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Notes from the September, 2012 curriculum night presentation. (Mr. Moss, Grade 4, Pine Grove School)

Notes from the September, 2012 curriculum night presentation. (Mr. Moss, Grade 4, Pine Grove School)

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2012-2013 Curriculum Night Open House 2012-2013 Curriculum Night Open House Presentation Transcript

  •  No hand-outs this year.  Would you like to lead a We’re going green! All Junior Achievement information is on our program for our class? If class website! you’re interested, email Please remember to sign me. up for a parent/teacher  Please consider signing conference time. The up to volunteer in the schedule is on the round library (see Mrs. table in the back of the McCabe). room.
  • Jon Moss jmoss@avon.k12.ct.uswww.edvantaged.com/room209
  • Thank you!
  •  Instructional Methods  Whole Class instruction  Guided Reading  Readers’ Workshop  CCLS – Cross Curricular Learning Stations Evaluations  DRA - Developmental Reading Assessment  DRP – Degrees of Reading Power  CFAs – Common Formative Assessments  Universal Assessments  Informal Assessments  Teacher-generated Assessments
  •  The common core standards include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills so that all students are prepared for the 21st century. Used in all CT public schools and in most states. APS has formed a Curriculum Council that is tasked with developing a curriculum that addresses the Common Core standards.
  •  Major focus area: Short Answer Responses  Critical responses to text  Analysis  Forming and explaining connections to text Changes this year:  Implementation of Common Core  Less reliance on anthology  Increased work with literature  More non-fiction work Spelling  New approach this year!  15 pattern-based spelling words, 5 unannounced words  Bonus words are states and capitals
  •  Writing instruction  Our team’s major goal for the year  Starting with narrative, will transition to expository  Writing rubrics are available online (along with other rubrics)  Look for “writable moments” to help children to practice skills.
  •  Everyday Mathematics, but with adjustments  Continuing to use the spiraling content program  “HomeLinks” are now called “StudyLinks”.  Math Reference Books can be purchased or borrowed. MUST master multiplication facts. Math also uses CFAs and Universal Assessments to supplement unit assessments. Singapore Math  A strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, with a focus on in-depth understanding of the essential math skills
  •  Three units of study:  Earth, Moon, and Sun  Water Cycle and Food Chains  Electrical Science Will probably be taught in two week units. Some marking periods may not have science taught.
  •  Daily Geography World Tour activities in math Grade Four Project (State research, perhaps) Mark Twain Mondays Integrated into reading, particularly with the new shift toward non-fiction texts
  •  All supports are based on assessment data, teacher observations, etc. Scientific Research- Based Intervention model  Tier 1 is provided in class.  Tier 2 is provided both in the classroom and as a pull-out model.  Tier 3 is typically a pull-out model.
  •  SMART Board Document Camera SMART Response Remotes Five computers Other exciting things to be announced! Class website  Schedule  Policies  Curriculum information (on district website)  Parent resources, rubrics  What else do YOU want to have on our website? ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS
  •  Start each day with condensed morning meeting Marble jar for class achievements Chance tickets for individual successes Card chart to help track choices.  Warnings are NOT problems, in my mind.  LOGICAL consequences.
  •  An average night...  30-45 minutes of nightly homework  30 minutes of reading  Math fact practice (if necessary)  Nightly spelling practice Homework is intended to reinforce daily activities or to set the stage for an upcoming lesson. Parents should set limits for homework. Late policy Help is acceptable Long-term projects can take many forms!
  •  Email is always preferred! Emergency paging is also possible  emergency@edvantaged.com  Standard texting limit – include phone number, name, situation. Lots and lots and lots and lots of information on our class website during the year.  I will send notifications of updates, but I need your email address.  The website is always changing!
  • Any questions? Thanks for coming!REMEMBER: Sign up for a parent conference!