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Professional Learning October 5, 2011. Focused WalkFocused Walk  Schoolwide Walk-Through facilitated by BOE will be November  Our Focus:  Standards-Based.

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1 Professional Learning October 5, 2011

2 Focused WalkFocused Walk  Schoolwide Walk-Through facilitated by BOE will be November  Our Focus:  Standards-Based Instruction Strand (CLASS Keys)  Demonstrates research-based strategies  Engages Higher-Order Thinking Skills  Communicates Learning Expectations  Provides Effective Feedback

3 Preparing for the Walk ThroughPreparing for the Walk Through  Start preparing your lessons and now  Make sure that your activities address what we will be looking for:  Reasearch-Based Strategies (i.e. activators, summarizers, grouping, pairs, peer-tutoring, etc)  Higher Order Thinking  students should be highly engaged in challenging work that requires authentic ideas, analysis or evaluation  They should not be working on textbook generated worksheets, copying from the overhead, or memorizing definitions unless this is absolutely critical to the lesson

4 Cont’d  Communicates learning expectations  This can be accomplished through EQ; however, it is more meaningful when it is not only posted, but revisited throughout class  Provides effective feedback  Can be written or verbal  Posted student work is an easy way to accomplish this if you are using the language of the standards and saying more than “good job  Verbal responses to students’ questions, answers, etc also fall into this category…as long as you give more than “good” or “yes” or “no, that is incorrect”

5 Showcase Student WorkShowcase Student Work

6 GraduateFIRST  Dropouts prevented our making AYP  Lost 21 of the 52 on our list from last year  Our focus this year: Affective (School Culture and Climate)  Our goal: Create a sense of community in our school  Our plans:  Fellowship opportunities  Meetings with Chamber, Kiwanis, County Commissioners, City of Sylvester and Sylvester Local

7 You can Help!You can Help!  We need ideas to help with GradFIRST so please share your concerns and ideas with us  Expect a survey soon  Your thoughts?


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