10.11.17 Literacy Committee Meeting #trinitylearns

Individualized Daily Reading- Conferring with Students

EED- Watch Chris/Elise (Reading)

UED- Watch Lauren/Gretchen (Writing)

EED- Watch Nicole/Julia (Writing)

UED- Watch Grace/Kerry (Reading)

Date: Wednesday October 11, 2017

3:40 3:50 Welcome/Maintenance

  • Please sign up for snacks
  • Share bright spots
3:50 4:00
4:00 4:25
  • Conferring with Readers Chapter 5- Reinforcing Students’ Strengths: Compliment Conference  Read, Discuss, Share your 3 big points
    • Group 1 pg. 48-50 Why Start with Strengths
    • Group 2 pg. 50-54 Individual Compliment Conf.
    • Group 3 pg. 54-60 Table Compliment Conf.
  • Complement Conference- Jen Serravallo- Compliment Conference
  • Read Lucy Calkins- Chapter on Conferring with Readers
    • Decide
    • Compliment
4:25 4:30 Final Thoughts

  • Please go back and share what you have learned about the Compliment Conference with your team.
  • Bring your conferring notebook with student notes to share at the next meeting on Thursday, November 9.
Parking Lot:

Conferring With Readers Book Study

 

09.13.17 Literacy Committee Agenda #trinitylearns

Here is the agenda for our first Literacy Committee meeting of the year!

Date: Wednesday September 13, 2017

3:40 Welcome from the committee chairs and goals for the year

Maintenance

  • Greet someone in a different grade level that you don’t see often. Learn about them and their literacy instruction (strengths and weaknesses)
3:50 Gallery Walk T-Chart of Confident/I Want to Know More- sticky notes on chart paper

  • Reading, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Listening, Word Study, Vocabulary
4:10 Book Study- Conferring with Readers

PD Strategy Lessons in Reading: Conferring with Small Groups

4:20 Discuss Anchor Charts for Reading and Writing Workshop
4:25 Final Thoughts
Parking Lot:

2017-18 Literacy Committee Goals #trinitylearns

2017-18 Goals:

  • Continued work on vertical alignment to create a balanced literacy curriculum
  • Expanding knowledge of best practices and their role in our current program (mini-lesson, conferring, small/strategy group, read-aloud, mentor text/sentences)
  • Sharing work with grade level teams to grow our entire community as teachers
  • Raising the level of teacher confidence and gaining clarity in what deepening learning means in literacy through assessment practices

06.07.17 Assessment and Differentiation #TrinityLearns

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 3: Assessment and Differentiation
Marsha Harris (@marshamac74)

Assessment and Differentiation

  • I can collect data that will be the most useful
  • I can analyze data to understand deeply what kids know and can do
  • I can synthesize data from multiple assessments to create learning goals
  • I can develop instructional plans and follow-ups to monitor progress.

The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook- Book Study

8:30-11:15  Slide Presentation

8:45-9:00

15 min

Welcome

Review of Agenda

9:00-9:45

45 min

Collecting Data: Assessment Lenses and Tools

I Do, We Do, You Do

Research- each person takes
on a part to learn (15 min)

  • Reading Engagement and Interest Inventories
  • Reading Fluency
  • Print Work/Decoding
  • Comprehension
  • Conversation
  • Writing Engagement and Qualities

Teach- each person teaches
their section (5 min each)

9:45-10:30

45 min

Analyzing Data: Making Discoveries

Research- each person takes on
a part to analyze (15 min)

  • See slide presentation for assignment

Teach- each person teaches their section
and gives an analysis on Marielle (5 min each)

10:30-11:15

45 min

Interpreting Data and Establishing Goals for Trinity Students

How do we KNOW what students already KNOW?

