Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1/29 678 Articulation Meeting, WGHS

Started the day with the 6th, 7th, and 8th teachers focusing on articulation of content across grade levels.

We started with why we were there:

  • To discuss what MS SS will "Look like"
  • To ensure logical continuity to a storyline
  • To be influenced by the CCSS
  • To catch up to the "Jones'" in revitalizing our curriculum and content.

How we were going to work together:

  • Discussed ROPES expectations
  • Collaborative
  • emphasis on not everyone "getting their way"
  • Not a "land grab"

What will the result be:

  • Time is up and we have to go back to school.
  • Some common agreement on 678 looks like
  • understanding that we aren't "DONE" but we're on our way.

We made comments about K-5 articulation such as:

  • Noted the clarity of the K-5 story was good and seemed logical.
  • Emphasis on Native American in 2nd grade probably won't be "enough" and to continue to story in 5th.
  • 5th grade starts at Native Americans and moves up through civil war.
  • 3rd grade City/Local government would give opportunity to discuss City of Webster Groves and tell the multicultural story.

We discusses the High School's articulation such as:

  • World geography and US government (EOC exam) in 9th grade
  • 10th grade World/Ancient history
  • 11th grade US history

We landed here for 6-8 articulation (today, with the understanding that we will adjust moving forward):

NOTE: Emphasis as we move forward should be on recognizing the perspective from which we're telling the story.  Noted conversations about multiculturalism and diversity is key.

Worked on and finished 3rd grade science curriculum drafts.

Finished 3rd grade Curriculum for science

After school went over to Avery to plan 3/27 field trip to City Hall

1/28 WGHS, Flipping, Hudson

Started the day at WGHS working on:

  • 3rd Grade curriculum drafts
  • Emails
  • Securing meeting locations
  • prepping for 6, 7,8 articulation
Headed to CSD (education Plus) to present on Flip teaching

Headed over to Hudson to work with 2nd grade on Google docs and drive

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/27 1st grade facilitators, School update

Met with 1st Grade science and social studies facilitators.  Reviewed the curriculum draft and updated to the next version.

After school headed over to Computer school, then to Clark to share the update process.  Used this presentation:

Friday, January 24, 2014

1/24 Coordinator meeting, Bissingers, WGHS

Started the day with the coordinator meeting.  We discussed:

  • Progress on curriculum development
  • Ideas for 1/6
  • New assessment plan
  • Summer PD plans
  • March 9th America's Promise

Headed to Bissingers to discuss:
  • field trip options
  • partnership opportunities
  • 5th grade science
  • Social media strategies

Wrapped up the day at WGHS:
  • Finalizing 1st grade curriculum meetings
  • finishing 2nd grade science drafts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

1/17 Coordinator meeting, WGHS

Started the day at the coordinator meeting.  We reviewed and discussed writing samples.  Had an awesome discussion on "Being a Writer" and "Lucy Calkins."

Had lunch with Science Kit coordinator.  Discussed summer plans and tasks to be completed for the future and over the summer.

Headed back to WGHS to review emails and secure spaces for meetings, plan curriculum draft work and forward learning opportunities.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

WGHS, 3rd grade collaboration day, Science Vertical Team

Watched Assessment video

Worked collaboratively with 3rd grade teachers

Finalized details for Science Vertical Team

Picked up paper for office copier

Watched this:

Scheduled all the Flip Meetings
Added questions to the Planning document
Reached out to schedule expert flippers.
Scanned and sent sign in form

Emailed clark about spending the day:

Made this:

Facilitated Science Vertical Team:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1/15 Avery, Hixson, Flip Teaching

Started the day at Avery Elementary.

Helped a student practice typing and vocabulary words.
 Checked out a family graph in Kindergarten, also chatted during brunch.
 Checked out a 3rd grade class working on researching Harriet Quimby
 Observed some AIMSWEB testing.
Enjoyed a Science/Poetry lesson in 4th grade

Watched some Light conversations in 4th grade
Checked out 1st grade conversation about descriptive writing

Headed over to Hixson to work on giving feedback to 20% time projects.
Here's Pitch Group A's ideas...

Wrapped up the day at WGHS and the Flipped Teaching workshop
Planning document

1/14 Kinderarten Facilitators

Spent the day with Kindergarten facilitators

We reviewed:

Social Studies:


Then we started Brain storming some options for each learning goal

Social Studies:


After School attended the Gateway PDK meeting.

Monday, January 13, 2014

WGHS, 2nd year teacher planning, Presentation planning, Curriculum, Clark

Started the day at WGHS working on:

Met to plan 2nd year teacher program.
GOAL: Continue with what they’ve been learning with a focus on how they’re approach, teaching, etc. might look different.

Learning Goal: TWBAT describe a culturally relevant teacher.

Icebreaker: Cultural Pursuit 3:45 - 4:00 

4:00 - 4:10 - solo
List automatic things we say, share with partner, small group
field trips

4:10 - 4:20 - table groups

4:20 - Put up graphic

4:20 - 4:35 BREAK, react to graphic in table group

4:35 - 4:45 Whole group
  • Which of these are strengths
  • which of these are clear
  • Who does this well?
  • Where's my growth?
  • What's confusing?
4:45 - 5:00 Crede, homework, evals

Deb to make handout/reflection

I'll put the slides.... 

Brain storm things to think about before school.

3:45 - 5


Homework for March: CREDE standards:

March 27th.
Reflect your CREDE
Commercials - 

Headed over to Hixson to meet regarding curriculum development for science and social studies.

Science Notes:
  • Nod to content in proficiency scales ( eg. in weather and climate)
  • Add domain specific vocabulary
  • Little more kid friendly
Social Studies Notes:
  • Combine Missouri citizen and other.
  • Continue to nudge alignment of a 3 and the learning goal.
  • kid friendly

Went home to work on:
  •  Curriculum drafts for Kindergarten
  • Agenda for Kindergarten meeting

Friday, January 10, 2014

1/10 CO, WGHS

Started the day at the coordinator meeting.  Discussed:

Headed back over to the office to:

  • Hazelwood

Thursday, January 9, 2014

1/9 Hixson, Edgar Road, WGHS

Started the day at Hixson.  Met with Assistant Supt and Building principal to go over and review science and social studies curriculum progress.  We chartered a new journey and departed from previous versions/drafts.

I began work on Kindergarten:


Social Studies:

Afterwords I met with 3rd Grade at Edgar Road.  We discussed kids creating videos for their projects/assessment.  We were inspired by this:
We investigated options like:

Headed back over to WGHS to:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

1/8 WGHS, Hixson, SSLC

Started the day at WGHS.  Worked on:

  • Scheduling meetings
  • Setting up desk and resources
  • sending reminder emails about pending events
Then headed over to Hixson to help with the HOT AIR balloon event:

The coolest part was seeing kids interact with Mrs. Lacelle's classroom in Ottawa Canada.  Her 4th and 5th graders asked some awesome questions.

Then headed to Saint Louis Science Leadership Consortium planning meeting.  We discussed Friday's meeting and planned February's meeting.

Headed back to: