Region Support Day #2, 12/1/15
Reinforce, Refine, Reflect
As teachers we wear many, many hats. Make a list of everything you do with and for your campus, one per post it note.
Sort them into categories. What do you notice?
Resort into three categories:
1. Reinforce: Things I do well and want to/must continue doing
2. Refine: Things I want to tweak or change
3. Reflect: Things I want to stop doing
The Focus: Formative Assessments
What IS a formative assessment?
“A tool that teachers use to measure student grasp of specific topics and skills they are teaching…(and) to identify specific student misconceptions and mistakes while the material is being taught.” --Stuart Kahl, 2005, page 38
The marriage of learning progressions and high-quality formative assessment strategies will answer the following key questions to guide instructor feedback:
(Hattie & Timperley, The Power of Feedback, p.81, 2007)
Where am I going (what are the goals)?
How am I going (what progress is being made toward the goal)?
Where do I go next (what activities need to be undertaken to make progress)?
It's all about FEEDBACK:
Feedback should be timely and focus on the most important learning goals.
Comments rather than grades yield a higher quality of work and understanding.
Feedback should cause thinking.
Feedback should be more work for the recipient than the donor.
Students should have class time to revise work before re-submission.
Feedback should be specific and task oriented.
Check In Regarding Questioning
How are you questioning your students? How are they questioning one another?
- Pre-planning Higher Order Thinking Questions in lesson plans
- Focused Shift: Student questioning through sticks, wheels, mats, etc.
- Reminder: T-TESS evaluation tie in
- See ELAR "sticks" here
- Use a Random Generator: http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/
- Socratic Seminar, "Speed Dating", THINKING while reading...Figure 19 tie in
- DOK chart from Alice Keeler's blog
Reminder: TEKS Resource System Updates
- Resources: STAAR question stems
- New! STAAR question analysis
Obtain anonymous answers (limited to 40 characters) that populate in a word cloud.
Poll students (multiple choice, choose an image, free response, OR click an image) via texting from their phones or from their devices (limit 40 responses per poll).
It's free, it's awesome, and it's interactive!
Check in with Assessment & Student Thinking...
- online: PollEv.com/laurakile453
- OR send a text message to 37607 with a message of: LAURAKILE453
Gamify your classroom with Kahoot!
Engage your students with an interactive and competitive review!
- Use Kahoot! to review and interact with your students.
- Ideas: review concepts, vocabulary, test prep, classroom rules
- Enrich: have students create their own Kahoots! to play as a class
- Let's play! Go to kahoot.it
- Ready to create your own? getkahoot.com
- Utilize the repository of already created kahoots online
- Flip the learning: have students create kahoot questions to play/review as a class
Student Video Creation (why it works: easy to use & acclimate, quick process [one class period]) https://animoto.com/education/classroom
- Students create videos to explain a concept (literary device), visually depict vocabulary words, visually explain an analogy, create book trailers, make connections back to previous works studied
- See student sample here
- Pro tip: make sure the computers you're working with have updated flash players; be sure your students use your educator code to give them the free pro version.
- BE SURE TO get the free educator account, sign up, THEN when you're signed in, click to apply for the free educator account.
- OR steal Kile's code here: a4ekileb6aaf7
Resource to locate published literature and obtain audio and pdf versions of texts.