Marathon: ELAR

Region Support Day #2, 12/1/15

Happy December!

Today's Agenda:

  • Focus: Formative Assessment
  • Reflect on best personal practices
  • Check in lesson planning
  • Review Questioning & Assessment
  • Tech Tool Challenge regarding assessment
  • Plan until Christmas and beyond!

Check in: how are things going?

How are your students THINKING?

For reference and review:

Reinforce, Refine, Reflect

Step One:

As teachers we wear many, many hats. Make a list of everything you do with and for your campus, one per post it note.

Step Two:

Sort them into categories. What do you notice?

Step Three:

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.

Dylan Wiliam, Embedded Formative Assessment
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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:
  • Socratic Seminar, "Speed Dating", THINKING while reading...Figure 19 tie in
  • DOK chart from Alice Keeler's blog
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For Planning:

  • Depth of Knowledge Chart (click here)
  • Bloom's Planning Guide Chart (click here)
  • Padagogy Wheel: technology integration (click here)

Looking for Tech Extensions?

Check out High Tech Verbs to find extensions, tools, and apps to correspond with your planned objectives:

Picture of the Day

Emoji Exit Ticket

Here's a link to a download version, courtesy of @87history
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Tool Review: ImageThink Notes

  • Visual Notetaking & Summarizing
  • Classroom Application Ideas?
  • Here are a few of our own!

Reminder: TEKS Resource System Updates

  • Resources: STAAR question stems
  • New! STAAR question analysis

Tech Tool Challenge:

Challenge yourself to use one of these tools with your classes before Christmas break!

Use this time to explore, experiment, and discover!

Answer Garden

Obtain anonymous answers (limited to 40 characters) that populate in a word cloud.

Poll Everywhere

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...

Respond here:

  • OR send a text message to 37607 with a message of: LAURAKILE453


Online post it notes to collaborate, question, and share

  • Ideas: summaries, check in, share resources, "parking lot" of questions, class resources, department collaboration, exit ticket
  • Embed: links, files, camera

Practice here:

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
  • Ready to create your own?
  • 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])

  • 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: Lit2Go

Resource to locate published literature and obtain audio and pdf versions of texts.

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Throught the Lens of a Scorer: EOC English Edition

Thursday, December 10th 3:30pm to 5:30pm; register here (it's free!)

Don't Forget: Come See Kelly Gallagher!

February 15th, Distinguished Lecture:

June 29 & 30th, Summer Literacy Academy:

Save the Date: Final ELAR Support Dates

Round 3 Results Driven Instruction: Alpine, 1/26/16, half day pm

Campus Support Date: Tuesday, 3/1/16