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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, November 23, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - This morning we had a student return from Federal Way…we were so happy to see him back here in Burbank! This morning for collaboration:
▪Kindergarten set up check points in the reading series for December and January. The group also went over six of the Thinking Maps and designed an activity for each of them (this is also part of their professional goals and the School Improvement Plan).
▪1st grade reviewed students that are possible candidates for the highly capable program and reviewed the reading program for December.
▪2nd grade is going to ‘clean’ pennies with Coke and 7-up as part of an experiment then learn about the Statue of Liberty. The group also discussed to the rubric for Opinion Writing and the writing samples they will be doing in December.
▪3rd grade reviewed the writing assignments students will be doing over the next two weeks. Additionally, the kids will be working on summarization skills in Reading and using a journal to keep track of the story events…eventually the students will take an AR assessment on the story.
▪4th/5th grade discussed the classes of levers and set up a Social Studies scavenger hunt for the students this week!
▪The para-educators and pre-school met with Heidi Reardon to learn about Trauma Informed Care and a professional development opportunity our school is going to be involved in possible with Vista Hermosa School.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Science teachers discussed the pacing for 8th grade life science classes and did cooperative lesson and lab planning for that class from now to the beginning of January. They also discussed their TPEP goals and current progress on reaching them along with sharing some student data.
Math teacher met to discuss lesson pacing, regularity of testing, and protocol for field trip days. We have a field trip on Wednesday and one teacher was asking what the ineligible students did at school and which staff members were going on the trip. The ineligible students will work on missing assignments provided by their subject area teacher, math packets if no subject area work available and reading packets to reinforce concepts taught, i.e. main idea making inferences, author’s approach, etc…)
8th grade reading teachers met and collaborated on upcoming units in Reading for 8th grade. They planned for the end of the characterization unit, and made some adjustments to the unit assessment. They then began planning for the next unit on Theme. they will be using several selections from the literature book to introduce theme, and then using the Diary of Anne Frank as the major source of theme work. They put together a timeline for work and discussed what materials they would be using for the study.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 11/22/15 collaboration session for Columbia High School, the staff started off together as a full group planning for upcoming testing dates. In addition to our standard semester finals, our students will be asked to participate in repeat End of Course exams for the areas of science, algebra and geometry this winter. With the number and variety of high stakes tests, and the variety of these based on cohort graduation year, ensuring that the staff is giving a high priority to planning for and preparing our students for these tests is paramount.Following this, staff were able to break out into smaller Professional Learning Communities where each PLC had the task of redesigning a previously taught lesson. The goal of the redesigning protocol is to make a lesson more engaging to students.
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