Read about the model here:
We are excited to be working with #wdsd7 teachers this year to improve instructional practices and grow professionally. Last week, the instructional coaches and I met with each building to discuss the 2015-16 coaching model. Coaches and teachers will learn together this year by participating in learning walks, book studies, and individualized coaching that will be tailored to each teachers needs.
Read about the model here:
S.P.A.R.K. (Students Practicing Applications of Real-world Knowledge) classes began on June 22nd. This summer students in 2nd-7th grade had the opportunity to enroll in several enrichment courses created by our teachers. 13 courses were offered this summer. Due to low enrollment, only 5 courses were able to run. This summer we have students enrolled in the following courses:
Wood Dale School District 7 is happy to offer these courses to students. If you should have students enrolled in these courses, please do not hesitate to provide feedback so that we can continue to improve our course offerings in the future.
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Thank you to Mrs. Subach, 7th grade math teacher, for attending and presenting at our student/parent workshop on April 8. Her presentation was about the shifts in math instruction due to the implementation of Common Core and the realignment of our math curriculum. You can view her presentation below.
Wood Dale School District 7 is proud to announce an exciting new summer enrichment program for second through seventh grade students, SPARK (Students Practicing Applications of Real-world Knowledge). The courses are teacher created, with the focus being on real world applications, 21st Century skills, and the integration of state standards.
The cost of each course is $75.00. This price will include a minimum of 15 contact hours of education for your child that will be taught by certified WDSD7 staff members. Transportation will need to be provided by each family, as there will not be any bus service available for these courses. All courses will be held at Westview Elementary or District Office. Course descriptions and registration information are attached. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
Don’t miss out on the fun and learning! Please consider one, or more, of these authentic learning experiences for your child this summer that go beyond the classroom walls and showcase some of our staff members' hidden talents.
To register, obtain a registration form here.
Physical Activity and Student Achievement
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.
Quick Reference Chart
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
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
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.
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.
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.