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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. Today’s Goals. Provide an Overview : Examine the development of MAP testing and its impact on student learning

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The Top Five Map Tools that support instructionand motivate students

Linda Foote

August 7, 2007

Twin Peaks MS

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Today’s Goals

  • Provide an Overview: Examine the development of MAP testing and its impact on student learning

  • 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.

  • 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


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


Brief History of NWEA

  • A group of educators decided there had to be a better way.

  • Began with the End in Mind

  • Developed 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)

  • 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 feedback


Tool #1: PUSD MAP site to share Great Resources

  • www.pusdmap.com

  • Can link to NWEA or TIM

  • “What works” is posted here

  • New information can be found here

  • Newest Notebook is always available for you to print new pages


Tool # 2: The Learning Ladder in TIM

  • View whole class on one screen

  • View students’ instructional levels by sub-goal standards

  • Determine HOW much differentiation is needed for a class

  • Determine strengths and weaknesses in goal areas more easily

  • Print individual student reports so everyone working with a student can be more purposeful and focused.

  • NEW: view multiple classes or a grade level

Let’s examine one case study from OVMS


In TIM choose the Learning Ladder…


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 overallwhen 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 www.pusdmap.com for PowerPoint, class, and student pages. )


Tool #4: Lexile Resources

  • Lexile Scavenger Hunt

  • District Lexile Page

  • www.lexile.com

  • PowerVocabulary pages

  • Textbook Lexile Calculator

  • Lexile Analyzer (powaylex and powayreads)

  • Scholastic’s eCatalogue


Tool # 5: RIT Days

  • Collaborate more efficiently and effectively

  • Narrow your focus

  • Give students opportunities to work in homogeneous teams while still giving them access to high grade level material


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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