Focusing on Individual Needs Using Reports and Evidence

As we have been focusing on small group instruction, we recognize that there are two crucial parts to this – the first is what is going on with the teacher group and the second part is what the students are doing independently when they are not working with the teacher. I am not saying that one is more important than the other, but there is a clear difference between the two – one is that the teacher is gathering immediate data and information that will help to better understand the needs of each individual and the other is that the students are working to complete an assigned task and information about how they completed the task can be gathered at a later time.

We are privileged to have numerous resources available to us online! ImagineLearning, Achieve3000, SmartyAnts, Benchmark, TenMarks and other personal programs being used with your learners are all great resources that help meet student’s individual needs by providing supports and lessons that would not be possible without the technology at hand. How powerful would it be if we used the work that students are doing on their devices to better understand how they are learning and using that to impact our future small group lessons and, if needed, whole group lessons? I am also not saying that we should only be data driven, but it is important to recognize the needs of our learners and use their completed work as evidence to help us stay informed about their progress.

“Using evidence to INFORM practice and move it forward in serving the child is crucial.”

George Couros

The Principal of Change Blog

Individualizing Instruction

When we look at the results of work that students are completing using our online programs, we can really create an individualized learning experience. Pulling these reports helps us as educators understand the needs of our learners. We recognize where they are excelling and can better understand these patterns and we recognize where they have deficits in their learning and need additional support. We can celebrate these successes and reteach and give alternate strategies in the areas where they are currently struggling.

Accountability

Looking at the work that is being done online using our programs helps keep students accountable for being on task. They recognize that they are actually doing the work for a bigger purpose when we can look back and comment on what they have been doing.

Setting individual growth goals and supporting our learners in meeting these goals can help students thrive.

Using Results to Build Relationships

When students see that we are actually looking at the articles they are reading and finding out about what they are interested in, we can build relationships and connect with their personal learning. When students see that we are looking at strategies they are using to solve math problems, we can bring this up in whole group lessons and use their ideas to guide our instruction.

This takes the sole responsibility of planning and knowing everything off of the teacher and instead creates a community focused on learning and building relationships. This is done because we are recognizing the progress and needs of each individual learner instead of lumping them into an average that is not realistic for any of them.

Reteaching

When we see patterns in our online reports, we can recognize what needs to be taught again in whole group and what needs to be taught again in small groups. Depending on how many students were able to successfully meet the standards and apply the skills needed, we can identify areas of misconceptions and work to resolve those before they become habits that cause work to be done incorrectly on a consistent basis. We recognize this by looking at the reports, analyzing student work and by having conversations.


Pulling reports are just one way that we recognize the needs of our students. We are also working to hold conversations, hearing how they are problem solving with their peers and looking at more informal work that is being done by our learners. We can use the online reports as one tool to help make our instruction more strategic and purposeful. The first step is, of course, looking at the reports and understanding the needs of each individual! From there, we can make a plan on how to help use this as one of many tools that guides our instruction.

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STEM Weekly Announcements 10.21.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to our Lead team for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind while planning and delivering professional development on our next PLC.
  • Shout out to our Parent Involvement Committee for including everyone by organizing our Western BBQ! Families appreciated the new set-up, free activities, and our Feaster Band!
  • Shout out to the 5th Grade Team, Mrs. Cortez, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. McDonald, Mr. Hernandez, and Ms. Calimbahin for committing and following through. On our most recent visit from the Superintendent, we received positive feedback around the consistency of lessons and classroom management.
  • Shout out to Ms. SanRoman, Ms. Bates, Ms. Granados, Mrs. Trujillo, Mr. Mislan, Ms. Aderholdt, Mr. Fraser, and Mrs. Treter for taking time out of your classrooms and away from your students to be interviewed for the Gallup Visit. We received a lot of positive feedback around the innovation occurring in our classes!
  • Shout out to Mr. Cereto for his quick reaction when a student in his class started choking during snack, his quick response saved the student’s life!

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📸Pictures:(1) 4th Graders Swimming (2) A photo of Dr. Sleiman & 8th Grader, Monica Law, in China .

