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    1. 1. Session 1 Teacher Connect
    2. 2. Teacher CONNECT Session 1- Minds On! <ul><li>Design a name tag from cardstock. Please include the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Your name in the middle </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching assignment in the top left corner </li></ul><ul><li>School name in top right corner </li></ul><ul><li>Best advice about teaching you’ve received across the bottom of your name tag </li></ul><ul><li>What you hope to get from Teacher CONNECT on the back of your name tag </li></ul>
    3. 3. Housekeeping <ul><li>Daily Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Use </li></ul><ul><li>Water Cooler </li></ul><ul><li>Breaks/Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Washroom location </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sociograms Group your self according to… <ul><li>Your favourite season </li></ul><ul><li>How you drink your coffee </li></ul><ul><li>Your pets </li></ul><ul><li>Your shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Your family </li></ul><ul><li>Your style of learning </li></ul><ul><li>What you do after work hours </li></ul><ul><li>Your sleeping habits </li></ul>
    5. 5. Teacher CONNECT <ul><li>C – Creating </li></ul><ul><li>O – Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>N – New </li></ul><ul><li>N – Networks </li></ul><ul><li>for </li></ul><ul><li>E – Experiencing </li></ul><ul><li>C – Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>T - Teaching </li></ul>
    6. 6. Question Board
    7. 7. How will this program help me? <ul><li>Provide support and professional development through your first year of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Board and school orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring from an experienced teacher </li></ul>
    8. 8. What is My Role? <ul><li>Being open to new ideas and to the exchange of information </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting on practice and being willing to take risks and learn from others </li></ul><ul><li>Being aware of and identifying your own professional needs </li></ul><ul><li>Working respectfully with your mentor and colleagues </li></ul>
    9. 9. Today…. <ul><li>Building our Community </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to Know our Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Building Classroom Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the Learner Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies/Tools/Inspiration </li></ul>
    10. 10. Classroom CONNECT ions Activating prior knowledge, time on task, link to previous learning, formative assessment Minds on! Use in Classroom Teaching Strategy
    11. 11. Teacher CONNECT Norms Effective Learning Community Behaviours <ul><li>In groups of 5, think about our adult learning community. What does this look like, sound like and feel like? Record your thoughts on chart paper. </li></ul>Feel like Sound like Look like
    12. 12. Group Norms
    13. 13. Learning Community Behaviours <ul><li>How would you develop an effective learning community in your classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the considerations you need to think about as you develop learning community norms with your class? </li></ul>
    14. 15. Core Beliefs Graffiti Graffiti graffiti graffiti Graffiti
    15. 16. Daily Physical Activity Healthy Body…Healthy Mind…Healthy Students <ul><li>Background and Overview of DPA </li></ul>
    16. 17. Benefits of Daily Physical Activity <ul><li>“ . . . studies generally support the suggestion from cross-sectional data that academic performance is maintained or even enhanced by an increase in a student’s level of habitual physical activity, despite a reduction in curricular or free time for the study of academic material .” </li></ul><ul><li>Roy J. Shephard,“Curricular Physical Activity and Academic Performance”, Pediatric Exercise Science 9 (1997), p. 119. </li></ul>
    17. 18. Resources: Ministry Documents
    18. 19. Resource: DPA Cards <ul><li>Located in First Class under Daily Physical Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Divided into divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Divided into venues within divisions </li></ul><ul><li>This year: print copies to all teachers </li></ul>
    19. 20. DPA: Primary Active Walk and Talk
    20. 21. Break
    21. 22. Assessment vs. Evaluation <ul><li>Purpose: to improve student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Identify strengths and learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor progress </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Inform instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Provide data for evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: to assign a value to student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Recording performance for tracking of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying student placement on a continuum of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Making decisions </li></ul>
    22. 23. Types of Assessments Diagnostic Formative Summative
    23. 24. Approaches to Assessment
    24. 25. Assessment for Learning: Where are you? Starting Points for Assessment and Evaluation A Diagnostic Assessment using CPS
    25. 26. Emphasis on Assessment
    26. 27. Is there evidence that improving assessment for learning improves student achievement?
