Region Support Day #2, 12/3/15
Reinforce, Refine, Reflect
As teachers we wear many, many hats. Make a list of everything you do with and for TLCA, 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
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
- 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: hightechverbs.wikispaces.com
From Questioning to Formative Assessment
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.
Reminder: TEKS Resource System Updates
- Resources: STAAR question stems
- New! STAAR question analysis
Resource Review & Updates:
- new pieces added
- additional themes added
- use discussion questions as sample short answers and classroom questioning
Social Studies Tie In
Historical Figure Cards:
Alief ISD Curriculum Framework (use along with TEKS Resource)
Thanks for the resources, Kathy Austin! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A word about THIS tool, SMORE...
- It's free...ish (only 5 free smores)
- Ideas: newsletters, class resources, presentation tool
- Be on the lookout for educator discounts if you want a paid version!
Manage Your Classes with Class Dojo
Class management, class grouping, communication with parents, and so much documentation and data!
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