Saturday, December 21, 2013

12/20 Coordinator Meeting, CO, WGHS, Hixson

Started the morning at Coordinator meeting

Headed over to Hixson:
1.  Drop of DBQ binder and resources to 7th Grade Social Studies
2.  See Hot Air Balloons in action

Headed over to CO to drop off paperwork and resources.

Then to WGHS to work on Social media PD on 1/6:
*NOTE: not finished

Afterschool headed over to Hixson to set up for 1/6 PD day.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12/19 WGHS

Started the day with email.  Why email?  Well from being out 1 day I had a TON of it!

Emailed out details for the Hot Air Balloon event:

Met with Copy Center to go over scanning projects

Organized 1/2 day with 6-8 team.

Began reading C3 Framework, takeaways include:
C3 Framework
My Takeaways

The C3 Framework1 is centered on an Inquiry Arc—a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content.
Content is critically important to the disciplines within social studies, and individual state leadership will be required to select appropriate and relevant content.
Reflecting the shared responsibility for literacy learn- ing put forward by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects  the C3 Framework fully incorporates and extends the expectations from the grades K–5 English Language Arts standards and the grades 6–12 standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
The C3 Framework begins with two narrative explanations: the Inquiry Arc, which provides the organizing structure for the document; and the Overview of English Language Arts/Literacy Common Core Connections, which highlights the important relationship between the C3 Framework and the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy. Next, the C3 Framework presents the following four Dimensions: 1 Developing questions and planning inquiries; 2 Applying disciplinary concepts and tools; 3 Evaluating sources and using evidence; and 4 Communicating conclusions and taking informed action.
The C3 Framework closes with five appendices.

C3 has limits and didn’t take into account many factors.
 Questioning is key to student learning. The C3 Framework encourages the use of compelling and supporting questions, both teacher- and student-gen- erated, as a central element of the teaching and learning process

12/18 Sick Day

Monday, December 16, 2013

12/16 WGHS, Hixson

Started the day responding to emails from over the weekend.

Set up for Social Studies Vertical team by:
Printing and copying vertical Alignment
Created this timeline:

Printing US constitution assessments at 4th, 8th and high school.
Created Graphic organizer for interacting with assessments like this:

canceled meeting at Avery
Reminded Hixson about being in building

Read this blog post on innovation:

Watched this video: What's your sentence?

Confirmed January meeting dates for facilitators and 2nd year team.

Set up planning meeting for 2nd year teacher group

Headed over to Hixson for 7th grade science meeting.

Friday, December 13, 2013

12/13 WGHS, Bristol, Edgar Road, WGHS

Started the Day at Coordinator meeting

Headed over to Bristol to meet with 2nd Grade regards Science and Social Studies changes.

Afterwords, headed over to Edgar Road to judge their winter Bulletin Boards. Here are couple of my favs:

Headed back over to WGHS to:

Watch this film:

Sent email update to Flip PD people.  The email included:
  • We're all set to meet on January 7th, you should all have received an email calendar invite.  
  • I have worked out all the details the Techsmith and have secured all the codes for the software.  Just so you know it was ALL donated.  That's $300 per code x 17 codes = $5100 saved!
  • At this first meeting we will be planning all the other meeting dates.

  • We will have vouchers to reward you for your commitment to education and taking a risk.
  • I'm finalizing how many classes we can pay you for.
  • We've secured at least 1 day of paid summer work to record your videos.  I'm sure you'll work more than that.
Have 3 minutes?  

Exercise in Transparency:
Here's what I think we'll be discovering/learning about in each of our sessions: 
(these are all in draft form so please feel free to comment, add, take away, etc.)

Class 1:
Getting to know you
KWL re: Flipping
Orientation to G+

Class 2:
Experts in flipping hangout (bringing in the best of the best for us to video chat and ask clarifying questions)
Flipping "versions"
What's year 1 for me, what's my progression? Where do I go next?

Class 3:
All about McGee...How did I use it in my 6th grade science class?
Watch and critique a video
Classroom procedures that changed
Progression to implementation - What's your path?

Class 4:
Structures and systems that exist to support you:
Crazy for Education
Google forms
Crazy for Education

Summer work:
Orientation to Software
Recording videos
Classroom procedures

Next School Year:
Class 5:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
What happens when they don't watch the video?

