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1 Welcome to our Preschool PLC April 21, 2014
A Professional Learning Community Using Research and Best Practice to Improve Instruction, Assessment and Student Outcomes!

2 Good morning, good morning Let’s get ready the brain smart way Get ready to start the day Get your hands ready – shake, shake Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch Get your brain ready- cross, cross Get your focus ready – breath, breath (Repeat Chorus Repeat Verse, Chorus) Connect with a friend – shake, shake Connect with a friend- clap, clap Connect with a friend – hip, hip Connect with a friend – hug, hug Get ready to start the day! Get Ready By Jack Hartmann & Dr. Becky Bailey

3 Greetings Using Conscious Discipline Greetings with intention!
Requires being organized and ready for the day when children arrive. You are offering choices through out the day starting with greetings. Children feel welcomed and valued. Ruth Greetings

4 Conscious Discipline – Noticing
It takes deliberate thought and careful phrasing for “Noticing” to be most effective. It needs to become second nature, but that takes practice. Here is Dr. Bailey's video for Noticing. It is a great reminder of the language we should be using throughout the day. “Awareness is a better agent of change than consequences. Helping children become aware of their actions by using the skill of noticing will strengthen their frontal lobes, bring their awareness to their actions and facilitate lasting change." -Dr. Becky Bailey Ruth will review 12:15-12:30 Conscious Discipline – Noticing

5 Drumming to gain optimal attention- connect to learning GOLD Objective for Music 34
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6 Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie
Curio #281 | Can you feel the beat? A daily curious fact from Justin Kitch, Curious CEO We all know music can influence our behavior, but there is ample evidence music can literally make us "lost in time." A bar playing slower- tempo music causes patrons to linger and buy more drinks. A call center with subdued hold music has fewer hang ups. Shoppers spend longer in a stores when background music is slower. When your brain is distracted by a steady pace of music, you are less likely to notice how much time has passed. Fast music has the opposite effect. In a 2004 study, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie was found to be the most dangerous music to play in the car--the frenzied tempo warped subjects' normal sense of speed. Neurologically, music causes our sensory cortex to go into hyper drive while our prefrontal cortex--focused on introspection and reflection--shuts down. The rhythm has such a powerful impact that scientists believe the beat changes the discrete unit our brain uses to measure time. We not only feel the beat, we live to it. Rock on! TRANSITION: As you listen to Wagner- Move to the center of the room – We will watch a video together, so come and stand in a U shape for now, then we will make a circle. Transition to group time please – move your body however you feel the music telling you to move… Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie

7 Funga Alafia – West African Greeting Song
Funga Alafia  -Western African Greeting Song Funga alafia, ah-shay ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay ah-shay. Ah-shay ah-shay. Ah-shay, ah-shay. With my heart I welcome you. Ah-shay ah-shay. With my mind I welcome you. Ah-shay ah-shay. With my voice I welcome you. Ah-shay ah-shay. Nothing up my sleeves, you see (meaning I come in Peace) Ah-shay ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay ah-shay. Ah-shay ah-shay. Ah-shay, ah-shay. Stand up in U shape Liz use drum to keep the beat – Get their attention First we will watch the video of an African Folk song for GREETINGS Here is the map of Africa on the World Map (GLOBE)– Compared to where we live Then we will practice together Listen to the DRUM BEAT And sing and Dance together – Do you think you could dance like the people in the video? 12:45 Funga Alafia Share Video with class and invite them to sing and dance GOLD Social Studies Objective 32 (Maps) GOLD The Arts Objective 34 (Musical concepts- rhythm), 35 (dance) PQA – Multicultural!

