November 2015 Coaching Newsletter
Updates and Reminders
- Due to Thanksgiving, (no school Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27) there will be no classroom visits or one-to-one meetings next week.
- If our bi-weekly meeting would have been scheduled for the week of Nov. 23rd (Week B people), then we will meet the following week-- week of Nov. 30th. This means meetings for Week A people will be pushed back a week also.
- I will resend Outlook meeting invites to reflect these changes. Please accept, and note the change. :)
Strategies and Best Practices
Formative assessment can take many, many forms. Any strategy that you use to find out where students are in the learning process is considered formative assessment!
Listed below are just a few examples of formative assessment:
- Student reflection log/question
- Multiple choice question/quiz (polling)
- Teacher observation
- Entrance Ticket
- Exit Slip
- Think, Pair, Share
- Waterfall chat strategy
- Everybody Writes
- Project or Presentation (Create a ppt., timeline, video, audio recording, blog, etc...)
Cash, Richard M. Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 2011. Print.
We'll be diving deeper into formative assessment and looking at some examples during our Mini-PD session this Friday, Nov. 20th.
In the meantime, see below in the Resources section for some helpful websites/ideas!
Teaching Highlights of the Month
Students are also asked to recall their Essential Questions for their research papers. This is something they are referring back to again and again during the research process to help them stay focused.
Click on the link to view the session recording.
Progress Report Template
If you are interested in using this template or modifying it to make it work for you and your students, click on the link below to download Amy's ppt.! Thanks for sharing, Amy!
56 Examples of Formative Assessment
10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas
15 Ways to Know When Your Students Aren't "Getting" It: A Guide to Formative Assessment
Learning Target ppt. Template
How to use it:
- The first arrow should contain something students are familiar with (prior knowledge you are hoping to activate).
- The second arrow should contain the objective.
- The third arrow should contain an example of what students will be able to do to accomplish at the end of the lesson. (Keep rigor in mind.)
Click on the link below to download.
What are you thankful for? Take some time to reflect on our padlet if you'd like. It's good for our health!