Welcome to another Friday here on the Rosebud!Check out what your colleagues and coaches are talking about this week:
Assessing Behaviors and ParticipationAre behaviors getting in the way of learning? Having trouble motivated students to finish the year strong? The 8th grade team at TCMS created a Life Skills Rubric for students to reflect on their behavior, participation and work ethic for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Many times, having a conversation around the behaviors that are effecting learning can lead to setting positive improvement goals. While the rubric was created with a secondary setting in mind, it can easily be adapted to an elementary classroom.
Life Skills Rubric
Focus on Vocabulary Instruction
Common Core Conversations: Vocabulary
Vocabulary, Comprehension and the Common Core
Tired of Free Rice.com? Looking for some great vocabulary prep for your intermediate or secondary students? Vocabahead.com provides great videos and definitions for vocabulary words. Use it as an opening for a whole group lesson or have students explore on their own. You can even make your own word lists for classes! Teachers with websites: You can embed a customized word list into your homepage! Check it out!
Vocabahead - Vocabulary Videos
ConferringHere is another great model of a reading conference. Watch as the teacher focuses on what he notices about the student as a reader. He draws on a previous conference and links the strategy to an up-coming mini-lesson. Remember to log in to Choice Literacy and also check the Related Articles and Links below the video for more great information.
Conferring About Chunking Words
Reteaching Theme?As Unit 4: Reflecting on Reading and Writing approaches, many teachers are planning to reteach theme (a learning goal that students struggled with across the district). Songs are an excellent way to connect students to the meaning or message of a story. Check out this article about using Miley Cyrus lyrics in a 3rd grade classroom.
The Power of Personal Size White Boards
Personal Size White Boards