Thank you to Eric Thuneman for providing this article: How Does Physical Activity Affect Student Performance?
Did you know that the P.E. teachers have been working to incorporate the new Illinois Enhanced P.E. standards into their curriculum. Implementation will begin 2015-16 See this document for an overview.
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How familiar are you with SAMR? Watch this short video to learn how it can improve student engagement. The video provides examples of moving up the SAMR ladder using Google Docs.
Now that you have watched the video, read about the Problem with the SAMR Model.
ONLINE ARTICLES TO IMPROVE INSTRUCTION
- Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions To Use In Class
- Bloom's Taxonomy vs. Depth of Knowledge
- 8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom
- The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process for Planning
EQuIP Rubric for Science Released
The Rubric provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The purpose of the Rubric is to (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.
This is a great NSTA blog article: How to Select and Design Materials that Align to the Next Generation Science Standards. The entire article is worthy of reading; however, I would like to draw your attention to the 2nd paragraph and the analogy between 3-dimensional learning and cooking (about 1/2 way through the post). This should provide guidance when considering materials for instruction. In addition, the EQuIP rubric was shared with the Curriculum Leadership Team at our last meeting. They will be sharing it with you soon, if they have not done so already.
Learn how to build academic vocabulary/click here.
ELA Shift Kits: The English Language Arts (ELA) shift kits were designed in partnership with the ISBE and the ELA Content Specialists. There are nine separate kits based on PARCC's advances as well as one administrator's kit. View an introductory PowerPoint regarding these shifts. The Table of Contents for each topic lists the specific components including videos, webinars and websites for the shift.
Math Shift Kits: The Mathematics Kit was designed to give teachers and administrators background information on what is expected for student achievement with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Shifts at a Glance: These documents explain the biggest instructional changes in the ELA and math common core standards.
ISBE Annouces New Writing Website/Illinois Writing Matters:
The members of the English Language Arts Content Specialist Team have spent the last several months reviewing and creating resources for every grade level and content area for implementing writing as it is intended by the New Illinois Learning Standards. The ISBE selected several districts to review the site from Kindergarten through High School. New ideas will be added so continue to visit the site. www.ilwritingmatters.org
Educators and experts share their thoughts and suggestions about teaching math.
9 Ideas to Help Explain Common Core to Parents
- From the Teaching Channel: Authentic Assessments and here's more such as Assessing Text Complexity (4 min video). PARCC Text Complexity Worksheet that they reference in the video.
- Assessment rubrics and other resources
- 7 Strategies or Assessment for Learning/Rick Stiggins
- How Am I Doing by Jan Chappuis
NWEA has launched the initial version of a new website to help teachers. RIT to Resource is a website that helps you find open educational resources based on a student’s RIT. It also shows you educational content aligned to standards, and provides a projection of college readiness for students in grade 8 and above.
RIT to Resource is designed to work on computers, tablets, and smartphones. NWEA will be continuing to develop this site throughout the year.
NWEA has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide you with an easy way to find math resources based on a student’s goal RIT score. You can find these new resources here.
Illinois Standards-based Reporting Website: The Illinois State Board of Education is providing support for the transition to a standards based reporting system with a Standards Based Reporting webpage. Since we have made the transition, the information on where to begin may not be of interest but other resources and suggested literature may be helpful. For example, Standards Based Reporting power points, an overview bulletin, and reading list are included. Additional resources will continue to be added.