Class 6:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Robust Assessment

Class 7:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Classroom activities

Class 8:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition

Eval and KWL revisit

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/12 CECH, WGHS, Bristol, Ed Plus

Started the morning at a CECH meeting.

Discussed Kids voting USA and Missouri
Discussed MYLOGO event with Avery and Hudson
Received a presentation from Dr. Charles Schmitz around World Class city:

Headed back to WGHS to:

  • Answer email.
  • Planned FLIP presentation and finalized enrollment
  • Revise SS K-8 Scope and Sequence
  • sent meeting reminders to vertical team

Met with 3rd grade Bristol

Met with Program director at Edplus re: science leadership and advocacy teams.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12/11 Bristol, CO, Bristol, WGHS

Started the day with 5th grade at Bristol discussing curriculum drafts.

Headed over to CO to work on DQ 2-4 presentation for schools.

Headed back over to Bristol to meet with Kindergarten.

Picked up resources from copy center and moved those onto the server.

Planned more on the Flip Teaching workshop, details below:

Class 1:
Getting to know you
KWL re: Flipping
Orientation to G+

Class 2:
Experts in flipping hangout
Flipping "versions"
What's year 1 for me, what's my progression? Where do I go next?

1/2 Day Observation:
What does the Flip Class look like?

Class 3:
All about McGee...
Watch and critique video
Classroom procedures
Progression to implementation

Class 4:
Structures and systems that exist to support you:
Crazy for Education
Google forms
Crazy for Education
Flipped classroom Certification:

Summer work:
Orientation to Software
Recording videos
Classroom procedures

Next School Year:
Class 5:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
What happens when they don't watch the video?

Class 6:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Robust Assessment

Class 7:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Classroom activities

Class 8:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Eval and KWL revisit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12/10 WGHS, Bristol, Steger

Started the day at WGHS.  Prepared for Grade level meetings with Bristol teachers throughout the week.  Made this presentation and made handouts of this presentation:

Met with 4th grade teachers...

Started Reading Eat Move Sleep.

Met with 1st grade teachers...

Headed over to Steger to meet with Social Studies team.

Met with Math coordinator

After-School Met with Social Studies 6th grade

Monday, December 9, 2013

12/9 Hixson, Hudson, WGHS, Central Office, WGHS

Started the day meeting with 7th grade socials studies teacher.  We discussed the curriculum draft process and developing a meeting to iron our location of content in middle school.  As a result I reached out to building principals.

Afterwords I went to 8th grade science.  There students gave presentations on the experiments they designed.  Images here:

Packed up quad beam balances and drove them over to Hudson.

Dropped of 12 balances to Hudson for use in 5th grade science class.

Headed to WGHS.  Met with Coordinators to Plan January 30th Staff development.  Notes and details here:

Headed over to Central Office to meet with Assistant Supt.  We planned out the January 6th Staff development day and visioned an Edcamp Style session offering.

Back to WGHS to:
  • advertise SS vertical team
  • reach out to 3rd grade and 6th grade regard Force and Motion Assessments
  • email Hixson regarding the 17th Hixson coordinator day
Headed home to:

12/5 and 12/6 PDK event

Traveled to Washington DC for PDK event

Took notes here:

Notes and interactions also compiled here:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

12/3 and 12/4 WGHS

12/3 work with 4th grade teachers to revise Curriculum drafts.

12/4 work with 5th grade teachers to revise Curriculum drafts.

Monday, December 2, 2013

12/2 WGHS

Worked on K-5 Social Studies Curriculum drafts:
Worked on 4th and 5th grade curriculum drafts for Science:
Met with iDEA to discuss:

  • reviewed google form for sign ups for 1/6
  • Discussed iDEA virtual space.
Attended strategic planning.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

11/27 WGHS

Scanned documents and cleaned up desk

Hosted Teleconference with Discovery Ed.

Techbook is customizable - Missouri Version and national version

Rockwood, Parkway piloting them

Provide support as apart of the implementation.  Webex and or live meeting when in the area.

Professional development is key.  Support for teachers is next in line.  Start with fewer grades and fewer schools.

School based model is most successful.

Where do we start? Start with 6 year pricing and techbook can be paid for over multiple years.

Social Studies - 6 years = $48/student,  1st year= $17/student, 2-6= $6/student/year

Science - Middle School 6 years $38/student
Elementary 6 Years $30/student

Fundamental change - Setting up transformation in process.