Additional Information:

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 6th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

** Red Ribbon Week: Jeans okay on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 6th         PM: 5th

RRW: Crazy Sock Day #SockittoDrugs

PTO Fundraiser Assemblies

Field Trips: Trujillo to SD PACE Fraser to Father Joe’s

INDUCTION MTG 3:00-3:35

 

Collaboration AM:               PM: Mindlabs

RRW: Wear Read #WearRed

Cohort ILT Session #2 (Leads off Campus)

K-12 AVID Wrkshp

Field Trips: So Wild, San Diego Field Trips

Sports: 4:00 Elementary Football vs. Rogers

Collaboration AM: 1st         PM: 2nd

RRW WearSunglasses #ShadeoutDrugs

*Wear Orange* – for National Bullying Awareness Day

K-6 Height & Weight Surveillance (See attachment)

2:00 EduAbroad MS Student Meeting

3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles)

Collaboration AM: MS/TK  PM: 3

RRW: Sports Shirt #TeamUpAgainstDrugs

K-6 Height & Weight Surveillance (See attachment)

8:00 – PIQE
– MPR – Class #2 – 1402 – Middle

School PD: TBD

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Sports: 4:00 Elementary Football vs. Cook (Away)

Collaboration AM: K.           PM: 4th

RRW: Pajama Day #FollowyourDreams

Field Trips:    1st Grade – Safari Park

Achieve 3K Pizza Party

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Saturday
7:00am Compact for Success

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/31 Literature Parade & Fall Festival

VAPA Weekly Announcements 10.21.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

ShoutOuts

  • Shout out to Mr. Cereto for his quick reaction when a student in his class started choking during snack. His quick response saved the student’s life!
  • Shout out to our Lead team for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind while planning and delivering professional development on our next PLC.
  • Shout out to our Parent Involvement Committee for including everyone by organizing our Western BBQ! Families appreciated the new set-up, free activities, and our Feaster Band!
  • Shout out to the 5th Grade Team, Mrs. Cortez, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. McDonald, Mr. Hernandez, and Ms. Calimbahin for committing and following through. On our most recent visit from the Superintendent, we received positive feedback around the consistency of lessons and classroom management.
  • Shout out to Ms. SanRoman, Ms. Bates, Ms. Granados, Mrs. Trujillo, Mr. Mislan, Ms. Aderholdt, Mr. Fraser, and Mrs. Treter for taking time out of your classrooms and away from your students to be interviewed for the Gallup Visit. We received a lot of positive feedback around the innovation occurring in our classes!

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📸Pictures:(1) 4th Graders Swimming (2) A photo of Dr. Sleiman & 8th Grader, Monica Law, in China .

Additional Information:

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 6th Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)** Red Ribbon Week: Jeans okay on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 6th         PM: 5th

RRW: Crazy Sock Day #SockittoDrugs

PTO Fundraiser Assemblies

Field Trips: Trujillo to SD PACE Fraser to Father Joe’s

INDUCTION MTG 3:00-3:35

 

Collaboration AM:               PM: Mindlabs

RRW: Wear Read #WearRed

Cohort ILT Session #2 (Leads off Campus)

K-12 AVID Wrkshp

Field Trips: So Wild, San Diego Field Trips

Sports: 4:00 Elementary Football vs. Rogers

Collaboration AM: 1st         PM: 2nd

RRW WearSunglasses #ShadeoutDrugs

*Wear Orange* – for National Bullying Awareness Day

K-6 Height & Weight Surveillance (See attachment)

2:00 EduAbroad MS Student Meeting

3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles)

Collaboration AM: MS/TK  PM: 3

RRW: Sports Shirt #TeamUpAgainstDrugs

K-6 Height & Weight Surveillance (See attachment)

8:00 – PIQE
– MPR – Class #2 – 1402 – Middle

School PD: TBD

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Sports: 4:00 Elementary Football vs. Cook (Away)

Collaboration AM: K.           PM: 4th

RRW: Pajama Day #FollowyourDreams

Field Trips:    1st Grade – Safari Park

Achieve 3K Pizza Party

————-
Saturday
7:00am Compact for Success

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/31 Literature Parade & Fall Festival

PLC Small Group Instruction (k-6) & Collaborative Study Groups (7th & 8th)

Starting the 2018/2019 school year, everyone on campus actively participated in building relationships school-wide by using the Sanford Harmony Buddy Up strategy. Teachers created intentional pairings for their students, tracked the buddy pairings, referred to norms for buddy up and accountable talk, provided clear topics and tasks and facilitated and monitored students.

