• Professional Learning Communities

    Four Essential Questions and how we respond

    1. What do we expect our students to learn?        (Goals/Expectations)

    Building and Class Expectations (rules)                                   Teach Learning expectations

    Meet or Exceed in all curricular areas required by the state

    such as, state goals, benchmarks, and core standards at grade level or above grade levels.

    Vocabulary curriculum and ISAT                                                Rubrics

    Predicting, Imaging, Inferring, Questioning, Summarizing, Connecting

    Extended response with rubric                                                  Teacher Quarterly goals

    Increased vocabulary in all academic areas                             Comprehension in all academic areas

    Personal Information                                                                   Self Care Skills

    Socialization                                                                                  Communication skills – Verbal/Written

    Read, Write, Apply, Comprehend

    Technology: Interactive web sites, Book Flix, Starfall, A-Z, Math Blasters, Spell City, Fast math, Multiplication.com

    1. How will we know they are learning?                   (Assessment)

    Grades – No “0”                                                                           Teachers Observations

    Formative/Summative/Common Assessment                        Student Reflections/Journals

    District Assessments

    Early Skills Assessment   Grades K-2

    Discovery Education Assessment   Grades 3-6

    Mid terms/Report Cards                                                              Unit/Weekly Test/Quizzes

    Pre/Post Test                                                                                  Rubric/Checklist

    Responders                                                                                     Item Analysis

    Fluency Checks                                                                               Probes

    Study Island                                                                             

    ISAT Data                                                                                         EnVisions Math Student work/evaluations                            

    Graphs                                                                                             Class participation


    1. How will we respond when they don’t learn? –Intervention

    Differentiated Instructions                                                     Target Specific skills

    Data Item Analysis                                                                   Leveled Materials (below, on level, above)

    Blooms Taxonomy                                                                   Graphic Organizers

    Manipulatives                                                                          Choice boards

    Immediate Feedback                                                              Flexible Grouping

    Guided Reading                                                                       Envision Remediation (math)

    Triumph (below level MMH reading series)                       Cubling

    Stevenson Lunch Intervention Program  (SLIP)                  Teacher shared strategies

    Versatiles                                                                                   Co-teaching

                 Additional time





    Reponses to Intervention   (RtI)

    1. Small Group Instruction 
    2. Tiered Group Instruction (Tier II, Tier III)
    3. 1 -1
    4. Centers  (leveled)
    5. Re-teach – different ways
    6. Repeat!!!!
    7. Volunteers: Senior/Tech Academy
    8. Modify – backtrack, build back ground knowledge
    9. Tutoring: after school or lunch recess tutor with teacher
    10. Computer Intervention
    11. Referral to Problem Solving TeamConferencing (student – teacher; peer –peer)

    Grade recovery: re-do correct                                                 Parent contact                                                 

    Referral to problem solving team                                           Extended Responses (math & reading)

    ISAT Prep Material – Buckle Down – Math   Illinois Frame Work – Reading

    Connection Book                                                                       Daily Word Problem

    Accelerated Reader                                                                   Music Through Instruction – K

    Anchor activities                                                                        Micheal Heggerty                                                 

    Trade Books                                                                                Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)

    Journal/Reading Logs                                                                Math Buddies


    1. How will we respond if they already know it?  (gifted)

    Cubing                                                                                       Choice Boards

    Use Leveled Readers                                                               Use Vocabulary to write sentences

    Free choice book reading for points                                       

    Centers – High Level                                                                Picture/Writing Journals

    Word Creation                                                                          Enriched – Leveled Reader – Novels

    United Streaming    Skills – 1, 2, 3                                         Envision – Enrichment (math)

    Separate Curriculum                                                                Games

    MMH extension (reading                                                        Group leaders

    Peer Tutoring                                                                             Independent Projects

    Take to Seat centers                                                                 Reading buddies