Worked with District Tech Director to find district contacts, then recorded this video:

Finally chatted with about dry erase boards

Updated 4th grade social studies files.  Set agenda for updating the rest of the files.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

11/26 Edgar Road Day

Awesome day!
Teachers signed up here:

Chatted with 5th grade teacher about Science fair.

Invesitgated tweentribune, tuebl and rewordify for creative ideas around reading.

Met with 3rd grade teacher piloting science and social studies units.

Played Jeopardy about rocks and Earth's processes in 4th grade.

Chatted with teacher about the SCI/SS curriculum draft process

Discussed Kindergarten Science and Social Studies and set up work email on her phone :-)

Did some science lesson on Viscosity in 1st grade

Friday, November 22, 2013

11/22 NCSS day 2

Started the day with a coordinator meeting.

Headed down to NCSS conference.

Tweets from the day here:

Learning documented here:

11/21 NCSS day 1

Started the day at WGHS cleaning up the Science curriculum day, answering emails etc.

Headed down to the NCSS conference.

Registered and led tour from Convention Center to Busch Stadium.  Met with owner, lead architect for Hall of fame, VIP tour and wrapped up with a discussion and investigation of Cardinals CAP program.
Details here:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

11/20 6-8 Science Collaboration Day

Spent the day with 6-8 grade science teachers.

Presentation used for the workshop here:

6th Grade discussed Summative Assessments

7th Grade Discussed their Weather Unit
Details Here:

8th Grade:
Skyped with a Vernier Expert
and met with Physics teacher at WGHS

Every grade level reviewed the Curriculum Drafts using the protocol found HERE and reviewed the timeline for implementation.

At the end of the day we began the conversation about "What goes where" in regards to science curriculum 6-8th grade.

We looked at various models proposed by the Next Generation Science Standards in Appendix K.

Here is that document:

Thoughts for next time included:
  • Share the unit progression prototypes
  • Google Apps in class
  • collaboration time
  • sharing of probeware across grade levels
  • add middle school to the drafts instead grade level?

Monday, November 18, 2013

11/18 SS Collaboration Day

Facilitated collaboration of SS 6-8.

While I wasn't being used in the morning I:

Monday, November 11, 2013

11/11 Office Day

Worked on Finalizing the agendas for 6-8 Science and Social Studies.

Emailed out the Vertical Team invite for science.

Met with Discovery Ed about WG data and Discovery Techbook

Completed DRAFT timelines for Science and Social Studies Curriculum implementation

Watched this on Authentic Assessment:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

11/7 WGHS, Avery

7am meeting with principal of Hixson.

Set up meeting times for METC presentation collaborators.

Improved DRAFT of 2nd grade SCI/SS

Read PDK article on Innovation

Attended a meeting where I got a BIG check:

Packed up resources to go over to meet with 2nd grade at Avery.  The meeting wasn't today, it's on 11/25.  Whomp, whomp....

11/6 3rd grade facilitators

Met with 3rd grade facilitators to:

Review curriculum draft using this protocol:

Science improved 3 units

Social studies worked on 3 unites around one theme communities.

Current DRAFT version is 3.  Updated versions were loaded to CNI and emailed to facilitators.

11/5 WGHS


Supported WGHS teachers in curriculum drafting.

Worked on updated K, 1 to new formatting.

6:30 met with iDEA and the "Geek squad" tech team, notes found here:

Monday, November 4, 2013

11/4 Steger Computer School, WGHS, Strategic Planning

I spent the day at Steger/Computer school.

I read to 6th grade about simple machines.

Watched a lesson on types of motion.

Helped with Technology in Social Studies.

Watched a lesson on learning from 5th grade:

Sat at at Kindergarten station during their daily 5.

Worked with a Social Studies teacher.

Watched a Forces video with 3rd grade.

Ate lunch in the frozen tundra of the Staff lounge.

Played Edheads Simple Machines

Watched marshmallow catapults in AE

 After School headed over to WGHS to meet with designers at 3:30.

Strategic Planning meeting begins at 5:30.

Friday, November 1, 2013

11/1 WGHS, Hudson, WGHS

Started the day by working through emails

Set up 3rd grade facilitator day

Started the day by working on 7th grade social studies learning goals and proficiency scales

At lunch we met as coordinators at Hudson to plan Hudson Vertical day.

Plan is to focus on vocabulary.

