Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ELA What to Look For Documents are Available!

The ELA Kindergarten-Grade 8 'What To Look For' documents are finally live! Click here to check them out.  I prefer and recommend the PDF versions, which are more user friendly.  In addition to the ELA documents, ESE has published science and math guides (grades 1-8).

The "What to Look For" documents were created to provide additional support to help district and school staff identify what should be observed in particular content-area classrooms, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in partnership with educators in the field, has developed a suite of straightforward observation guides for grades 1–8.

They describe what observers should expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in a specific subject area. This includes the knowledge and skills students should be learning and using (as reflected in state learning standards) on the front of the page and best practices related to classroom curriculum, instruction, and assessment for each subject area on the back of the page.

The observation guides are particularly useful to observers who may not have the subject matter experience to know what to look for in classrooms outside of their personal background. The "What to Look For" guides are not designed to replace any evaluation system or tools districts currently use, but are a resource to help classroom observers efficiently identify what teachers and students should be experiencing in specific subjects and grade levels.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Candlewick Press Giveaway This Week!

I just received an email from MRA announcing that Candlestick Press will be hosting a promotional giveaway scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th  and Thursday, January 14th in Somerville, MA. The details are listed below:

WHEN:  January 13 and 14 from 3:00-5:00 PM

Candlewick Press is hosting a giveaway of promotional materials including advance readers, posters, guides, bookmarks, t-shirts, and even some books. This is an open invitation to any educator.

99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA, right behind the Davis Square T-stop and there is metered parking in front.

We recommend that you bring bags or boxes to carry your materials. and ask that you kindly
RSVP to Anne Irza-Leggat so she will have a sense of how many people to expect each day.


Your friends at Candlewick Press

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Speaking and Listening

Ever wonder how you can implement and assess the speaking and listening standards in the classroom? PARCC has released a Speaking and Listening Tool. This tool has been developed to "help teachers better understand how to implement the Speaking and Listening standards into the classroom, and to gather ideas for feedback needed to shape student learning."
These tools include:
  • K-2 tools which include a performance task and a framework for classroom discussions and a more simplistic presentation task
  • Mode 1 Listening Comprehension (Grades 3,5,7,9,11) tools which include performance tasks in which students listen to a text and build their understanding through note-taking and discussion.
  • Mode 2 Research and Presentation (Grades 4,6,8,10,12) tools which include performance tasks in which students conduct research on a topic and present their findings and conclusions to their classmates.
  • Classroom Presentation (grades K-12) tools which provide a framework for conducting classroom discourse in a structured way
To access the speaking and listening tools, click here. The first time login code is MA1788, after initially logging in you will be prompted to create your own password).