Volume 7, Issue 25-----March 3, 2022

More than a Verb

Rigor is so much more than a verb! When you get down to the nitty gritty of it, you are diving into the complexity of the student thinking, writing, speaking, reading, listening...oh, and did I mention interacting with grade-level text.

Our tasks are aligned to the standards, but they could be so much more with some adjustments.

For example...

  • "Identify the author’s argument in the text." becomes a deeper learning activity when you shift it to "Examine how the author builds and supports the central argument."

  • "Construct a plot diagram from the text." can become "Explain how the author uses non-literal language to create suspense as they move us toward the climax of the text."

  • "Identify where the author uses non-literal language in the text." moves to "Explore how the author uses figurative language in this text to engage the reader.

The original tasks are not bad in themselves, but they become problematic when they are the finish line and not the starting point for instruction. (Unbound Ed Virtual Summit February 2022)

Where we falter in our planning and instruction is when we live in the lower level of the standard, when we don't push to the deeper learning activities.

So, how do we get there?

We look for opportunities!

As we have been progressing through MyView, we are noticing that there are often opportunities where we could push the rigor of the question or task--but this will take intentional planning on our end as leaders and teachers.

  • As you plan with teachers for instruction, begin to zoom in on close reading (Days 3 and 4) to see where we can push the task (and thinking). Rather than just annotating the text, what discussion can occur that gets to the why?
  • When you complete the Check For Understanding (possibly day 2--maybe postponed until later in the week), how is text evidence used to support answers? Are there multiple pathways to correct responses? What discussion can come from these multiple answers? Are some answers actually more sophisticated than others, why?
  • In EnVision, are you moving conversation from procedural to conceptual understanding?

26 Opportunities

We have 26 more instructional days until MAP begins. That's 26 more opportunities to help our students feel ready to show what they know!

Use your instructional power for good!!!!!!

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  • Shoutout to Etoi Johnson for leading our PD group, but even more for being an enthusiastic, skilled mentor! She has helped me navigate some tough challenges in the last few weeks. (nominated by Christina Sweeney)

Wednesday, March 2
  • ESSER Plan Updates Due (email Claire)
Thursday, March 3

  • PTC Schedule Due (email to Zitta by 4 pm)

Friday, March 4

  • Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
Tuesday, March 8
  • Network PD, 7-9 am, Mullanphy Conference Room
Wednesday, March 9
  • SpEd Caseload Due
Friday, March 11
  • Approve Kronos
  • Qtr. 3 Ends
  • Final Date to Spend Title I & Grant $
March 14-17
  • PTC

Wednesday, March 16

  • National Social Worker Day

Thursday, March 17

  • DLT, 1-3:30

Friday, March 18

  • No Students
  • National Speech Pathology Day
March 21-25
  • Spring Break


  • CSA #3 (ELA/MA/SCI/SS), K-6, March 7-11
  • CFA #4, (ELA/MA/SCI/SS), K-6, March 14-17
  • STAR #3, April 12-May 20
  • MAP, April 18-May 20
  • CSA #3 (ELA/MA/SCI/SS), K-6, May 16-20


  • 27, Lori Craig

Jeanine Zitta