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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, March 3, 2014:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -It was very icy to start out the morning on the birthday of Dr. Seuss! We can sure only hope that the weather gets a bit better! Today for collaboration:
• Kindergarten discussed a writing rubric for assessment. We have a 4 point rubric that shows example with pictures and brief description of scribbles to strands of letters to more complex structure and finally to book language. The 4 point system is: 1pt for pre-conventional writing, 2pt is emerging writing, 3pt is developing writing, and 4pts is beginning writing. Mike Steberl came in and we discussed our students that go to him and their progress monitoring scores. All students have made progress on the phoneme segmentation test. Mike went over the test and activities that he is doing with the students.• The science teachers in grades 3-5 met and discussed the STEAM Expo that we are planning for the 24th of April. The group will be meeting with our elementary staff this Wednesday to review ideas and start planning the Expo!
• The 2nd grade teachers discussed a variety of things, they included: writing expectations for the year. We have focused on opinion writing, and moving towards narrative and explanatory writing for the remainder of the school year. We want to incorporate more narrative writing with dialogue in our writings. We also talked about what developmentally students should be doing at 2nd grade level. We talked about a writing prompt assessment for Ian to give students by the end of the quarter. In Reading, we are doing Dr. Seuss activities for Read across America Day, in Math, we are working on place value to 1000 and in Science we are finishing up Liquids and Solids and Moving into the Body Unit.
• The 3rd through 5th grades reading teachers met this morning and reviewed the schools goals for reading. Additionally, Mrs. Turner shared some standards checklists from www.thecurriculumcorner.com for the Common Core Standards in reading and writing. She is using these lists to track what she is teaching, re-teaching and assessing from the list. This website also has math, listening and language arts standards for K-6. Mrs. Parks shared some strategies about AR that she is using to keep her students motivated and moving ahead. She feels it is paying off for them and she is seeing improved STAR Reading scores as a result. Mrs. Good shared some specific issues with 3rd grade reading and the group discussed the paragraph assessment our district is putting in plan.
• The 3rd-5th Math teachers worked through many items from the Common Core Standards (CC). We discussed how to fill in the “gaps” between Common Core and the Math Connects Curriculum and we discussed Mrs. Armstrong using the 5th grade curriculum to make sure the 4th graders are ready for Common Core in 5th grade. It seems that the 5th grade book covers more of the CC requirements for 4th grade. Mrs. Armstrong plans to use more manipulatives and graphics to understand fractions and whole numbers. Mr. Scrimsher (a school board member) came in while we were discussing math. We explained some of the topics that are now being covered in 4th and 5th grade. Here are some of the sites that have been useful with CC in math.
MIDDLE SCHOOL - During the March 3rd collaboration two of our staff from the tech department came and trained staff regarding their new iPads. The topics that were covered are listed below:
- On/off and rebooting
- Keyboard pairing and charging and iPad charging
- Swipe up / swipe down
- Settings – device changes and adjustments
- Connect to nearest Wifi
- Logging into Lightspeed content filter
- App Store – Free and Paid apps
- Shared iTunes/App store account
- All purchases need to be cleared through Mike Taylor
- District reimbursement doesn’t apply to app purchases made with a personal. App purchases cannot transfer from one account to another.
- Default apps
- Clock – timer and a stopwatch
- Camera/Video Camera
- Installed apps
- Pages (Word)
- Numbers (Excel)
- Keynote (PowerPoint)
- Garage Band
- iTunes U
- Creating app folders and arranging icons
- Closing Apps
- Should be treated as a viewing device. Not recommend to store huge amounts of content.
- Email yourself documents
- Find my iPad
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 3/3 collaboration session, staff at Columbia High School participated in a variety of Professional Learning Community settings. Some of the PLC groups are continuing groups, some met for today only to work on a specific issue and will disband following.
• With FFA districts for all of District IV being held today and tonight at Columbia, putting the finishing touches on preparations was a priority. A group of staff met with students and community volunteers to review space and personnel assignments, seeding and protocols.
• A group of staff met to cover research papers and research techniques in English courses and other content areas. A continuing goal is to ensure that common research methods are taught and utilized across curricular areas, and that the writing involved remains/improves in line with the district’s policy/procedures on writing expectations.
• A group of teachers met to again review the Danielson Framework to improve teaching, particularly as it falls in line with the state’s new evaluation criteria. The group also compared methods for inputting evidence and artifacts into evaluation through either a traditional paper/pencil format or through the state’s “eVAL” online evaluation system.
• Some of our Career and Technical Education instructors collaborated on curricular expectations in their programs. Particularly highlighted was the ‘community service’ component expected of CTE courses, and how we are covering this component in CHS CTE courses.
• Special Services staff from CHS collaborated with the Special Services departments from the other two schools on campus. Topics included development of individualized education plans and services provided to students.
• Social studies teachers spent part of the collaboration session working with other staff looking at evaluation topics. Additional time was spend in the redesign of lesson plans in the content area.
• Science teachers also spent a portion of the time looking at gathering evidence of successful instruction as aligned with evaluation criteria. They spent additional time reviewing sample science materials.
• Finally, another group of staff met with representatives from the business world in an effort to redesign a unit for interior arts. Topics for the lesson unit include renting and purchasing housing. Input from a realtor and from a mortgage specialist are included in the unit.
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
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