Coaching Corner and Compass

October 9, 2015

Carroll Compass Dates

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Math News

Exemplars:

  • Please make sure you are continuing to use the Exemplars rubric after the implementation period has ended.
  • You do NOT have to have students do every part of the rubric in their daily problem solving. You can differentiate and have students work on 1-2 parts based on what that individual student needs to work on, or pick a class focus that you feel that the entire class needs to work on.
  • 1-2 times a month, you should have students complete an Exemplars problem or teacher created formative assessment where students are held responsible for EVERY part of the rubric. This could be done individually or in partners. This would be your math block for the day.
  • Remember that the rubric helps us to embed process standards in every problem. Every STAAR question had an average of 3 process standards tested!!!!
  • The picture below shows an example of how you can keep data on where students are for the different parts of the Exemplars rubric. Leah in Kindergarten made something similar for her team! Using your anecdotal notes, you could have students set goals based on the rubric, and then focus on those areas with their daily problem solving.
  • Please let me know if you need support or other ideas to sustain the great Exemplars work that you have been doing!


Curriculum News

  • Check out the Advanced Math Learner Lessons on Forethought. It's a great way for students to extend on what they already know and for differentiation.
  • The CBA Norms on Eduphoria are incorrect in the area of grading. CBAs (math and science) are NOT taken as a grade. They are used for you to drive your instruction and differentiation.
  • Technology task cards/lessons can be found on Forethought under the lesson tab.
  • Cluster 2 documents and videos have been uploaded on Forethought.
  • When you are starting a new cluster, schedule some time at PLC to take the CBA as if you were a student and discuss with your team. This will give you some valuable information about where kids may struggle as well as what vocabulary needs to be pre-taught.
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ELAR

ELAR curriculum documents are going Google! You will now see links to the curriculum documents in Forethought instead of pdf attachments.


Guided Reading and Strategy Groups

As we begin our guided reading and strategy groups, I have gotten requests for what this may look like. I'm attaching a video of a sample guided reading and strategy group lesson. This is a great resource to help you get started! Let me know how I can support you!


Reading Pre Assessments

Michele Stokes and I attended the 5th grade ELAR PD this week and we learned A LOT! There were great ideas shared about how to analyze and use the pre-assessments to plan CFAs for your students. A few things we took away from the meeting:


  • It is imperative that you look over the pre-assessment before giving it (pretend you are a student and take the assessment). Write down answers that you would expect from students.
  • You may need to pre-teach some of the vocabulary or how to use the stems. The wording should not be changed as it was specifically chosen to reflect STAAR rigor expectations.
  • Once you have take a pre-assessment, use the PLC time to analyze student answers. Beforehand, you should sort the students into 3 groups (got it!, almost got it, don't got it!). Then during PLC, collaborate with your teams about what each level looks like.
  • Identify areas of growth and create CFAs that incorporate the process standards that need to be readdressed.


I am excited to work with your teams through the process of working with the pre-assessments. Please let me know how I can support you and when your teams are ready to look at the student samples!


Curriculum Updates:

Writing

The second nine week of writing is now available in Eduphoria Forethought. Please note the following:

· There is a grammar talks focus.

· There are suggested assessments linked within the document.

· Other graphics are now also linked with the document.

Reading

Cluster 3 for grades K-2 is now loaded. Please take time to watch the videos of Cluster 3 for grades K-2. Many new insights and learning has transpired during this time. You will notice that many of the resources needed for the cluster are attached to the cluster planner. The documents are now linked within Eduphoria through Google Docs.

Kinder

Cluster 3 starts November 9th.

· This is a three week cluster.

· Please view: Video: Cluster 3: Visualize to Experience

· Please pay close attention to the process clarity, suggested student assessments, and suggested response.

· Please notice the process coding strategies trickled throughout the cluster planner and mentor lessons. Explicit examples have been demonstrated throughout.

· There are 8 new mentor lessons.

1st Grade

Cluster 3 starts October 26th.

· This is a three week cluster.

· Please view: Video: First Grade Cluster 3: Visualize to Experience

· Please pay close attention to the process clarity, suggested student assessments, and suggested response.

· Please notice the process coding strategies trickled throughout the cluster planner and mentor lessons

· There are 4 new mentor lessons.

2nd Grade

Cluster 3 starts October 26th.

· This is a three week cluster.

· Please view: Video: Second Grade Cluster 3: Visualize to Experience

· Please pay close attention to the process clarity, suggested student assessments, and suggested response.

· Please notice the process coding strategies trickled throughout the cluster planner and mentor lessons. Explicit examples have been demonstrated throughout.

· There are 5 new mentor lessons.

Guided Reading vs Comprehension Strategy
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Learning New Things: Engaging ALL students

Continuing from last week...

The following information comes from Pages 42-47 of 7 Steps to Language-Rich Interactive Classroom by John Seidlitz and Bill Perryman. This week, we are focusing on Step 6 of 7.


Step 6: Have students participate in structured conversation

When we are explicit about how students engage in discussion, it reduces a lot of the problems that arise when we ask students to work together in groups. A simple strategy that weaves structured conversations into instruction is QSSSA (Question, Signal, Stem, Share, Asses). The teacher asks a question, gives the students a response signal to show they are ready to answer, students use a stem to share their reasons with one or more of their peers, and the teacher assesses the quality of the discussions and has a few students share. This process requires 100% student participation.


Reading Example:

Question: Is the character _____________ a hero?

Signal: Put your pen down when you can complete this sentence...

Stem: Evidence that shows ____________ is/is not a hero includes....

Share: Share answers with several partners

Assess: Have students write their perspectives in readers' response journals