help plan your mini-lessons and even questions your quick checks. Click on links.
Literacy Framework ~ (All Grades & all subjects) ~ Provides Learning outcomes, I Can
Statements, Question stems, vocabulary, & EL/SPED learning considerations
Item Specifications Database ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects tested on ILEARN) ~ Provides clarity to how each standard could be accessed on ILEARN, a breakdown of the standard that gives insight into the DOK and specific skills needed, reading passage excerpts, sample questions and expected student responses to those questions.
Performance Level Descriptors ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects test on ILEARN)
~Provide learning progressions for each standard from below, approaching, at & above proficiency.
Writing Scoring Rubrics for ILEARN
~New Rubrics & Guidelines
Organization/Purpose (4 points) & Evidence/Elaboration (4 points) ~ These 2 scores are averaged.
Conventions Rubric (2 points)
Students read 2 sources in 3rd & 3 sources in 4th-5th to plan their writing.
Conscious Discipline - Rituals
RITUALS BUILD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN KIDS
Thank you Brandon for an excellent presentation on the power of the Wish Well board.
You can access those resources in the Conscious Discipline Google Folder.
RESEARCH ON CONNECTIONS:
1. Connections on the outside with other people build neuro-connections on the inside.
2. These neuro-connections wire the brain for IMPULSE CONTROL.
3. They MOTIVATE us with a willingness to behave.
4. They help us stay ATTENTIVE.
HOW TO CREATE NEURO-CONNECTIONS BETWEEN KIDS:
1. Eye contact
4. Playful situation
I love this video on the power of Rituals in the classroom.
Camp Care A Lot Update
Camp Care A Lot is underway. Thanks for sending your students to the front of the line for lunch on their designated day.
We have almost 100 kids in Camp this year. Thank you for supporting this school counseling group.
WIDA Testing Window
Airways Testing Window
DIBELS Progress Monitoring- RED DIBELS Students
- eLearning Day
NO AM Collaboration- Meet with Nadine on prep time
- AM Collaboration- Bring your Yellow Next Steps to Guided Reading Book.
- 21 Kdg field trip
- 21 4th grade field trip
- PBIS Team Meeting
- PBIS Convo
- Father/Daughter Dance
25 Book Fair Week
25 Read Across America week
26 Children’s Museum outreach night
27 Hot Box Pizza fundraiser