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1 The Top Five Map Tools that support instruction and motivate students Linda Foote August 7, 2007 Twin Peaks MS 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2 Today’s Goals 1. Provide an Overview: Examine the development of MAP testing and its impact on student learning 2. Examine Strategies that Work: Explore the top five tools and strategies teachers have found to be the most powerful to help us work smarter, NOT harder. 3. Organize for Success: We’ll take time to gather and organize our resources to allow us to test students and use MAP data efficiently next year

3 From: Chicken Soup for the Soul Cartoons for Teachers by John McPherson, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen

4 Brief History of NWEA A group of educators decided there had to be a better way.A group of educators decided there had to be a better way. Began with the End in MindBegan with the End in Mind Developed a Pre-K to Post Graduate Continuum of Reading, Language, Math and Science ConceptsDeveloped a Pre-K to Post Graduate Continuum of Reading, Language, Math and Science Concepts Developed questions that accurately analyzed student abilities at each range (They want you to report any errors! 50% of the sampling ?’s are discarded) (See RIT Charts)Developed questions that accurately analyzed student abilities at each range (They want you to report any errors! 50% of the sampling ?’s are discarded) (See RIT Charts)(See RIT Charts)(See RIT Charts) Collected the feedback from testing to develop an accurate learning continuum. (DesCartes)Collected the feedback from testing to develop an accurate learning continuum. (DesCartes) Realized that Computer Adaptive Testing would be the most efficient and would allow for immediate feedbackRealized that Computer Adaptive Testing would be the most efficient and would allow for immediate feedback

5 Tool #1: PUSD MAP site to share Great Resources Can link to NWEA or TIM 3. “What works” is posted here 4. New information can be found here 5. Newest Notebook is always available for you to print new pages

6 Tool # 2: The Learning Ladder in TIM 1. View whole class on one screen 2. View students’ instructional levels by sub-goal standards 3. Determine HOW much differentiation is needed for a class 4. Determine strengths and weaknesses in goal areas more easily 5. Print individual student reports so everyone working with a student can be more purposeful and focused. 6. NEW: view multiple classes or a grade level Let’s examine one case study from OVMS

7 In TIM choose the Learning Ladder…

8 Tool #3: Tools for Class and Student Goal Setting Classes found that they grew most in the goal areas they targeted as their class goals Classes improved more overall when they improved in their lowest goal area This same principle worked for students too! Student Reflections tied to goal setting were especially powerful to improve student learning (See for PowerPoint, class, and student pages. )www.pusdmap.com

9 Tool #4: Lexile Resources Lexile Scavenger Hunt District Lexile Page PowerVocabulary pages Textbook Lexile Calculator Lexile Analyzer (powaylex and powayreads) Scholastic’s eCatalogueeCatalogue

10 Tool # 5: RIT Days 1. Collaborate more efficiently and effectively 2. Narrow your focus 3. Give students opportunities to work in homogeneous teams while still giving them access to high grade level material

11 First Steps… Meet with a partner and talk about which tool you’d like to explore first. (Lexiles, Ladder, NWEA site, Goal Setting Tools, DesCartes, DesCartes Vocabulary or…)


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