  • PAST,
  • CTOPP,
  • Running Records,
  • Spelling Inventory,
  • Math Assessment,
  • Writing Sample,
  • ERB’s, Progress
  • Reports

Summarizing Data Form
Tool/Strength/Possibilities for Growth

06.06.17 Conferring with Writers #TrinityLearns

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 2: Making the Most of Conferring in Writing Workshop

Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt)

The Writing Strategies Book- Jennifer Serravallo

Slide Presentation- Launch Unit Generating Ideas

Marsha’s Notes:

The heart of teaching is during the conference

YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOUR OWN WRITING!

Complement Stems

  • I notice you…I see you’re the kind of writer who…
  • That’s important because….
  • Every time you write you can…and it will…

“What are you working on as a writer?” What have you learned in mini-lessons that you’re working on as a writer? Goal- follow the child’s lead!

 

When you’re done, you’ve just begun!

Use mentor texts and anchor charts so that your teaching will STICK! A compliment conference will validate their use of the teaching point.

Writing Pathways has all of the grade level writing samples. Copy them and put them in student writing folders. Spend 3 days immersing in the genre before you teach.

 

Open Genre Unit? Allow the kids to choose their own genre of writing for a few weeks. Ralph Fletcher- Joy Write

Idea Generating Strategies are great launch units at the beginning of the year

Resources for Anchor Charts

https://chartchums.wordpress.com/tag/charts/

 

Writing Conference with Harold and Amanda

 

Providing and then Withholding Scaffolding to Support one Child’s Early Understanding of Narrative Structure (K-2) from TC Reading and Writing Project on Vimeo.

Typically confer with 4 students per session

 

Teaching Moves During a Conference

Craft- how do you make your writing more interesting?

Process

Goals and Habits

 

Pg 30- Learning From Classmates- Eickholdt

Meaning/Focus

Structure                                          CUPCAKE

Elaboration/Details

Craft                                                 FROSTING/SPRINKLES

Conventions

Writing is like a cupcake…Frosting & sprinkles are craft and convention but meaning, structure, and elaboration is the cupcake

Touch and write across the pages…oral rehearsal is key

Step 1: Immersion (study the genre that you’ll be teaching, think, plan, sketch and label, write, reread and revise, reread and edit)- use mentor texts from old students

Before revision, vision!

Stop being a hunter of errors and look for the beauty of the content!

 

Carl Anderson- Assessing Writers

Don’t write the watermelon, write the seed- Calkins

Focus

  • Narrow the Timespan- seed- slice of time
  • Angling Writing- so what? Why are you writing this?- each page has an angle about one focus…My Sister is a Daredevil, My Brother is my Best Friend

Elaboration

  • Inside Story- tell me what you’re thinking and feeling/Flash forward and Flash back
  • Exploding Moment- the most volume of writing should be about the focus
  • Add in Talking, Thinking,  and Specific Body Actions- bring character to life by making them talk

Structure and Organization

  • Excluding extraneous events (impacts focus)
  • Including important events (impacts elaboration)
  • Planning

Timelines- Action and Reaction

Break writing into paragraphs using PATS:

  • Place
  • Action
  • Time
  • Speaker

 

Express Lane Editing– Video (Jeff Anderson)

Video Resources on Conferring

Conference with Joshua (from Mark Overmeyer: How Can I Support You?)

A Writing Conference: Teaching a Student to Write for Audience (3-5)

Assessment-Based Conferring to Raise the Level of Narrative Writing (3-5)

Conference with Bella (from Patrick Allen: What Are You Thinking? Conferring in Reader’s Workshop)

Research-Decide-Teach conference Reading

Coaching Conference Reading

 

06.05.17 Conferring with Readers #TrinityLearns

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 1: Making the Most of Conferring in Reading Workshop
Tiffany Coleman (@TColemanReads)

Today’s Agenda: Conferring Toolkits

  • Ice breaker: Compliment Conferences
    • Turn and Talk
    • Conferring Success
    • Compliment
  • Research, Decide, Compliment, Teach
    • Using Data to Determine Resources
    • Fountas and Pinnell
  • Conferring about Reading Volume & Engagement
  • Conferring about Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
  • Individual/Grade Level Goals for Conferring

Resources:

 

06.02.17 Summer PD #TrinityLearns

As part of our practice, we offer in-house summer professional learning around literacy and numeracy.

