Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Designing a Performance Task for the Classroom


It was great seeing everyone again!  I complied some resources that will help guide our work as we generate our own performance tasks for our classroom.

Materials for Today

Math Performance Task Planner: click HERE

Problem Solving Sheet: Upper Grades

Problem Solving Sheet: Primary

Creating Text Dependent Questions Planner for a Close Read, Primary Resource

Creating Text Dependent Questions Planner, Secondary Resource 

Common Core Unit of Study Planner Template

SBAC Performance Task Comparison 

Close Reading Planning Guide  

Close Reading The Day the Crayons Quit  



 

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The following are some English Language Arts resources for K-12th grade teachers.


Unpacked Kindergarten ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks
Garden Helpers, from the NYC Department of Education

Unpacked First Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks
Frogs Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education


Unpacked Second Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task.

ELA Performance Tasks


Unpacked Third Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks
Sharks Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education


Unpacked Fourth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks
John Muir Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education



 
Unpacked Fifth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks


 
Unpacked Sixth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks
Can Animals Think? Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education


Unpacked Seventh Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks 
The Omnivore's Dilemma Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education


 
Unpacked Eighth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks

Forensic Anthropology Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education

Ninth/Tenth Grade

Teaching Resources
Unpacked Ninth/Tenth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks

The Power of New Media Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education

Eleventh/Twelfth Grade

Teaching Resources
Unpacked Eleventh/Twelfth Grade ELA Standards: A resource that unpacks skills and vocabulary in the standards and provides suggestions for questions and a performance task

ELA Performance Tasks

On Behalf of Others Performance Task, from the NYC Department of Education

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

“See-Think-Wonder” A Classroom Strategy for the Common Core Classroom


I currently use the classroom strategy See-Think-Wonder thinking routine from the Visible Thinking Program (Harvard University-Project Zero).

Here’s the when, who, what and how it may look in your class:

Thinking because it promotes students’ critical thinking skills and dispositions 
Routine because of the systematic, flexible and simple nature of the activity
It works well with all ages and nearly all levels.

When: I use it when I want to stimulate students’ curiosity, encourage them to think carefully about why something looks the way it is, make predictions, careful observations, and thoughtful interpretations.

Where: Everywhere.
At the beginning of a new unit to motivate student interest
During the unit to connect with the topic
At the end of the unit to encourage further thinking and ideas
At any given moment with any theme or project
Skills: Observing, developing metaphoric thinking, making predictions, writing, speaking, listening to other students’ ideas

How long: 15-20 minutes.

What & How: Use a work of art (painting, photography, book cover, image, artifact) relevant to the theme at stake and ask students three key questions:
What do you see?
What do you think about it? / What are your thoughts?
What does it make you wonder?
Students can work individually, in pairs or in groups depending on the multitude of ideas you want to generate. They can first write their responses on paper before sharing them with the rest of the class or just try the routine in their heads.

How to make students’ thinking visible: keep a visible record of their responses to the three stems. Chart papers on the walls where students’ responses are written down, post-it notes, slips of paper, or any other sort of visible documentation you can think of, so that a class chart of observations, interpretations and wonderings are listed for all to see and maybe return to during the course of study.

Tips: The routine works best when students answer by using all three stems at the same time, “I see…, I think…, I wonder…” It’s OK if students begin by using one stem at a time, i.e. “I see…” You just need to scaffold each response with a follow up question for the next stem. Once students get familiar with the routine they will be using all three stems together.
Why?
Because…
it offers the possibility to use language meaningfully
it generates greater motivation for learning
of how works of art make us think
of what works of art make us think about
there is a shift in classroom culture towards a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners 

You can download the "See-Think-Wonder" Routine in PDF by clicking HERE

Have you used the visible thinking strategy, “See-Think-Wonder,”or one similar to this one in your class? If not, try it out. Let us know how that would looked like in the Common Core classroom. Click on the following link to have a discussion on this topic with other educators and me at the NEAGPS Network.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

NEA GPS Network and my New Online Community


Excited to be here on day 2 in Washington, DC. I flew on Thursday night on the red eye (what an appropriate name!) to arrive early Friday morning to participate in the first ever NEA GPS Network Facilitator’s Training. 















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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Designing a Performance Task for the Classroom

Session 4 is almost here! 


Come learn how to link the Common Core Math and Language Arts standards with instructional strategies by engaging in a hands-on look at lessons and performance-based assessments that focus on critical reasoning and real world applications. Participants will learn about the implications of performance-based assessments on classroom instruction and assessment. They will review sample performance tasks, develop a template to create similar assessments, and learn strategies for implementation. Participants will also demo Smarter Balanced Performance task samples that stimulate classroom dialogue and target lesson enhancement.

Session 4 – Designing a Performance Task for the Classroom
When: April 30, 2014
Location: ATC Conference Room (Note the change of usual venue)
Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Stockton - Common Core Seminar: Linking Standards, Assessments, and Instruction for Mathematics

Click on the link below for PPT

Presentation Slides for Today

Performance Task Planner: click HERE

Formative Instructional and Assessment Tasks
for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

When teachers understand what students know and can do, and then use that knowledge to make more effective instructional decisions, the net result is greater learning for students and a greater sense of satisfaction for teachers.
Bright and Joyner (2005)

The following resources are from the Public Schools of North Carolina's website: 

Click on the grade level link to find more Math Performance Tasks: 


Math Stars

The purpose of Math Stars is to challenge students beyond the classroom setting. Good problems can inspire curiosity about number relationships and geometric properties. It is hoped that in accepting the challenge of mathematical problem solving, students, their parents, and their teachers will be led to explore new mathematical horizons. Math Stars are in sets for Grades 1-8 and include commentaries for teachers. All Math Stars Newsletters are ready for classroom use and available for downloading as PDF files. Click on the grade level below to download the file. 

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

Mathematics Vocabulary
A key instructional mathematical practice is that students make use of precise and academic language as they discuss math. The following word cards can be used to create a math word wall in your classroom.

Kindergarten

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Grade 1

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Grade 2

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Grade 3

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Grade 4
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Grade 5

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Math Unpacking Standards


The state of North Carolina has done an excellent job in unpacking the math standards. Click on the link below to download the PDF for your grade level.

Kindergarten 
(pdf, 6.8mb)
1st Grade
(pdf, 11.3mb)
2nd Grade
(pdf, 1.1mb)
3rd Grade 
(pdf, 5.4mb)
4th Grade
(pdf, 8.5mb)
5th Grade Math
(pdf, 4.4mb)
6th Grade
(pdf, 2.1mb)
7th Grade 
(pdf, 909kb)
8th Grade
(pdf, 1.9mb)
Algebra 
(pdf, 229kb)
Functions
(pdf, 260kb)
Geometry 
(pdf, 224kb)
Number and Quantity
(pdf, 294kb)
Statistics and Probability 
(pdf, 181kb)

More Math Resources by Grade Level: