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DNA of Learning and Teaching
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, January 26, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The week before the Super Bowl is going to be wild around here. There are a lot of students in blue and green. Our Pride in the Paw Assembly this Friday should be full of energy!
▪The Kindergarten teachers discussed the new LAP requirement from the state and reviewed the assessment they will be using for reading. Additionally, they are planning many activities for the 100th day of school!
▪First Grade is giving the STAR test and is collecting data in Math. They will be teaching time and clocks the next couple of weeks.
▪ The Second Grade teachers reviewed how to transition students from the Title I program. Additionally, they discussed working with Thinking Maps to support what they are teaching in Reading and Math…antonyms and coins/money.
▪The Third Grade teachers along with Mrs. Beden and Mr. Dexter met with Melissa Eversole from McNary NWR. They are planning many activities for the students this spring.
▪The Fourth Grade teachers met with the 3rd and 5th grade teachers this morning
▪The Fifth Grade teachers discussed the Design Challenge Mr. Dexter will be doing in his classroom tomorrow and the Patriot Profiles Mrs. Turner is doing in Reading.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Math teachers met and discussed 5th period intervention. We are dividing students into three groups- so we will explain the three sections, (geometry, algebraic reasoning, and statistics & probability) and how they will rotate (every six weeks). We looked at the different materials available for our use and how we would structure the time allotted.
Middle School Intervention teachers met to work on goals for some students with IEP’s in reading. They examined some student work and reviewed STAR and MAP scores for winter. They also went through TPEP evidence to decide what could be used as artifacts.
The building members of the district guiding coalition met and discussed the Silverback presentation from last Tuesday and how it would look if it were implemented in the middle school.
Eighth grade reading teachers met to revamp AR reading requirements for 8th graders. They are transitioning into more of a book club format. They looked at STAR results and will be grouping students around specific novels that will fit with their individual reading levels.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - The 1/26/2015 collaboration session at Columbia HS included staff participating in the following Professional Learning Community opportunities:
▪Science instructors reviewed procedures for testing with the biology End of Course exam as well as the biology Collection of Evidence option. Additionally procedures were worked out and reviewed for students who will be utilizing additional testing supports such as readers, sight management and scribing.
▪A group of language arts instructors reviewed present curricular options against those running start courses identified by Eastern Washington University as potential ‘college in the high school’ offerings. We will likely have the opportunity to offer college credit in composition and literature through a four year university this coming fall.
▪With both social studies and physical education having the potential to adopt curricular materials this year, these two groups came together to compare placement in the cycle of aligning curriculum and reviewing materials to most effectively cover the approved curriculum.
▪A mixed curricular cohort of staff continued to study ways to increase reading comprehension and improve reading in the content areas.
▪All remaining staff worked with our district’s student support services specialist at our list of students identified as ‘at risk’ based on semester 1 grades. The goal is to encourage these students to take advantage of the various supports our school has to offer.
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
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