There are two strands that both focus on the workshop model and conferring with students in literacy and in math.  Tiffany Coleman (@TColemanReads)and Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt) will each join us on June 5th and 6th, respectively, to further our work in conferring.  On June 7th, Marsha Harris (@MarshaMac74) will round out the literacy work with a session on differentiation.  Jill Gough (@jgough) and Becky Holden (@bholden86) will facilitate three days of interactive math learning so that it parallels the work in literacy.
Here’s the big picture view of the professional learning days:
 Our essential learnings are based on ALT’s goal for all faculty-learners:

05.10.17 FSLT Literacy Agenda #TrinityLearns

Monday, May 10, 2017 at 3:10:3:45
(part of FSLT meeting)
Location: Community Room

2017-18 Goals:

  • Continued work on vertical alignment to create a balanced literacy curriculum
  • Expanding knowledge of best practices and their role in our current program (mini-lesson, conferring, small/strategy group, read-aloud, mentor text/sentences)
  • Sharing work with grade level teams to grow our entire community as teachers
  • Raising the level of teacher confidence and gaining clarity in what deepening learning means in literacy through assessment practices

Action Steps:

  • Study and participate in discussions around the Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Reading/Writing Strategies by Jen Serravallo
  • Analyze best practices from #TCWRP and utilize the materials/videos provided
  • Refine and improve learning progression and other assessment practices for vertical alignment and knowing your learners as readers and writers.
  • Make conferring toolkits and personal sketchbook

Responsibilities:

  • To collaborate with the Director of Curriculum to plan committee meetings, team meetings, and professional development
  • To work as a team to meet the above goals
  • To develop a plan for sharing, coaching, and teaching grade level members to further equip them with the tools to further gain confidence as a reader/writer/speaker/listener.

05.08.17 FSLT Literacy Agenda #TrinityLearns

 

3:30 10 min Welcome

Review of Agenda

3: 40 20 min Gallery Walk of Writing Samples
(1 beginning of year and 1 current)

  • What stands out?
  • How has the writing/writer grown?
  • Opportunities for My Learning reflection/interview.
3:50 20 min Vertical Collaboration

  • Lower grade speaks to upper grade
    about what they’ve worked on and
    what they’ll need for next year in writing instruction.
  • What were your ESSENTIAL
    teaching points for writing?
  • What still needs work? Please take notes and
    share back with your team.

3:50-4:00

  • EL-PK
  • K-1
  • 2-3
  • 4-5 (6 listens in)

4:00-4:10

  • PK-K (EL listens in)
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
4:15 10 min Next year…

Conferring with readers/writers, small group instruction,
essential skills for reading and writing at each grade level.

PD from Teacher’s College? Webinars, videos?
15-20 min each meeting per division

4:25 5 min Final Thoughts?

Attendance and Feedback

What would you be interested in learning about?

  • Assessment
  • What should we show parents?
  • Difficult to take grades
  • What grade does each scaled score equal?

03.20.17 FSLT Literacy Agenda #TrinityLearns

Monday March 20, 2017

3:00 5 min Observation of Practice
3:10 20 min Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop Videos

EED- Watch Chris/Elise (Reading)

UED- Watch Lauren/Gretchen (Writing)

Table Discussion…I Like, I Notice, I Wonder

3:30 20 min EED- Watch Nicole/Julia (Writing)

UED- Watch Grace/Kerry (Reading)

Table Discussion…I Like, I Notice, I Wonder

3:50 10 min Final Thoughts?

Attendance and Feedback

What would you be interested in learning about?

  • Assessment
  • On demand prompts
  • Schedules/time management
  • Let’s be done with it
  • Students seemed more interested with free writing