    27. 28. … an unequivocal YES …
    28. 29. Assessment for Learning: Feedback
    29. 30. Numerical score; Right/wrong; Anecdotal feedback; No grade necessary for formative tasks Assessment for Learning: Feedback
    30. 31. <ul><li>Students who are given comments only – rather than marks or marks and comments – make more gains in achievement and feel more positive about the experience (Butler, 1998). </li></ul>
    31. 32. Quality Feedback to Improve Learning <ul><li>Specific (based on criteria) </li></ul><ul><li>Timely (on-going) </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptive, focused </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple opportunities for practice and quality feedback </li></ul>
    32. 33. General (“need more practice”) Identify what is done well, what needs improvement, and how to get there Specific, Focused Assessment for Learning: Feedback
    33. 34. Task: You have been hired to write a speech defending a position on a significant, current social issue.
    34. 35. Some of your paragraphs should be more logically organized. For example, in paragraph 2… You have a very good understanding of the facts surrounding your issue. Identify what is done well Identify what needs improvement
    35. 36. Review the components of a paragraph (e.g. topic sentence, supporting ideas, concluding sentence) and use them consistently throughout the speech. Tell them how…
    36. 37. It informs teachers about their instructional approach and next steps. Six of my students struggled with effective paragraphs. They need a mini-lesson on paragraph structure…
    37. 38. “ Research indicates that oral feedback is more effective than written feedback, particularly for low-achieving, at-risk students.” (James, McCormick, & William,(n.d.). Leading Math Success , p 50 )
    38. 39. Little or no follow-up Opportunities for students to respond to comments Assessment for Learning: Feedback
    39. 40. <ul><li>Effective feedback: </li></ul><ul><li>is anecdotal </li></ul><ul><li>is specific and focused </li></ul><ul><li>includes opportunities for improvement and follow-up </li></ul>Assessment for Learning: Feedback
    40. 41. <ul><li>Feedback Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what is done well </li></ul><ul><li>State in non-evaluative terms what needs improvement </li></ul><ul><li>State in concrete terms how to improve. </li></ul>
    41. 42. Feedback Placemat <ul><li>Choose a writing sample (P/J/I) </li></ul><ul><li>Review the learning activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the student response and the teacher notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the chart paper into as many sections as there are people. </li></ul><ul><li>Individually, record feedback suggestions on the placemat. Include the 3 part feedback: What was done well, what needs improvement and how to improve it. </li></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a quality feedback statement and write in the centre of your page. </li></ul>
    42. 43. LUNCH
    43. 44. Thinking Map <ul><li>On the chart paper provided, represent an ideal classroom using words, pictures, charts, symbols, etc…. </li></ul>
    44. 45. Key Idea <ul><li>The teacher is responsible for organizing a well-managed classroom where students are engaged in learning… </li></ul>
    45. 46. Characteristics of a Well-Managed Classroom <ul><li>Students are deeply involved with their work, especially with academic, teacher-led instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Students know what is expected of them and are generally successful. </li></ul><ul><li>There is relatively little wasted time, confusion or disruption. </li></ul><ul><li>The climate of the classroom is work-oriented but relaxed and pleasant. </li></ul>
    46. 47. Building Classroom Community <ul><li>The classroom environment should: </li></ul><ul><li>Foster mutual respect </li></ul><ul><li>Promote independence </li></ul><ul><li>Have established routines, procedures, and celebrations to foster a community of learners </li></ul><ul><li>Have student-generated materials posted </li></ul><ul><li>Promote shared decision-making and problem-solving </li></ul>
    47. 48. Physical Environment <ul><li>Floor space </li></ul><ul><li>Work area </li></ul><ul><li>Student area </li></ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Area </li></ul><ul><li>Wall space </li></ul>
    48. 49. What do you notice?
