Weekly Round Up 2/7/16

Please remember that the 4th grading period ends on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Teachers are required, by contract, to update all grades in Infinite Campus every 3 weeks.  Make sure that parents and students have access to accurate information in Infinite Campus.  Also, make a contact home now for any student is already in danger of failing — let’s use all available resources to get students on track and successful!


  • This blog post has a fun idea for teaching characterization or could be used when students are learning about a specific person in history, scientist, or artist.
  • This article has information on how to teach students to take Cornell notes, an information organization strategy they will need in college.
  • Go here for links to many resources to use for lessons during Black History Month.
  • Close Reading tip: When working with struggling readers on a complex text, attack it in small chunks so that it is not so overwhelming.  Pre-teach the academic vocabulary and main idea before having students jump into the text.


Domain 1 Planning & Preparation; Component F – Designing Student Assessments

  • Congruence with Instructional Outcomes
  • Criteria and Standards
  • Design of Formative Assessments
  • Use for Planning

Good teaching requires both assessment of learning and assessment for learning. Assessments of learning ensure that teachers know that students have learned the intended outcomes. These assessments must be designed in such a manner that they provide evidence of the full range of learning outcomes; that is, to assess reasoning skills and factual knowledge, different methods are needed. Furthermore, such assessments may need to be adapted to the particular needs of individual students; an ESL student, for example, may need an alternative method of assessment to allow demonstration of understanding. Assessment for learning enables a teacher to incorporate assessments directly into the instructional processes, and to modify or adapt instruction as needed to ensure student understanding. Such assessments, although used during instruction, must be designed as part of the planning process. Such formative assessment strategies are ongoing and may be used by both teachers and students to monitor progress towards the understanding of the learning outcomes.

The indicators of instruction considered Accomplished are:

  • Teacher’s plan for student assessment is aligned with the instructional outcomes; assessment methodologies may have been adapted for groups of students
  • Assessment criteria and standards are clear.
  • Teacher has a well-developed strategy for using formative assessment and has designed particular approaches to be used.
  • Teacher intends to use assessment results to plan for future instruction for groups of students.

Some critical attributes seen in an Accomplished classroom are:

  • All the learning outcomes have a method for assessment.
  • Assessment types match learning expectations.
  • Plans indicate modified assessments for some students as needed.
  • Assessment criteria are clearly written. Plans include formative assessments to use during instruction.
  • Lesson plans indicate possible adjustments based on formative assessment data.

Question for Reflection:

How do you use formative assessment data to adjust your plans and instruction to meet the learning needs of your students? If you are not making these adjustments, how do you ensure that your students are truly learning and mastering standards?



Notice! Notice! Notice!

Take note of the things your students are doing that meet your expectations, and let them know that you notice by narrating what you see. Remember the goal is at least a 4:1 positive to negative feedback ratio.  Calling attention to on-task student behavior in a non-negative way enables you to restate and in turn, reinforce the expectations for student behavior. It is easier for expectations to be met when you are clear about what they are. Frequent acknowledgement and praise lets students know you are paying attention, and very aware of what’s happening in the classroom. When they see and hear that you know what’s going on, they learn that you mean business and that even their smallest actions matter.


star Our Broadcasting Department received a fantastic donated set from WDRB.  It will take some time to install, but soon we will have a beautiful, modern looking set for our kids!


√ This week we welcome our new head football coach Michael Copley to the staff.  He is joining us from Franklin, TN.  In addition to coaching, he will be teaching weightlifting and PE.

√ Core content teachers: There was a story on social media about JCPS discontinuing the requirement of diagnostic assessments.  I learned about it the same way, and then later an e-mail came out, so apparently common diagnostics are no longer required.  The proficiency assessments are still required.



Happy Birthday in February to: Sandy Klinglesmith (8th), Chris Renner (9th), Lakunta Farmer (10th), Gary Crume (12th), Don Evans (12th), Donna Gray (14th), Max Slinde (14th), Kim Marshall (15th), Scottie Alford (18th), WS Walston (19th), Kevin Payne (20th), Kristy Holien (22nd), Dennis Whitehouse (22nd), and Nick Hibma (27th)!