Monday, May 31, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
- Flixtime - an easier moviemaker type tool that doesn't need to be rendered that I will use for my next slide/video show
- Timetoast - a simple timeline that I will use with my next author study
- Jing - a screen capture program that I will use to show parents next year how to leave a comment on my blog!
- Wallwisher - a techie wall with "sticky" notes that looks easier than Gloster that I will use to demonstrate to my students how to take notes for my next report unit
- Fotobabble - a picture with audio that is great when you don't need an entire Voicethread - would have been great for the kids to say "Happy Mother's Day" on a teacher's blog
We even evaluated Speekgeeking using an evaluation form that took minutes to complete. To get an idea of what the faculty thought about this little piece of PD, check it out!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
What do we do on a New Team day? We start by enjoying a breakfast suggested and brought by the team members. Then it's on to getting to know each other by playing a game of matching pet peeves with people in the room and then putting each person in the hot seat and asking them a question that we just have to know! There was lots of laughter and lots of fun as we learned more about each other. So who has a thing about yucky toenails? Who can't stand belching? Who pieced their own belly button? Secrets - only first grade teachers know for sure! We selected a new Team Leader, my partner, Tracy Ruark, who will be WONDERFUL, and volunteered for Committees (Field trips, Spirit Committee, Homework, Foundations...)
Chets Creek Elementary
Non-negotiables - First Grade
• One hour Readers’ Workshop daily
• One hour Writers’ Workshop daily
• 30 minute Interactive ELA Skills Block daily
• One hour Math Workshop to include Interactive Math Skills Block (i.e., Calendar Math)
• 15 minutes daily and 45 minutes of Science on long Wednesdays (100 minutes a week)
• On average, including book in the bag, homework should take no more than 30 minutes nightly.
• Homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. No homework on weekends.
• Grade level homework is to be sent home by every teacher although it may be modified to meet the teacher’s learning schedule.
• Projects should be reviewed and effort should be made to align projects with the New Generation Standards. Projects sometimes go home before the weekend to give students and parents additional time to secure materials but teachers should not expect students to work on them over the weekend. Projects (including responses to Standard Snapshots) should be considered part of the 30 minutes of homework nightly.
At CCE we encourage students to be actively involved in extracurricular activities and spend the least amount of time as possible on homework while still building some rituals and routines around study skills.
Million Word Standard
• Each student is responsible for reading a million words a year.
• Evidence should be logged. Book logs can be paper/pencil, digital, school based or home based.
• Standards must be posted for the daily lesson that can easily be read by students throughout the classroom.
• Book of the Month should be attractively displayed and accessible to students. A Book of the month bin of 2009-10 books of the month should be part of the genre library.
• A system of organized data collection is required (such as a notebook that includes Diagnostic Profiles, DRA’s, PMPs…
• Portfolios in Writing and Mathematics are required for every student.
• Artifacts for individual students in Science may be journals, notebooks or portfolios.
• Teacher made Charts demonstrating mini-lessons in ELA should be evident in the classroom.
• Classroom writing rubrics of genres covered should be available for students.
• Word Walls should be obvious as students should be using them daily.
• Math artifacts such as teacher-made charts, 100’s chart, number lines with negative and positive numbers, manipulatives, strategy charts… should be displayed. A Math bin of books should be available in the genre library.
• Science artifacts such as teacher-made charts and evidence of an inquiry based laboratory should be obvious. A bin of Science books should be available in the genre library.
• Student work should be posted with the standard - encouraged on the walls of the classroom but with limited space is acceptable in hallways.
Standards-Based Bulletin Board
• SBBB will be displayed by the deadline date. A typical board will include the following components: Standards, task, 4 pieces of student work, teacher commentary. The board may also include student commentary, circumstances of performance...
• No SBBB are due in August, December, March, May or June.
• At least one board is required in ELA, Math, Science and a final work-over-time board.
• SS will go home with report cards on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks.
• SS should be done collaboratively as a grade level with an emphasis on discussing student work.
• Each student’s piece of work will be attached to the snapshot to be sent home on the specified date.
• First grade will produce a writing, math, and science SS to include a parent engagement piece.
Pacing Guides and Standards
• District Learning Schedules in Mathematics will be followed; Sunshine State Standards will be used.
• District Learning Schedules in Science will be followed; Sunshine State Standards will be used.
• First grade CCE Pacing guide will include reading and skills and will follow the Scope and Sequence of our county adopted Houghton-Mifflin core, using the First Grade Sunshine State Standards
• First Grade CCE Pacing Guide will include 6 genres of writing: Narrative, Non-fiction – Procedural and Informational/Report, Response-to-Literature, Persuasive and Poetry. Standards will reflect the America’s Choice Rubrics for the first 4 genres and the Sunshine State Standards for persuasive.
• The First Grade CCE Pacing Guide will include Reading, Writing, Skills, Math, Science, and Social Studies so that teachers can see “echoes across the day”.
On Course Grade Book
• No grades will be taken on content of homework. However, a single grade each nine weeks may be given as part of a habits and processes grade based on homework turned in and completed.
• There should be a reasonable number of grades to average for an overall grade each nine weeks. (5 or more)
• There needs to be grade level consistency on what is being graded and teachers need to be able to communicate with parents how the grade was derived.
• Teachers should post grades within one week of an assignment being given.
Communication with Parents
• A one page weekly newsletter is required to be sent home on Mondays on the back of the Connection. It must be edited by an Administrator before being copied.
• Written notes to parents, phone calls and e-mails should be replied to within 24 hours.
• Written notes should appear in planners and/or emails should be sent to every parent every couple of weeks.
• Blogs are highly recommended but optional. To keep a blog active a teacher should post at a minimum of every other week. An e-mail can be sent to parents when a new post is written.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
- asking Moms and kids to come dressed up - wearing their Sunday best. After all it's a very special day!
- inviting both Moms and Dads for a Parents' Day since Father's Day is always when we are out of school (I love "Muffins for Moms and Doughnuts for Dads")
- serving simple or extravagant breakfast or luncheons, usually provided by the teacher, since you're entertaining the moms in your class - everything from muffins and juice to a complete smorgasbord
- a card - sometimes a poem such as the "tea poem" with tea bags or a handprint poem or cloze poems that each child has completed about their mom with drawn pictures of the child and mom
- some type of performance - some are prerecorded (flip videos of each child saying "Happy Mother's Day", why I love my mom and blowing a kiss or a PowerPoint of baby pictures sent in by the family and the audience guessing who it is and then a current picture showing who it is) and others present live performances such as songs with motions and props, sign language songs, poems read by the entire class, acrostic poems for something like HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, all with a mother theme
- a wrapped gift - the most popular right now at our school is buttons threaded on an elastic band for a bracelet - actually I think I'd wear one - wrapped in a toilet paper tube with tissue paper and ribbon at each end
All in all, it makes for a very special day - often with a few tears as our moms and our teachers realize that another year has passed and that we are so proud of the accomplishments!