    49. 50. What’s on the Walls? <ul><li>Word walls (accessible to students) </li></ul><ul><li>Anchor charts, exemplars </li></ul><ul><li>Student work </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Inspirational pieces </li></ul>
    50. 51. Non-exemplary word wall
    51. 52. Exemplary word wall
    52. 53. Break
    53. 54. Home-School Connection <ul><li>Think-Pair-Share </li></ul><ul><li>How will you establish and maintain communication with parents? What form will this take? How often will you communicate with parents? </li></ul>
    54. 55. Initial Contact with Parents <ul><li>Introduce yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Say something positive about the child </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the classroom standards </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about any special needs of the child </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly describe the highlights of the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize that you and the parent are partners in their child’s learning </li></ul>
    55. 56. What’s My Number?
    56. 57. Adapt for Learning Preferences <ul><li>Read the Learning Preferences Matrix. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the squares that best describe you as a learner. </li></ul><ul><li>When everyone in your group has finished highlighting, take turns sharing your learning preference. </li></ul><ul><li>Any surprises? </li></ul>
    57. 58. Guiding Questions <ul><li>What did you learn about yourself by completing this survey? </li></ul><ul><li>What could you learn about your students by having them complete a similar survey? </li></ul><ul><li>How would these survey results impact your instructional strategies? Your assessment strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a teacher’s own learning preference impact on instructional choices for process and product? </li></ul>
    58. 59. “ In differentiated classrooms, teachers begin [teaching] where students are, not at the front of a curriculum guide.” Teachers in differentiated classrooms are students of their students. Tomlinson , The Differentiated Classroom, 2000
    59. 60. Differentiated Instruction Means Recognizing Differences <ul><li>There are no two students who learn at the same pace. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no two students who solve problems in exactly the same way. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no two students who have the same interests. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no two students who have learned the same skills. </li></ul>
    60. 61. Knowing the Whole Child – Other Kinds of Data… <ul><li>Family Data </li></ul><ul><li>Student Self-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred Learning Styles Data </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Intelligences </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-Affective data </li></ul>
    61. 62. Diagnostic Assessments <ul><li>DRA </li></ul><ul><li>CASI </li></ul><ul><li>DIBELS/Marie Clay </li></ul><ul><li>Alpha Jeunes </li></ul>
    62. 63. Student Profile <ul><li>Reading Record Data </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Interest Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Preferences Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Observations </li></ul>
    63. 64. Learning Styles <ul><li>Try one out </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Intelligences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning modalities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sternberg </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Jigsaw </li></ul>
    64. 65. Guiding Questions <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>What did you learn about yourself by completing this survey? </li></ul><ul><li>What could you learn about your students by having them complete a similar survey? </li></ul><ul><li>How would these survey results impact your instructional strategies? Your assessment strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a teacher’s own learning preference impact on instructional choices for process and product? </li></ul>
    65. 66. Planning with Profile Information <ul><li>What would the most powerful teaching points be for this student? What does the the child need to learn next? (Context) </li></ul><ul><li>How will this child learn this content best? (e.g., group size, instructional strategy, text choices) </li></ul><ul><li>How will the child demonstrate learning? (e.g., reading record, reading response) </li></ul>
    66. 67. Resources and Supports <ul><li>Teacher CONNECT link on board website </li></ul><ul><li>Binder – ISF, Classroom CONNECTions </li></ul><ul><li>Books – Jones, Wong </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors – formal, informal </li></ul><ul><li>LNSTs, Teacher Consultants </li></ul><ul><li>First Class Conference – CONNECT 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Thumbnail Sketches </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
    67. 68. Links to Learning <ul><li>Using our Teacher CONNECT wiki to access resources, share ideas, etc….. </li></ul><ul><li>http://gecdsbconnect.wikispaces.com </li></ul>
    68. 69. Question Board
    69. 70. For next time…. <ul><li>Choose at least one student profile tool and use it with your class </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a sample of a home school connection – newsletter, calendar, webpage, agenda, phone call record sheet, etc to the October session </li></ul><ul><li>Read a section of your choice from Jones OR Wong and be prepared to share your reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our Wiki! </li></ul>
    70. 71. Ten Top Things They Didn’t Teach in Teacher’s College