IETC 2014 - Springfield IL!
Pam & Julie's Presentations:
- Six Tips for Writing Six-Word Memoirs
- Six Word Memoirs Workbook Tutorial
- Six Word Memoirs
- Instagrok Commercial
PARCC Points #4
Accessibility and Accommodations
As districts are asked this month, beginning November 7th, to start entering accessibility and accommodations into students' PNPs for SIS, it's the perfect time to take a closer look at them. The PARCC Online site linked to below contains details and will have the 3rd edition of the manual available soon.
- PARCC Online - Accessibility and Accommodations
- Accessibility and Accommodations Presentation
Note Taking for PARCC
This month I'd like to point out the importance of students learning and practicing the art of note taking. It is most apparent in PARCC as students plan to write essays and for noting information not just from readings but from videos. Take time at all grade levels to teach and model note taking, and give students lots of practice.
- Helping Children Build Notetaking Skills from Choice Literacy
- How to Take Great Notes Video (also in District Shared, District Staff folder)
- Taking Notes - Two-column Notes from WatchKnowLearn
Common Core in the Disciplines:
Social Studies/History, Science and Technical Subjects (6-8)
- The Standards
- Literacy in Other Disciplines
- History - Reading Like a Historian
- Science - Reading Science Texts
Additional Resources: Close Reading
- Close Reading Information
- Dr. McClennen's Close Reading Guide
- Exploring Complex Text with High Quality Questions - video
Units of Study and Common Core
Frameworks are used as a bridge between the Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessments. They are voluntary resources offered by PARCC for teachers as they implement the standards. They are just one of a number of ways the standards could be organized over the course of the school year. While specifics vary depending on grade levels, they all have some commonalities. All use units of study, 6 week modules K-2nd and quarterly units 3rd - 11th. These units include reading of complex texts, writing to texts, and a research project. Throughout the unit, foundational skills are taught in terms of citing evidence, analyzing content, studying and applying grammar, studying and applying vocabulary, conducting discussions (3-11) and reporting findings (3-11).
Information on the units of study for grades K-2 can be found at (see bottom of page for ELA and Math frameworks): http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-model-content-frameworks
The units of study for grades 3-11 can be found at: http://www.parcconline.org/mcf/ela/parcc-model-content-frameworks-browser
Tech Tips: (To sharpen those "points"!)
- Our district eBooks were purchased for unlimited simultaneous use. They are all non-fiction and can be found by linking to them from either building online card catalog or the building library's web page. Contact your library lab aide for the log in and password.
- Online fiction is easy to find. There's a list on our Web Links Online Books site.
- Introduction to PowerPoint Video
- PowerPoint Basics Video
- PowerPoint Layouts Video
- PowerPoint Backgrounds Video
- How-To Guide
- Publisher Basics PDF
- From Microsoft Office
- For those of you with newer versions:
> You Tube Tutorial
> Slide Share
> From Microsoft Office
Voice Recording (Sound Recorder)
- iPad free Sound Recorder app (many others are also available)
- Windows 7 Sound Recorder
Word - Word Tutorials
- Starting Off section: Working Area in Word video
- Basics section: Cut, Copy, Paste video
PARCC Points #3
This month we'll look at the types of questions on the PARCC assessments. You'll see examples of them all on PARCC's Practice Tests and Sample Items.
Types of ELA Questions
- PCR (Prose Constructed Response): Essay
- EBSR (Evidence-Based Selected-Response)
- Multiple Choice
- Two-part paired questions, second questions evidence to arrive at previous answer
- If first paired question is incorrect, second is always incorrect.
- TECR (Technology Enhanced Constructed Response)
- Two or three-part questions: comprehension question then return to text and manipulate it.
- First response must be correct to get credit for any that follow.
Scoring PCRs (Prose Constructed Responses): Present on PBA (March), not EOY (May)
- While there are separate rubrics for scoring Grade 3, Grades 4-5, and Grades 6-11, all use the same three categories (or constructed measures), scoring between 0 to 4 points each.
- 1. Reading: Comprehension of Key Ideas and Details - Writing must show full comprehension of the text and reference the text explicitly. Depth increases by grade level.
- 2. Writing: Knowledge of Language and Conventions - Writing must demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English with few minor errors (ranging to frequent distracting errors for a "0") in grammar and usage, and have clear meaning throughout the response.
- 3. Writing: Written Expression - Response should
- address the prompt, show effective development of the topic, use reasoning, details,
text-based evidence, with appropriate development (grades 6-11 logical, well-executed
progression of ideas).
- demonstrate consistent, purposeful and controlled organization - with (a strong) introduction
- Use linking words and phrases, descriptive words and/or temporal words to express ideas with
clarity (grades 4-11 includes concrete words and phrases, sensory details, linking and
transitional words, domain-specific vocabulary)
- Narrative elements
- Grades 3-5 may include establishing a situation, organizing a logical event sequence,
describing scenes, objects or people, developing characters personalities, and using
dialogue as appropriate.
- Grades 6 -8 include 3-5's elements as well as establishing a context, situating events in time.
and place, developing a point of view, developing characters' motives.
- Grades 9-11 include 3-8's elements as well as outlining step-by-step procedures, creating one
or more points of view, and constructing event models of what happened.
Types of Math Questions:
- There are three types of math problems that assess key knowledge and skills, ask students to express mathematical reasoning and construct a mathematical argument, and apply concepts to solve model real-world problems.
- Type I: Concepts, skills and procedure type questions are machine scored.
- Type II: Expressing mathematical reasoning is machine and hand scored.
- Type III: Modelling/application in real-world context is machine and hand scored.
- PBA (Progress Based Assessment in March) math tests are a combination of Types I, II & III.
- EOY (End of Year in May) math tests are all Type I.
What about Common Core ELA in Social Science, Science and Technical Subjects?
Next month we will take a closer look at this. There is a structure or framework for teaching the Common Core standards as well for the creation of the PARCC assessment itself. PARCC's web site states that the "instruction of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language is a shared responsibility within schools. All fields of study demand analysis of complex texts and strong oral and written communication skills using discipline-specific discourse. Because each discipline acquires, develops and shares knowledge in distinct ways, educators in each field must take ownership of building robust instruction around discipline-specific literacy skills...The Model Content Frameworks provide all educators with foundational ideas for incorporating disciplinary literacy skills and practice into their instructional programming."
Tech Tips: (To sharpen those "points"!)
Remember, all of the You Tube videos below are available in the District Shared, District Staff folder!
- Today's students are expected to be media literate.
- Movie Maker Basics Video Tutorial
- What's new in Movie Maker for Windows 7? (Video for those who know the basics of Movie Maker)
- Again, today's students are expected to be media literate.
- Photo Story Video Tutorial
- Note: You can customize motion for photos that you added text to.
Research: Clearly an important part of Common Core and PARCC!
- Do your students know how to search?
- Search Tips Video
- 10 Search Techniques (to make you a "Google Search Star")
- You can use Control/F to search any web page (or electronic document)
- What is a sidebar?
- Electronic dictionaries/glossaries
- A bonus feature (as opposed to a traditional dictionary) is the audio feature. Use it!
- Make sure you use a reputable source as there are a lot of online dictionaries available.
- Our Web Links: Online Dictionaries (Library, Reference)
Storybook Weaver Deluxe
- Ease your students' transition from creating pictures with small amounts of text to using a full fledged word processor with software such as Storybook Weaver Deluxe.
- Video Tutorial, Quick Overview
- There are also buttons for background music per page, sounds for when an object is chosen, buttons to enlarge or reduce the size of objects as well as flip their orientation.
PARCC Points #2: