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1 12, 2021

The Benefit for Students when Teachers Collaborate

2021-12-01T18:35:58+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • That when teachers engage in a collaborative experience that includes designing a lesson together, observing lesson delivery, and debriefing with affirming and constructive reflection, then insights are gained, skills are refined, and students benefit.
  • The purpose of collaborative planning and reflection is to support each teacher in designing a student-centered lesson, assessing the success of that lesson, and articulating their own decision-making before, during, and after the lesson.
  • Questions to drive collaborative planning and reflection. 
The Benefit for Students when Teachers Collaborate2021-12-01T18:35:58+00:00
5 11, 2021

How to Build Integrated Literacy Units that Develop 21st Century Learners

2021-11-05T20:35:15+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • That to be college and career ready, students need to be able to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new.
  • It is incumbent on teachers to provide instruction that builds students’ receptive skills through reading and listening, their thinking skills through analyzing the information they are receiving, and their productive skills through writing and speaking about their thinking.
  • The standards design supports teachers to integrate the standards into literacy units so students can:
    • Access information by reading and researching a variety of sources.
    • Analyze information by critiquing, clarifying, examining, and discussing it.
    • Apply their new learning by communicating it to others through written and spoken language.
How to Build Integrated Literacy Units that Develop 21st Century Learners2021-11-05T20:35:15+00:00
20 10, 2021

How to Determine Measurable and Achievable Skills within the Standards

2021-10-20T20:14:36+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The standards define end-of-year expectations, but each one is too complex to be taught—and mastered—in one lesson and must be broken down into distinct skills.
  • There is a pattern to every standard and when you understand it you can easily begin to determine and identify the measurable and achievable skills.
  • Just as each standard is not designed to be addressed as a whole, nor should its skills be addressed in one lesson but over a series of lessons—from initial instruction of each skill to practice to application to integration of the skills in the standard and with other standards—until it is mastered, which means the students have the ability to transfer the skill across time. 
How to Determine Measurable and Achievable Skills within the Standards2021-10-20T20:14:36+00:00
15 10, 2021

How Learning Progressions in the Standards Support Students AND Their Teachers

2021-10-15T18:24:51+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The authors of the literacy standards wrote the standards with the end in mind by starting with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards, which define the ultimate expectations in each strand and anchor the grade-specific standards.
  • With the CCR standards serving as the ultimate goal, the grade-level standards were intentionally crafted as a clear and cumulative path from kindergarten to college and career readiness.
  • How teachers can leverage these progressions to focus instruction on the skills specific to their grade level, make connections to what was previously taught, and build a foundation for what is to come. 
How Learning Progressions in the Standards Support Students AND Their Teachers2021-10-15T18:24:51+00:00
14 09, 2021

Step 3 in a Reflective Data Analysis Protocol: Analyze What Happens Next

2021-09-08T00:00:26+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The most effective data protocol is one that has a built-in process to analyze why students did or did not learn what they needed to because it will help you when it comes to reteaching to the specific needs of your students.
  • A reflective data analysis protocol includes 3 steps: Identify what happened, reflect on why it happened, identify what happens next.
  • That once you have analyzed what happened and why, you are ready to develop a reteaching plan that includes those decisions that supported success and must include solutions to those decisions that hindered success.
Step 3 in a Reflective Data Analysis Protocol: Analyze What Happens Next2021-09-08T00:00:26+00:00