Now that our students have made deep connections with each other and we have built successful relationships and a positive learning community, our lead teachers, admin and coaches have planed our next professional learning cycle, which will build upon the relationships we have built and help support our learners academically as well as socially and emotionally.

For quarter two of the 2018/2019 school year, our professional learning cycle will focus on small group instruction. This will help us better support our learners in all grade levels by providing a more individualized learning experience based on student needs. During the small group instruction, teachers will be implementing strategies that are most effective for their groups. Small group sessions in kinder through sixth grades will look a bit different from small groups in our seventh and eighth grades because our middles schoolers will be taking on even more of the cognitive load as they facilitate their own learning and hold each other accountable for increasing their knowledge in certain content areas.

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Teacher Behaviors

When conducting small groups in kinder through sixth grades will:

  • Teacher sets clear purpose or focus
  • Teacher takes anecdotal notes
  • Teacher follows the lead of the student (flexible based on student needs)
  • Teacher uses scaffolding techniques (cueing, prompting, facilitating, questioning)
  • Teacher pushes students to carry the cognitive load

Student Behaviors

When participating in small groups will:

  • Students understand the purpose of the lesson
  • Students apply focus skill in a new situation
  • Students participate in discussions or conversations with teacher and peers
  • Students carry the cognitive load (they do the thinking)
  • Students respond to and follow teacher prompts
  • Students explain their thinking

Room Environment

In order to run effective small groups, the lead discussed that the room environment should reflect the following:

  • Table or area of small group gathering
  • 4-6 students per group
  •  Procedures in place/posted
  • Evidence of small group expectations (including independent workers role)
  • Help charts accessible (as necessary)
  • Teacher and student materials (whiteboard, sentence frames, posters, graphic organizers, manipulatives, etc)
  • Schedule for groups (not every student everyday, student names do not have to be posted)

With our kinder through sixth grade classrooms focusing on effective small group instruction and our seventh and eighth grade classrooms focusing on cognitive study groups, we are putting more of the responsibility on our students to master concepts and work as a cohesive team. Together, we will spend this quarter working together to better understand the composition of effective small groups in k-6 and effective collaborative study groups in our middle school.

For more information, check out the video link that was shared during one of our professional development sessions: Meeting Students’ Needs with Number Talks and Small Groups

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VAPA Week 11 Announcements 10.14.18

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shoutouts

  • Shout out to our daytime custodian Mr. Christian for keeping all staff and every student in mind as he has taken over for Mr. Alex as the head day custodian. We appreciate all your hardwork!!
  • Shout out to Coach Guglielmo and Coach Johnson for having a growth mindset and introducing a new set of awards to Student of the Month assemblies in middle school for Fitness Achievement!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Diaz for committing and following through with our 8th grade students who wanted to develop a science fair project that included hatching and raising chickens! We all look forward to observing this process!
  • Shout out to Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Amavet, Ms. Leslie, Mrs. Perezchica and Ms. Karla for committing and following through by helping out at the Parent Academy on Saturday!

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📸Pictures:(1) Ms. Cortez: keeping track of Ss. bdays (2) Ms. SanRoman creating behavior goals with her class (3) Ms. Palacio sent a postcard to her Ss from her Fall break travels.

