Creston Curriculum Newsletter
First Quarter: 2015-2016
Creston CSD Adopts Annual Progress Report Goals
During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of 5th grade IEP students scoring proficient or above in reading comprehension from their grade 4 achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 35.7% (cohort groups will be compared).
During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of all 8th grade students scoring proficient or above in Mathematics from their grade 7 achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 71% (simple cohort groups will be compared).
During the 2015-16 school year, Creston Schools will improve the percent of all 11th grade students scoring proficient or above in Science from their 10 grade achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessment. Baseline: 88.3% (simple cohort groups will be compared).
Learning Target Reminder
By January 2016, all teachers will post and explain daily Learning Targets / I Can statements.
What Is a Learning Target?
The most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happen when teachers design the right learning target for today’s lesson and use it along with their students to aim for and assess understanding.
A learning target describes, in language that students understand, the lesson-sized chunk of information, skills, and reasoning processes that students will come to know deeply and thoroughly.
How Does a Learning Target Differ from an Instructional Objective?
An instructional objective describes an intended outcome and the nature of evidence that will determine mastery of that outcome from a teacher’s point of view. It contains content outcomes, conditions, and criteria.
A learning target describes the intended lesson-sized learning outcome and the nature of evidence that will determine mastery of that outcome from a student’s point of view. It contains the immediate learning aims for today’s lesson.
SIAC Holds First Meeting
TLC Grant Due October 16th
The next steps for the TLC committee:
- Develop job descriptions and post openings
- Determine interview committee and interview procedures
*Additional information is located on the district TLC website
Special Education Teachers Join AEA Consortium to Improve Reading
Winter MAP Testing is Dec 3-18, 2015.
MAP assessment information is also available on the school website.
Smarter Balanced Assessments
If you want more information or if you want to see a sample test, click on the link below.
Iowa Core Learning Resources
High school teacher Sarah Brown Wessling unpacks the idea of text complexity and discusses how teachers can design tasks with text complexity in mind.
High School English lesson about analyzing text, and a speech in particular. This is a 2 day lesson lesson where students analyze, adapt and deliver a choral reading of a speech.
This middle school math class uses a quick warm-up to clarify certain math concepts and get students in the right frameworks for the lesson to come.
Using 3 different color cards, a teacher can quickly assess how well each student is understanding the concepts being taught.