8 More Large Group Ideas for active learning and children as leaders…
#8 We’re Running, Running, Running - Physical Movement #9 Down by the Bay - Phonological Awareness #15 Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Phonological Awareness – Manipulating Initial Phonemes Jim Gill’s Soup Opera – create class movie of themselves performing (Ruth) Integrating Technology into learning – MDE ECSQ PreK Standard 4. Early Learning Expectation: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making. Children can explain some ways that technology can be used to solve problems. GOLD Objective 28: Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks Large Group

9 GOALS for Preschool Increase outcomes in
Math Phonological Awareness Conflict resolution Participation by Parents in the Preschool Advisory Committees List with table partners (groups of 3-4) what you have found to support successful outcomes – brainstorm more ideas that you want to try 5 minutes to read and discuss the goals 5 minutes to share your good ideas and write it down – Choose a facilitator, a recorder and a reporter 5 minutes to share Great Ideas! No repeats please Share what you have been doing related to the goals – Take notes at small groups 12:50-1:10 GOALS for Preschool

10 Transition Activity Transitions between activities
Help children focus and regroup Less down time- more productivity – learning opportunities for skills like colors, shapes, social skills Transition from one activity to another – sing and rhymes Angela 1:10-1:20 Transition Activity

11 Projects Projects you’ve tried –
Just wanted to share this clip from Jenna’s room in Reed City.  They did a study on transportation but the kids particularly took to airplanes.  The clip is from their end of unit celebration where they took a trip as a classroom on the plane J  (you can see there were mixed decisions as where to go, Jamaica or look for gold).  There is even an engine under the hood of the plane that they created out of milk jugs, the propeller was water bottles, and the children created their own seatbelts out of fabric they ripped apart.  They drew the windows of the plane themselves and the teachers just cut them out for them.  It was quite the process and took a lot of time for them to complete it. Just an example of a teacher who took a training and ran with it.  Her studies are amazing, I take a lot of pictures in her class!

12 Projects

13 Dialogic Reading

14 Transition Activity BREAK
Move your things to the floor while we reset, please Break1:30-1:45 Transition Activity

15 World café - tables to discuss what you want at each table – Bring a LEGO Duplo block with your name on it to the World Café you will join- build a collaborative structure (integrating collaboration and team building- cooperation and taking turns) Talk about how you built it. LEGO collaborative building activity aligns with Social Studies & Social Emotional objectives. CHOOSE a group to sit with and discuss the topic question and list Success and Challenges in your classroom related to implementing and supporting student growth in these areas. At each group you will need a Facilitator Recorder Reporter 10-15 minutes Dialogic Reading Projects you’ve tried or are planning Large Group Time Planning and Recall Mathematics Conscious Discipline World Café PD review from this year- World Café 4 tables to discuss what you want at each table – Bring a LEGO Duplo block with your name on it to the World Café you will join- build a collaborative structure (integrating collaboration and team building- cooperation and taking turns) Talk about how you built it. (Social Studies lesson – SE lesson too- objectives for GOLD at Each table 1:45-2:05

16 Large and Small Group Music and Movement at a Higher Level – PQA Level 5
more child choice, more peer and adults following child’s lead What does that look like? Examples: Explore and Learn Cards – #7 Two Places to Pat We’ve found a way It’s large-group time To keep the beat. We’ve all gathered ‘round. We see the faces It’s large-group time ‘Cause this is where we meet! Let’s all sit down. Large Group Time as a group Liz Lead Large Group

17 Assessments (Matrix) Review the revised Preschool Assessment Matrix
Brief History of the Document and revisions Developed by a group of EC leaders in WMISD area Notes for Editing before Early Childhood Leadership Team in May 2:35-2:45 Assessments (Matrix)

18 Please Read the document
Please write comments or thoughts on it to share Share as a whole group Notes for revision and editing before ECLT reviews and accepts in May 2014 2:05-2:20

19 Share your best practice lessons for social studies
Share your lesson Tell how this work with the children How did you know they learned the objective? What kind of evidence did you collect? Share your best practice lessons for social studies 2:20-2:50

20 Focus on GOLD Assessment
GOLD – Reporting in GOLD that is really accurate to reflect their level of learning/ development Inter-Rater Reliability – GOLD Practice Activity Please complete on your own before the next checkpoint Honest Assessments in GOLD Transition Documentation – Summary Rubric + Child Profile if many 1s and 2s on the summary. Ruth 2:50-3:10 Focus on GOLD Assessment

21 What Professional Development are you interested in?
Generate a list – brainstorm at your tables Write down your suggestions and requests Let us know if there is a trainer that you would like to hear. 3:10-3:15 PD Plans for

22 Thank you for attending and sharing your great ideas!

23 Please pick one project to create for a small group (8 or less- as supplies last)
Ribbons on a stick Ribbons on shower curtain rings Greeting plates Make and Take options

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