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute. They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • Incubator in room 301: We currently have 7 eggs in an incubator in room 301, she would love for you to come bring your students to observe them if you would like. She’ll be sending out a sign up soon so you can bring your students during times when there are not Mindlabs classes going on!
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: Spanish Class Registration
  • iPad Inventory: Ms. Ana Macgaffey is doing iPad Inventory while you are in Mindlabs! In order to make this efficient, you must have your iPad devices renamed as the student name and your room number (ie Ana Macgaffey 903). If you are unable to do this, please email Heather Galyen for support.
  • On the Blog: This week, our blog post is a reflection of our RIASEC themed Welcome Back PD! You can see pictures and a summary of the breakout activities online at: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/riasec/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity and Self Control (school work) **

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 4th        PM: 5th

Gallup Research Study School Site Visit

Dance Performances

Electives Resume 2:00 Ballet Folklorico MPR for 2nd & 3rd Grade

INDUCTION MTG 3:00-3:35

Sports: Middle school Football vs. Darnell @ Feaster 3:45pm

Collaboration AM: 1ST       PM: 2ND
1st grade “Grade Level Planning Day”

Gallup Research Study School Site Visit

Coffee with the Principals 7:45-8:45 MPR

Dance Performances

Sports:Elementary Football vs. Olympic View @ Feaster 4:00

Collaboration AM: 6TH       PM: 3RD

8:00-10:00 Superintendent Walkthrough

2:45-4:00 Feaster Family Fun Night & Western BBQ

4:30 Feaster Charter Board Meeting

#3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles) #

Collaboration AM: MS/TK  PM: K DI: 1ST Grade

8:00 – PIQE

  • 401 – Class #1
  • 1402 – Middle School

PD: PLC Input

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Collaboration AM: Mindlabs

Wear College T-Shirts Collaboration

Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

Dance Performances

——————— Saturday

8:00 -8TH Sat. School

8:30 MS Cross Country @ Otay Ranch HS

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/23 ILT Cohort #2 (Leads off Campus)
  • 10/24-10/26 Height and Weight Measurements for students (Coach G will send schedule)

STEM Week 11 Announcements 10.14.18

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shoutouts

  • Shout out to our daytime custodian Mr. Christian for keeping all staff and every student in mind as he has taken over for Mr. Alex as the head day custodian. We appreciate all your hardwork!!
  • Shout out to Coach Guglielmo and Coach Johnson for having a growth mindset and introducing a new set of awards to Student of the Month assemblies in middle school for Fitness Achievement!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Diaz for committing and following through with our 8th grade students who wanted to develop a science fair project that included hatching and raising chickens! We all look forward to observing this process!
  • Shout out to Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Amavet, Ms. Leslie, Mrs. Perezchica and Ms. Karla for committing and following through by helping out at the Parent Academy on Saturday!

📸Pictures:(1) Students working in Music Mindlabs Class 2) Students program dash and dot robots

Additional Information:

  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute. They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • Incubator in room 301: We currently have 7 eggs in an incubator in room 301, she would love for you to come bring your students to observe them if you would like. She’ll be sending out a sign up soon so you can bring your students during times when there are not Mindlabs classes going on!
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: Spanish Class Registration
  • iPad Inventory: Ms. Ana Macgaffey is doing iPad Inventory while you are in Mindlabs! In order to make this efficient, you must have your iPad devices renamed as the student name and your room number (ie Ana Macgaffey 903). If you are unable to do this, please email Heather Galyen for support.
  • On the Blog: This week, our blog post is a reflection of our RIASEC themed Welcome Back PD! You can see pictures and a summary of the breakout activities online at: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/riasec/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity and Self Control (school work) **

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 4th        PM: 5th

Induction Meeting: Room 401 3:00-4:00

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Sports: Middle school Football vs. Darnell @ Feaster 3:45pm

Collaboration AM: 1st         PM: 2nd

Coffee with the Principals: 7:45-8:45 MPR

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Sports: Elementary Football vs. Olympic View @ FSeaster 4:00

 

Collaboration AM: 6th        PM: 3rd

Superintendent Walkthorugh: 8:00-10:00

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Family Western BBQ: 2:45-4:00 Blacktop

Charter Board Meeting:
4:30 Room 401

*3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles)*

Collaboration AM: Middle/TK PM: Kinder

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming 1st Grade: Zoo

Bus Evacuation Drill: 9:00-10:00 *Specific schedule coming

Great Shakeout: Earthquake Drill 10:18am

PIQE: MPR 8:00-9:30

Collaboration: PM: Mindlabs

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming Gurrero: Innovation Station

Lead Training: Leads out all day

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/24-10/26 Height and Weight Measurements for students (Coach G will send schedule)