Elementary ELA - Top Resources to Get the Help You Need!
By Anne Folsom - Elementary ELA TOSA
We all know that time is the most precious resource of all - for people in all professions, but for teachers especially! If you’re looking for help with all things ELA, start here:
Elementary ELA Resources for 2020 - 2021
This document is also linked in each unit in Bridge to Curriculum. Here you will find:
Finally, USE YOUR TOSAs! We are here to help you as you navigate these unusual times. Have questions about planning, or finding resources, or using assessments, or anything ELA - just ask. We’re available through email or chat, or you can always come to office hours (daily 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM) to talk to a friendly C&I colleague and get some support.
Thank you for all you do - and please reach out if there are resources you’re looking for or questions you have.
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By Kristina Harris
A well planned think along ensures a higher degree of clarity for students. These can be recorded or live depending on the learning environment. However, teachers should be careful about not including too many ideas or allowing a stream of consciousness to be what is shared. In order to be succinct and simple teachers should keep the following in mind:
When using a think along consider using first person language to mirror what internal dialogue students may use. It is human nature to respond to empathetic statements such as the use of “I” statements.
Novice learners need to know not only the strategy but when to apply it.
How does the Acadience Assessment align with Proficiency Scales?
By Lisa Bayer and the READ team
Are we teaching two different things?
These are common questions that many educators ask. Fortunately, we don’t have to teach two different things!! If you use the proficiency scales as a guide you will be preparing your students for the Acadience assessment as well as meeting requirements from the proficiency scales
Want to know how to do this?
.Exciting news! Jeffco has aligned the Acadience assessment with the proficiency scales in grades K-3. The document below will show you how each benchmark assessment (BOY, MOY, and EOY) for the Acadience assessment and where the proficiency scales align.
2020-2021 Crosswalk-Acadience and Proficiency Scale components
As we move into the testing season, here are some additional documents that will help you get started as we move to remote assessment and instruction.
Winter High Priority Information for Acadience Testing
Acadience 2020 Teacher supports
Downloads for Acadience testing
Remote testing guidelines
How Do You Make Student Thinking the Currency in Your Classroom?
By C&I Math TEAM
Maybe you remember when Graham Fletcher was in Jeffco last year? Or, perhaps you saw Dan Meyer when he was here in January of 2019. Graham Fletcher quoted James Hiebert in Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding, saying “Student thinking is the currency in the classroom.” How do we make the learning in the classroom center around students’ ideas?
Jo Boaler says, “By putting problems first, we give students opportunities to make sense, rather than follow prescribed rules.”
When students are making sense of problems, they have valuable ideas to share with their peers. These ideas, and the conclusions thereof, provide the necessary depth and complexity for students to evaluate, synthesize, adjust, and adapt when problem solving. These shared ideas are gold we want to mine. They are the currency of the classroom!
Where do we find problems worthy of our students’ time and attention? Jo Boaler’s website youcubed.com has lots of math resources. The staff there has even collected some into “A Week of Inspirational Math.” These playlists are designed to help students begin to take ownership of their own meaning making.
Math 3-Act Tasks also provide opportunities for students’ thinking to become central to the classroom conversation. Graham Fletcher has many ready made tasks for the elementary grades. Check out Dan Meyer’s 3-Act Math for secondary.
Making student thinking the currency in the classroom isn’t specific to just the math classroom. The Wonder of Science is a great resource to find rich, inquiry-based problems that encourage students to share their ideas. EverFi offers engaging digital curriculum from Personal Financial Literacy to Social Emotional Learning and also STEM and Career Readiness. Actively Learn is a powerful tool for finding texts and videos that support multiple content areas. Jeffco has a premier membership for teachers and students 5th through 12th grade. Here is a recorded webinar from EdTech to get started!
Across the day, students need to share their ideas and make their own meaning. So, what problems are you going to give your students to grapple with?
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