Teachers will be able to:

  • Identify discipline specific vocabulary.
  • Create vocabulary games/activities as formative assessment.
  • Design structures to make data-based decisions around vocabulary.

180 minutes

60 Minutes each section

Set up google doc by discipline, have "building vocabulary" from Hudson, and Building Academy vocabulary by Pickering/Marzano

60 Minutes

Share: Chris makes Taboo, Susan brings math pictionary, Julie brings find someone who.

Using games as formative assessments: 
How would you use this game/activity to inform practice or instruction?

60 Minutes

Create vocabulary-based activities/games

Headed back over to WGHS to start work on 8th grade Social studies Curriculum writing.  I didn't finish but made a good start.

10/31 WGHS

Drafted 1st draft of Social Studies for 6th grade

Used Model Curriculum for guidance.

Met with Curriculum draft principal to review Kindergarten Curriculum drafts and advise future drafts.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/30 WGHS, 2nd grade Facilitators

Started the morning walking around with Assistant Principal of WGHS.  We observed 6 classes and instruction/learning.

Reviewed Science 2nd grade Curriculum drafts

Met with 2nd grade Facilitators for Social Studies.  We reviewed the draft using this protocol.

Stuck around after school to:
email 1st grade teachers Science drafts
email Kindergarten teachers drafts of Social studies
Set up Steger/Computer dates
Finalized NCSS team meetings and set up google drive folder

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10/29 Clark Day

Spent the day at Clark Elementary

Teachers signed up on the document HERE

Started meeting with 3rd grade teachers about LEGO, simple machines and foundation grant.

Found this:

Started in Kindergarten learning about pumpkins

Then played Math games and did some snack and moving with 2nd grade:

Met with WINGS teacher to discuss kicking off science fair.  Notes included:

Science day at Clark: Kicking off science fair

One group experiment (launching and changing the fulcrum), one do observation (mentos and diet coke)

Have a posterboard together with things already typed out.

Right before winter break, 1st or second week of December, 16th?

Headed over to 4th grade to watch the Southern colonies presentations for the other 4th grade classes.

Met with building principal.

Wrapped up the day in 2nd grade working on the landforms projects.

I then headed home to finish writing 5th grade social studies curriculum.

Wrapped up the day at a parent meeting at Avery discussing the iPad program for reading intervention..

Monday, October 28, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

10/25 Coordinator meeting, Immigration Simulation, Bristol MAP

Started the morning at Coordinator meeting discussed:

  • Space progress
  • Curriculum posting online
  • progress and learning goals
Headed over to Clark for the 5th grade Immigration simulation

After headed to Bristol for the 5th Grade MAP discussion:

Agenda for the day was:

30min Science
5 Minute - Brain Break - Wright Family
30min Math
5 Minute - Brain Break - Roll a Brain Break
30min ELA
10min Bio Break
Time Left - Action plans as a result of the data observed

10/24 Bristol MAP

Spent the day a Bristol.  Met with 3rd grade and 4th grade each for a 1/2 day looking at MAP data.

Agenda for the day was:

30min Science
5 Minute - Brain Break - Wright Family
30min Math
5 Minute - Brain Break - Roll a Brain Break
30min ELA
10min Bio Break
Time Left - Action plans as a result of the data observed

10/23 2st Grade Facilitators

1st Grade Science and Social Studies teachers met.

We used this protocol to review the draft of future science and social studies units, learning goals and proficiency scales.

Here's the protocol:
Reviewing the DRAFT prior to submission

  • 2 minutes - Look over for overall issues, spacing, formatting, page breaks, general issues
  • 5 minutes - Review learning goal and proficiency scale for clarity and connection to learning goal
  • 5 minutes - Change learning goal and proficiency scale to ensure “kid-friendly” language.
  • 2 minutes - Evaluate the High Priority Standards - Would it all fall apart?
  • 5 minutes - Add “domain specific vocabulary” for level 2
  • 2 minutes - Look for misspellings
  • 2 minutes - Where do periods need to be added?

  • Any time left:
    • Develop learning targets to “connect the dots” for kids
    • Add concepts/depth of knowledge items to the level 4 on the scale

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10/22 Bristol Day, Coordinator meeting, Strategic planning meeting

Spent the day at Bristol Elementary

I saw 4th grade work on Writing - personal narrative and thank you letters.

I saw Kindergarten in their literacy centers.

