Keansburg School District

December 12, 2014

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For your holiday season reading pleasure....


Today at some point, each of our district teachers will receive the New York Times Bestseller: Teach Like a Pirate by David Burgess. Dave is a teacher "on a crusade to spread the message of Teach Like a Pirate - a system that can, like a treasure map, guide you to the reward of total transformation of your classroom and your life as an educator."

So your reading assignment for January and February is to read this book. David will be with us on March 18th for our Teach Like a Pirate Teaching and Technology Conference. David is a phenomenal presenter who will inspire you as a teacher, and person. Everyone will walk away with a tool or idea that will help our students and improve our classrooms.

Some of you might ask, Why a pirate? "After all, we don't want teachers who attack and rob ships at sea. Teaching like a pirate has nothing to do with the dictionary definition and everything to do with the spirit. Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to set forth into uncharted territories with no guarantee of success. They reject the status quo and refuse to conform to any society that stifles creativity and independence. They are entrepreneurs who take risks and are willing to travel to the ends of the earth for which they value." - The students.

SuperUser 1s Now Available for Training on Integrating Technology into the Classroom-


Beginning in January, we will begin to implement our retooled SuperUser program with the SuperUser Is. SuperUser Is are specially trained teachers in our district who can help you implement and increase your integration of technology in your classroom. We are following the SAMR Model for integrating technology (see image) as a guide for our work. These teachers are trained to coach you in this process so that technology becomes or further becomes integrated in your work.

These colleagues will help you begin to address improving your technology integration skills:

Christine Formica

Brian Janik

Katie Ginter

Abby Ackerman

Jacqueline Janik

Ashley Szotak

Please reach out to any of these colleagues (either in person or e-mail) and they will guide you through the process of being trained. Each SuperUser has been trained in our planning protocols and can help you -

If you are looking to learn how to use a program or application, please keep watching as the SuperUser II and IIIs will be available in mid to late January for your support. As always, you can always ask Erin Maciorowski for tutorials or help in finding the right support that you need.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Dr. Tom Tramaglini .


Critical PARCC Mathematics Information from Mr. Anthony Emmons

In preparation for the Math Portion of the PARCC, we should all be aware there are three types of tasks students are to complete.

Type 1 focuses on Concepts, Skills, and Procedures. These are mostly about obtaining a correct answer. Test items will resemble the traditional multiple choice, but also questions with more than one correct answer and those that involve tech skills such as dragging and dropping. Type 1 items are able to be scored by machine.

Type 2 focuses on Mathematical Reasoning. These are not only obtaining a correct answer, but also explaining the reasoning. These problems are not presented in a real-world context and more likely resemble a short-answer style of questioning. Type 2 items include some that are scored by machine and some that are scored manually.

Type 3 tasks are presented in a real-world context and focus on Modeling With and Applying Mathematics. These items will be scored manually.

Important to note is the PBA (March) will contain all three types of tasks. The EOY (May) however will only address Type 1 tasks.

Available practice tests are designed to resemble the EOY, and therefore Type 1 tasks.

Practice Assessments

Practice tests are available at

There are also practice Test Packs available on:


For more information regarding Type 2 and Type 3 tasks visit and navigate through the links on the left side of the page. There are samples of each type of task available for most grade levels.

For additional real-world problems that may resemble Type 3 tasks, visit and

I wanted to put something together that just focused on the tasks and isn’t so overwhelming. There are of course the evidence tables at the bottom of this page:

And even the Performance Level Descriptors on this page:

Next Generation Assessments - FYI from Mr. Anthony Emmons

Click Here to Access Site

Each of the NextGen practice tests has the following examples of question types and technology usages.

Elementary Test


Single Choice

Text Editor

Drag & Drop

Social Studies

Simulation + Short Answer

Drag & Drop

Multi Choice

Connect Line

Middle School Test


Simulation (Cross Out)

Drag and Drop

Single Choice

Multi-Part Question

Social Studies

Text Editor (Essay)

Text Box (Short Answer)

High School Test


Single Choice

Text Editor

Social Studies

Short Answer

Multi Choice (Checkbox)

Drag & Drop

Connect Lines


12 Days Of Christmas For Teachers




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