Link to Google Presentation
Sample test items
Sample test items
On February 12th, Dr. Corbett and Dr. Kudrna presented information to the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce about the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, participants learned about the new State assessment that students will be taking this school year, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career (PARCC).
Link to Google Presentation
Sample test items
Sample test items
All first grade students and teachers explored a month long culture unit. During this unit, students learned essential vocabulary words (culture, celebration, holidays, needs, roles and traditions), read multicultural literature, participated in a vocabulary carousel, created cultural gingerbread dolls and completed a performance based assessment in which students had to create a poster that displayed their culture(s). On the final day of the unit, students participated in a culture celebration in which they presented their culture and shared pictures and artifacts from their specific cultures.
Other educators can use ideas from this unit and adapt it to their students’ skills and grade level. It is important to recognize that many students in the modern classroom are multicultural. The students were able to view culture through both a mirror (own culture) and window (others cultures). This helped students gain awareness and strengthen classroom community.
Learning standards addressed during this unit: SL.1.6- Presentation of knowledge and ideas-Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation L.1.6-Vocabulary Acquisition and Use-Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to District Standard- Identify characteristics of culture as reflected in language, the arts, holidays and traditions
Here is a link to the actual lesson plan from the 1st grade team.
Thank you to the 1st grade team for taking the time to submit this learning idea to share with our District 7 learning community.
Socratic Seminar is a way to engage students in meaningful dialogue and debate as it relates to a piece of literature or informational text. Ms. Hasse, 7th grade ELA teacher, and Ms. Geary, 8th grade ELA teacher, worked together with their students to conduct a Socratic Seminar. 8th grade students, who participated in the seminar last school year, helped to model the procedures and expectations to the 7th grade students. Students modeled how to agree, disagree, add on, keep the conversation moving, and ask for more information when discussing a text. For a Socratic Seminar to be successful, students need to locate evidence in a text to support their comments and to refute the opinions of others.
The Socratic Seminar process was introduced to teachers last year by the instructional coaches. As stated on the ICs blog, Common Core State Standards require students to think and read critically, listen attentively, and speak clearly. In Socratic Seminar, students are given meaty text that encourages close reading. As students read, they are asked to consider a question as it relates to the text. The discussion ranges from 20-40 minutes and fosters active learning as participants explore and evaluate the ideas, issues and values in a particular text. Socratic Seminar gives students a purpose for practicing the close reading of text.
Ms. Hasse reports that Socratic Seminar integrates reading, speaking, and listening. It helps students to think deeply about their text as well as how to support their answers. It encourages students to listen carefully to help determine which arguments are strongest and help carry on a discussion. Students must continually return to the text to keep the discussion going.
Thank you to Ms. Hasse for submitting this learning idea to share with our District 7 learning community.
On October 23rd, 4 school districts visited Wood Dale School District 7 to learn about our curriculum development and 1:1 technology implementation. In the morning, visitors listened to presentations given by administrators, instructional coaches, and technology department. During the afternoon, participants visited classrooms to see learning and technology in action. Students served as ambassadors by explaining how they use technology to learn.
If you are interested in learning more about our 1:1 technology implementation, we are hosting visitors again in January and April. Find the specifics here.
When reading, there are many things that are happening inside of our brains. We are decoding words, using prior-knowledge and connecting prior-knowledge to subjects and things that we know. Most importantly, all of this leads to COMPREHENDING the text. Teachers work hard to explicitly teach students how to comprehend by explaining to them what should be happening in their brains to better understand the text. Then, teachers have students practice this skill to make it become automatic.
In this featured lesson, Ms. Schayer worked with Ms. Jackson's 2nd grade class to learn about making inferences when reading. The students explored "clean trash" to learn the skill of inferencing. They used the clues in the trash, and what they already knew about the items, to infer information about the people who may have thrown these items away. The inferencing skill from this lesson will then be transferred to real reading.
To see pictures and learn more about this activity see Ms. Schayer's blog.
Below is a quick video about inferencing. Parents can watch this with their children and teachers can use this as an instructional tool.
Thank you Ms. Schayer for sharing this lesson with your PLC.
Are you a connected educator?
If not, October is the month to get started.
If you are, October is the month to celebrate your PLN.
October is Connected Educator Month. There is a website devoted to educators who are connected via social media and a hashtag #CE14 created for this year's events.
Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success over the last 2 years, the initiative is set to reach even more educators in 2014.
The goals of CEM include:
Many staff members in District 7 are already connected educators. They have developed a Personal Learning Network (PLN), participate in Twitter chats, and are involved in Skype/Google Hangouts with colleagues.
How do you plan to be involved as a Connected Educator during October and beyond?
Parents - This webinar is about 50 minutes and is a great way to learn about the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessment that will begin this school year. You will learn how your child is learning math and English language arts differently and how you can help him/her at home. Click here for the PowerPoint of the presentation.
Wood Dale School District 7 is a diverse PreK-8 school district that went 1:1 with technology devices three years ago and has not looked back. Administrators, instructional coaches and a technology trainer will share celebrations and mistakes. We will engage participants by having small group targeted conversations around key topics of becoming a 1:1 school district. Participants will be able to choose 2 topics of interest: (1) development of curriculum, choosing a device, and funding (2) coaching/professional development model, and (3) learning in a global and digital world. During some small group discussions, participants will be able to explore various instructional tools used by District 7 students and teachers. In the afternoon, participants can visit schools or meet with our technology staff about infrastructure and device management.
Ms. Kirsten Subach, 7th grade math teacher, asked her students and parents that very question and then posted their responses on her classroom wall for all to view. See Ms. Subach's tweets below. Students have high expectations for their teachers but they are one's that can be attained! Great job families!
Welcome to my blog! I'm Merri Beth Kudrna , a Curriculum Director in a PreK-8 school district. My past experiences as an educator include classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. I love watching kids learn & grow through authentic learning experiences. My passion is integrating technology into the curriculum and using social media to connect students & staff to the world.