Third Grade teachers are departmentalized by subject area, therefore for the next part of our agenda we broke into two groups, the ELA department & Math/Science/Social Studies department. In each group, we conferred about the New Generation Standards, talked about inventories, common assessments, homework, grading, and diagnostics. In addition, in ELA, we spent much of our time on looking closely at our ELA Pacing Guide and revised it based on consensus for the 2010-2011 school year. This part of the agenda certainly brought clarity to each of the team members.
Afternoon dialogue focused on penning a grade level Supply List, and then on our digital resources. Led by Cheryl Chascin, teachers updated their On Course Teacher WebPages, and then logged in and explored Discovery Education.
--One hour Writers’ Workshop
--15-20 minute Interactive Math Skills Block
--Coordinate the assignment of projects with members of the team. Revisit and align projects to New Generation Standards. Project assignments may go home on weekends, but only to provide students and parents additional time to secure materials. Project work counts in the 45 minute homework time limit. Research may count as reading time.
--Students are encouraged to be actively involved in extracurricular activities, spending a limited time on homework while building rituals and routines around study skills.
--Standards, for the daily lesson, should be displayed and printed large enough to be read by students from their seats.
--Book of the Month attractively displayed and accessible.
--ELA: mini-lesson charts (teacher made), writing rubrics, Reading Response Journals or Notebooks, and Writing Notebooks or Seed Journals--Math: teacher made charts, 100’s chart, number lines with negative and positive numbers, manipulatives, and strategy charts
--Science: teacher made charts; Scientific Method posted; evidence of an inquiry based laboratory; and Science journals, notebooks or portfolios--Student work posted (on the walls in the classroom, preferred, but if space is limited hallway display is acceptable)
Standards- Based Bulletin Boards
--Teachers are encouraged to produce a variety (subject area and work product) of different SBBBs across the grade level. Each should be original and creative.
--Should be created collaboratively with an emphasis on discussing student work.
--Each student’s piece of work will be attached to the snapshot to be sent home on the specified date.
--Projects will not be graded if they are completed at home.
--Grades should be posted to the grade book within one week.
--Written notes in planners or email