I saw 4th grade discussing the 13 colonies.

I saw students researching famous investors in 5th grade.

I got a chance to check out the music performance:

Started working on 5th grade Social Studies Learning Goals and Proficiency Scales.

Got a chance to see student presentations on life cycles of various animals, here are some examples:

Checked out 3rd graders investigation of pant life cycles: 

Met with coordinators to plan Hudson Day:

We will do 30 minutes each.
5 minute break in between

Science first 30
Math second 30
ELA third 30
BIO break
Action Plan

Science Breakout:
5 stations
Station specific to content
Station specific to Bristol

1. Overall MAP data and Demographics
2.  Unit 1 data - performance and question types
3. Unit 2 data - performance and question types
4. Unit 3 data - performance and question types
5. Compared to State

Went over to Central Office for the Revenue Committee meeting.

Monday, October 21, 2013

10/21 WGHS

Started the day working on and completing 4th grade social studies Learning goals and proficiency scales.

DONE! on to 5th Grade.....

Updated Kindergarten Science documents with Missouri Grade Level Expectations.

Prepped for 1st grade Facilitator Meeting

Prepped for 2nd Grade Facilitator Meeting

Headed over to Central office to color print Bristol MAP data to prepare for meetings on Thursday and Friday

Finished another version of the Minutes analysis for K-5 teachers:

Emailed 1st set of curriculum DRAFT attachments to Kindergarten teachers for their review.

Followed up with NCSS regarding registration issues of participants.

Headed over to Clark to meet with Gifted teacher regarding Mount Vernon and George Washington.

Friday, October 18, 2013

10/18 Coordinator Meeting, Social Studies Network meeting

Started the day at the curriculum coordinators meeting.  We discussed:
1/2 day kindergarten and the coordinator space

Afterwords headed over to Missouri History Museum for the Social Studies Network meeting.

We discussed:

Great conversation about: "How does 1968 affect today?"

Discussed In Loco Parentis


10/17 WGHS, Hixson, Ladue Middle

Spent the day with Kindergarten Science and Social Studies facilitators.

Our agenda was:

We reviewed DRAFT learning goals for Science and Social studies and made AMAZING gains.

After school headed over to Hixson to meet with 8th grade Social studies to review colonial assessment.

At 4:30 headed to Ladue Middle School for the MOCHE board meeting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/16 Hudson, WGHS, Oasis, Steger

Started the day getting my Flu shot at Hudson

Afterwords went to WGHS to:

  • Print resources for Kindergarten facilitator meeting
  • Print resources for Oasis session
  • Build a Straw rocket
Headed over to CO to:
  • Pick up snacks and sodas
  • Copy packets and resources
  • Cut out fins and paper
Went to Oasis training to facilitate Science conversation:
  • We discussed the Scope and sequence for current instruction
  • We discussed the future alignment
  • We made straw rockets

Headed over to Steger to attend the science meeting.
  • Discussed force and motion
  • Looked at MAP released items
  • Discussed MAP performance from last year

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10/15 Edgar Road, WGHS, Steger, Bristol

Started the day at Edgar Road, met with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers and took a look at MAP data for science.

Headed over to WGHS to:

  • answer emails
  • set up Bristol day
  • send directions to k,1,2 facilitators
  • finish proficiency scale and learning goals for 3rd grade Social Studies
  • prep for 6th Grade SS meeting

Then headed over to Steger for world studies meeting.  There we:

Evening headed to Math/Science night at Bristol

Monday, October 14, 2013

10/14 WGHS, WGCO, Avery

Started the day finalizing the Edgar Road MAP report for conversation tomorrow at Edgar Road. District MAP data looked like this.

I was interviewed by the Webster/Kirkwood times regarding the award(s) I won.

I met with Assistant Superintendant to review and draft a timeline of curriculum implementation to present to the vertical teams for approval.

We also emailed DESE assessment director in regards to the NGSS and their role in future assessments.

This sentence:  "Development, administration, scoring, and reporting of 5th and 8th grade summative
science assessments and released items aligned to the 2.0 GLEs."
Worried us.

Afterwords I met with two teachers at Avery.  We discussed the iPad Mini program for their struggling readers and PD/training that may be needed for staff, students and parents.

I went back to the office to finalize the minute analysis on Science and Social studies, see my infographic here:

Then READ this:

And listened to this: