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K-12 Empowering Students and Inspiring Learning Through Assessment – January 2016

Welcome Back and Happy 2016!

Great conversations today around chapters 3 and 4 and getting into some revolutionize assessment conversation.  Hopefully you got some good ideas and examples around how you can bring some innovative conversation into the process of assessment in your home districts.

We also discussed the idea of the Jurying Process and here are the documents I shared around that:
Selected Response Jury Item
Constructed Response Jury Item

Here is the PPT we worked through: bit.ly/1Qd63Nx

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to further explore assessment and what that will look like in our classrooms around our existing materials.  To build prior knowledge for the discussion please review:
Chapter 6 in our Revolutionize Assessment Book

K-12 Grammar That Transfers with MAISA Units – January 2016

Great start to the new year!

We jumped into discussions around mentor sentences and digging deeper into the MAISA Grammar Units.  Great conversations around how we are seeing the work being integrated into instruction already.  Hope to hear more success stories on how we continue to implement the work.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/1JwItcy

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared with some thinking around facilitating or trying a grammar mini-lesson either through the MAISA Grammar Units or an idea out of our book Mechanically Inclined.

Read the Introduction to Chapter 3 in Mechanically Inclined.

K-12 Grammar That Transfers with MAISA Units – September 2015

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth grammar instruction conversation.

In this first session we went right into the MAISA Grammar Units that are available for us to explore.  In this exploration we reviewed what standards are covered and are not covered in the Grammar Units.  We also then discussed and explored the specific tools created in this work:

  • The Grammar Glossary
  • The Grammar Calendar
  • The Grammar Mini-Lessons

We also explored and discussed the structure of our book Mechanically Inclined.  Please come prepared to our next session having at least tried one of the grammar mini lessons from the MAISA units or from our book so we can share what worked and didn’t work in our first attempt at embedded grammar.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/1FgjDff

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared with some thinking around facilitating or trying a grammar mini-lesson either through the MAISA Grammar Units or an idea out of our book Mechanically Inclined.

K-12 Empowering Students and Inspiring Learning Through Assessment – September 2015

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth assessment conversation.

In this first session we had a chance to center ourselves around our current beliefs and thinking in assessment.  This discussion was centered around the first three chapters of our book – Revolutionize Assessment, and see how assessment currently exists and how it could exist in our classrooms.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/1LOMjbZ

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to further explore assessment and what that will look like in our classrooms around our existing materials.  To build prior knowledge for the discussion please review:
Chapters 4 and 5 in our Revolutionize Assessment Book.

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – May 2015

Good to see everyone on the last day of LCN!  We hope that you enjoyed this last session on further exploring the workshop structure of instruction in our classrooms.  We have truly enjoyed working with all of you and your authentic commitment to the conversation and learning over the year.

On this last day we focused on the aspect of formative and summative assessment and what that looks like in our classrooms.  This had us analyzing the Principles to Action Assessment handout that challenged our beliefs on what assessment could/should look like for us in our classrooms.  From here we highlighted what assessment might look like in the workshop structure.  This included looking at the basic framework documents as well as analyzing VandeWalle’s assessment handouts and then further conversation on how assessment truly fits in workshop structure for us in our current setting.

We ran out of time to actually view, but still referenced video examples showing workshop in action.  These videos can be used to reflect on how we could see, Common Core, Formative Assessment, and other workshop components in action in the workshop structure.

Math Workshop in Action
ELA Workshop in Action

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/LCNMATHELA

Homework for next Session: Sign up for LCN for next year.  Here is a link to the sign up page –http://goog.gl/SCjGTy

Early Literacy Practices that Work K-3 – May 2015

Good to see everyone today!  I hope that you enjoyed this last session on early literacy.  I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and your authentic commitment to the conversation and learning over the year.

In this session we spent a large portion of our time looking at Chapter 7 and 8 in our Debbie Miller books and relating that to our existing building or district ideas on literacy.  This involved digging deeper into the literacy concepts of exploring nonfiction and synthesizing to stimulate learning in our classroom.  These resources are linked below!  The discussion was great with many ideas and thinking shared.

We also visited a resource to consider to share with parents and students to avoid the reading summer slide.  This brochure put together by the Kent ISD collates many literacy resources available over the summer months for kids to keep reading in practice.  Most of the opportunities are free!  Visit the brochure that links out to other resources right here!  Here is the abbreviated link to visit this same brochure – http://bit.ly/1PTiD2q

Homework for next Session: Sign up for LCN for next year.  Here is a link to the sign up page –http://goog.gl/SCjGTy

Documents we worked with:
PPT Presentation

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – February 2015

Our last meeting was full of fantastic conversation.  The opening 4 corner activity had some great conversation going on around “Workshop” instruction in our buildings and classrooms.

After that we quickly reviewed workshop structures and had a VERY brief overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) looking at the UDL Guidelines and main website for UDL information.

Then we dove headfirst into videos showing workshop in action and then reflecting on how we could see, Common Core, UDL, and other workshop components in action.
Math Workshop in Action
ELA Workshop in Action

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/LCNMATHELA

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to continue on how “workshop” is working in your classroom and read the following:

Math Sense – Chapter 3 p. 33-43
Not This But That: No More Independent Reading without Support – Section III

Early Literacy Practices that Work K-3 – February 2015

Good to see everyone today!  I hope that you enjoyed the session as I tried to make some minor adjustments to meet the feedback provided from January.  The energy in the room was tremendous-great conversation!

In this session we spent a large portion of our time looking at Chapter 6 in our Debbie Miller books and relating that to our existing building or district ideas on literacy.  This involved digging deeper into the literacy concepts of inferring and using questions (by teacher and student) to stimulate learning in our classroom.  We also worked through some activities where we as participants were able to take on the role of student in applying these same concepts.  These resources are linked below!  The discussion was great with many ideas and thinking shared.

We also visited a resource to consider in the MEL for Kids resource and accessing the list of kid friendly databases specifically referring to Kids Info Bits.  Who knew the State of Michigan had such awesome literacy/library based resources?  Now you do!

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to share what you have accomplished with early literacy instruction in your building/classroom and please consider reading the following:
Chapter 7 and 8 in our Debbie Miller book.

Documents we worked with:
PPT Presentation
Hocked Gems
Ask Great Questions Lesson
Question Stem Pictures

Balanced Literacy Picture from Workshop Cafe Conversation

LCN Beginning Participants,

Thanks for a wonderful day this week in conversation and professional learning.  During the Workshop Cafe Conversation the topic of Balanced Literacy came up.  I happen to have a picture of a graphic illustrating the Balanced Literacy Framework, from a Lucy Calkins institute that we hosted about 3 summers ago, that I shared with the group.  Here is that graphic if you were interested in it.  Balanced Literacy Framework Picture

Thanks for your work and see you at the next LCN meeting!

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – January 2015

Great to see everyone back in 2015.  Great discussion today around workshop and connecting that with the Common Core State Standards.

Great questions to help bring everyone to a higher level of understanding in workshop instruction.  We also had some in-depth conversation on connecting workshop instruction with the Gradual Release model.

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/1w1sztr

A Visual of Workshop – Here is a video of what a workshop classroom could look like.  Try to find the Mini-Lesson, Student Work Time, and the Reflection.

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to continue on how “workshop” is working in your classroom and read the following:

Math Sense – Chapter 3 p. 33-43
Not This But That: No More Independent Reading without Support – Section III