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DNA of Learning and Teaching
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, March 23, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - This Friday will be an early release day for the students; it is the end of the 3rd quarter. This year has gone by so quickly…to think there is just 9 short weeks of school left for this year. This is always a fun and activity packed time of year, so please make sure you read our reader board and all the notes your child brings home! Today during collaboration;
▪The Pre-School staff prepared for a motor lab activity that will help students learn to the develop readiness skills. Additionally, the para educators worked through a training on responding to students that are agitated and/or disruptive.
▪The Kindergarten teachers reviewed the pre-school to Kindergarten transition plan and then…gasp…started discussing and preparing for the baby chickens and the STEAM night!
▪First grade is preparing for the end of the third quarter…and working on getting the kids reading, reading and more reading. The kids are taking off on reading according to our assessments and we are continuing to work with them on Dolch Word lists (high frequency words) and STAR tests.
▪The second grade teachers reviewed the report cards and how they are going to report to the parents on what they are currently working on: science biographies, parts of speech/plural nouns, and place value to the 1,000s.
▪Third grade reviewed student progress and discussed sending out conference letters. After Spring Break, the group will be working on the Native American unit, the Rocks and Minerals unit and in math; the kids will be finishing up their geometry unit with area and perimeter.
▪The fourth graders are working on poetry and preparations for the Burbank library competition. Additionally the students are finishing up fractions and in science; they are working on illumination devices. Both the 4th and 5th grade students are beginning to work on preparing for the SBAC testing that will begin in May. The fifth grade students will be visiting the Middle School this week; this is the beginning of all the end of the year activities for our oldest students! In math, the students are finishing up on measurement and data. In Reading the kids are working on character traits and making judgments. Science has been busy. Mr. Dexter finished up his last science field trip last Thursday. Luckily there were many dead animals to see each week, along with a few live ones on their trek around the game refuge pond. The kids really enjoyed this extension of the classroom learning. Ping Pong Design Challenge, Eco System Test on Wednesday.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Today for Collaboration the middle school staff met and discussed upcoming dates and events specific to this time of the year. Our agenda included: 8th Tri-Tech Visit, 5th grade Transition Assembly, Grade Due Dates, Conferences, MAP Testing, SBAC Testing, Master Schedule for 15-16 and repairs to the plumbing system.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 3/23 collaboration session at Columbia High School, staff broke out into Professional Learning Communities with the following topics:
▪With several new students entering the high school this week, a group of staff planned for testing and appropriate placement for these students.
▪The math department reviewed sites for common core lesson resources provided at the Common Core Workshop attended last Friday 3/20. We also discussed creating a shared math network folder for organizing materials and lessons as we gather them.
▪Science staff met to discuss lab reports. We wanted to ensure that students are progressing in the area of lab write ups and that we are structuring the teaching of how to write a report in similar ways. Also further discussed STEAM and how to integrate more fully.
▪A group of teachers used the time to review student growth goals and other evidence needed for the teacher evaluation system.
▪In social studies the staff collaborated on a cross-curricular unit involving content from American history, World War I in particular.
▪A group of staff members met to evaluate the efforts of the Link Crew program thus far this school year, and to plan for the remainder of the school year.
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