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1 Fulton County Schools Mathematics Professional Development for Middle Schools August 12, 2010 Essential Question: How do we use the FCS Mathematics Curriculum to facilitate student mastery of the standards?

2 Norms for Today Cellphones Restrooms Active Participation Professionalism

3 PARKING LOT

4 Welcome Back Standup for Yourself… Taught at a different school last year Traveled during the Summer break Never got a speeding ticket Like to cook Love chocolate Worked out at least once this week Play a musical instrument

5 The Big Four High Leverage Practices for Increasing Student Achievement An Instructional Framework

6 1. Classroom Management 2. Content Planning 3. Instruction 4. Assessment for Learning The Big Four

7 Students learn best in classes where … there are few class disruptions, students are on task expectations are posted and followed by students the majority of interactions with the teacher are positive. Classroom Management

8 STOIC STRUCTURE/organize all school settings for success. TEACH students how to behave responsibly in those settings. OBSERVE student behavior (supervise!) INTERACT positively with students. CORRECT irresponsible behavior calmly, consistently, and immediately in the setting in which the infraction occurred. Classroom Management

9 Students learn better if they have a very clear understanding of the connections between … what they have learned previously, what they are learning now, and what they will be learning in the future. Content Planning

10 Identify key essential questions and assessment items Identify potential misconceptions/misunderstandings Create a unit content map Use the questions and content map effectively each day with students.

11 Instruction Students learn better when instruction is clear, requires a high degree of mental engagement, and varied. Therefore, instruction should be direct, rigorous and differentiated.

12 Assessment for Learning When students clearly understand their learning targets, and their progress toward those learning targets, they are more motivated. Additionally, when teachers clearly understand how well their students are learning content, they can make better decisions about how to differentiate and pace learning experiences in the classroom.

13 Assessment for Learning Clearly identify acceptable evidence of student learning and communicate it to students Check for understanding throughout the class period Frequently monitor and provide precise feedback on student learning Involve students as their own assessors

14 Whats Direct About Direct Instruction? Fulton County Schools Mathematics Professional Development for Middle Schools August 12, 2010 Essential Question: How do we use the FCS Mathematics Curriculum to facilitate student mastery of the standards?

15 What it is What it is not

16 Our Goals: Fulton Countys vision is for students to master the curriculum, to be nationally competitive to strive beyond the knowledge level (know) reach a deep understanding (application, analysis, evaluation, synthesis level) of the standards. A blueprint provides a detailed plan so that a builder can create someone elses vision.

17 Direct Instruction A method for organizing instruction so that students acquire, retain, and generalize new learning in an efficient and effective manner. Teacher-directed instructional approach Includes continuous modeling by the teacher, followed by more limited teacher involvement and then fading teacher involvement as students begin to master the material.

18 Visible Learning: John A. C. Hattie How does this text remind you of something you have read elsewhere? What real world examples are you reminded of when reading this text? In what ways does this text relate to your own experiences as a teacher?

19 Direct Instruction Involves Seven Major Steps: 1. Communication of Learning Intentions 2. Communication of Success Criteria 3. Build Commitment and Engagement 4. Teacher Presentation Strategies 5. Guided Practice 6. Closure 7. Independent Practice

20 Lesson Opening Ignites student thinking about the standards clarifies the purpose of learning, Sparks interest, activates the brain, Engages students Assesses and links prior knowledge and builds prerequisites if necessary to build a foundation.

21 Lesson Opening 1. Communication of Learning Intentions (Ex: Standards, Essential Questions) 2. Communication of Success Criteria ( Ex: Responses to Essential Questions, Rubrics, Exemplary Work) 3. Build Commitment and Engagement (Ex: Sponge Activities, Activating Strategies) 4. Teacher Presentation Strategies (Ex: Whole class discussions, PowerPoint Presentations Demonstrations)

22 Work Period Involves either teacher focused or student focused flexible small group, individual, pair, station, or whole group; Provides opportunities for students to make connections and build ownership; Allows for conferencing, checking for understanding, differentiating by supporting students with scaffolding, interventions or extensions; Emphasizes application of content and skills related to the Standards, essential questions, and performance tasks.

23 Work Period 5. Guided Practice

24 Lesson Summary Promotes student reflection, synthesize, and clear up students misconceptions Connects back to the Standard(s) and Essential Question(s), and prepares students to work independently.

25 Lesson Summary 6. Closure 7. Independent Practice

26 Planning Lessons

27 What it is What it is not Teacher Directed Teacher Modeling Highly Structured Explicit Teaching Emphasizes both skills and concepts Carefully Articulated Sequenced Lessons Breaking Task Down Into Small Steps Small-Group Instruction Allowing Independent Practice and Individually Paced Instruction Constant Interaction Between Teacher and Student Students uncover mathematical ideas without teacher input Teachers do not make sure students questions get answered Students figuring out what to do on their own Lecturing from textbook Teaching a basic skill in isolation from meaning or context Drill and Kill Teacher Centered Boring and Alienated Basic Skills Only

28 Video Clip The Napster is like a teacher using direct instruction because …

29 Final Thoughts… Great teachers are intentional about where they want their students to go, and direct them as to when and how they are going to get them there.

30 Contact Information Fulton County Schools Mathematics Dept. 786 Cleveland Ave, SW Atlanta, GA Pamela Seda, Ph.D., Crystal Hilton - HS, Dina Savage - MS,


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