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The Second Teacher: Putting Classroom Walls to Work for You Part 1. Diane Cepela, PhD 815.258.5251 Today:. Ideology… A word about finding information from today… Poster – ology : What should visuals look like in your room?

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The second teacher putting classroom walls to work for you part 1

The Second Teacher: Putting Classroom Walls to Work for YouPart 1

Diane Cepela, PhD



  • Ideology…

  • A word about finding information from today…

  • Poster – ology: What should visuals look like in your room?

    • Aesthetics of poster making

    • Wall Thoughts - poster placement

  • Do’s and Don’ts of ISAT Walls

  • Contact information

  • Relax, share, enjoy…

Let s think about this
Let’s think about this…

  • We teach to the Illinois Learning Standards.

  • The Assessment Framework guides us in our teaching of the Standards.

  • The Assessment Framework is directly aligned to ISAT.

  • Therefore – our teaching should be aligned to teaching to success on ISAT.


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What isbe says
What ISBE says…

  • There are only 2 types of posters that cannot be displayed on classroom walls during ISAT testing. (For posters and classroom displays that are not specifically prohibited, we are relying on your professional judgment.)

    • Any poster that has step-by step instructions for answering a reading extended-response question--for example, the Reading Student-Friendly Rubrics.

    • Any poster that displays and defines those root words and affixes listed in the Illinois Assessment Framework for Reading.

  • Students may not get out of their seats to refer to a poster or classroom display during testing.

  • Test Administrators should not make reference to posters or classroom displays immediately prior to or during testing. Likewise, posters or classroom displays should not be added to the classroom immediately prior to the two-week test window.

  • Posters or classroom displays may not be copied and moved to an alternative testing location which creates an artificial environment and may lead students to believe that they should use these during testing.

What cannot be on walls
What Cannot Be On Walls?

  • Reading –

    • Affixes with definitions

    • Step by Step Expository Writing

    • Writing Rubric

  • Math – everything can be up but multiplication tables, etc cannot be on desks

  • Anything your principal does not feel comfortable having…

Wall thoughts visual aids
Wall Thoughts - Visual Aids

  • Print – never cursive


  • Use upper and lower case letters

  • Size matters – write large enough so that all may see – every place in the room

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Wall Thoughts - Visual Aids

  • Colors:

    • Useblue, green, brownor purple for the letters

    • Alternate between 2 colors for letters

    • Every bullet point should have an icon – use yellow, orange, red, pink…

    • Use 3 colors per page – Kinesthetic – use many colors

  • Include pictures when you can…

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Wall Thoughts - Visual Aids

  • Use walls only – no ceilings, no clothes lines

  • Print large enough so that all can read

  • Keep like posters together - Genres, 12 powerful words…

  • Keep reading with reading and math with math – 2 walls for reading, 1 for math.

  • Refer to posters constantly; wall walk the last weeks before ISAT

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Wall Thoughts - Visual Aids

  • Wall use -

    • Put posters up as you use them

    • Refer to posters on the walls. By now you should be able to say, “If it was during ISAT time and you forget what….is, where would you find it on our walls?”

  • Do a WALL WALK – talk to students. Do we need this poster on the wall? Where should we put it?

  • Organize, organize, organize – get rid of posters that are good but not on ISAT.

The second teacher putting classroom walls to work for you part 1

Reading posters grade level specific
Reading Posters – Grade Level Specific – 2010)

  • Data Walls – class specific

    • Students need to know how they are performing

    • What their target is

    • Have a plan for getting there

  • Student conferencing 3 times before ISAT

The second teacher putting classroom walls to work for you part 1

Each card represents a student – 2010)

Each grade level has a different color

Dots represent different data

The second teacher putting classroom walls to work for you part 1

After each universal screening, cards are moved. – 2010)

The staff gets a visual picture of how students are performing in reading.

Larry bell s 12 powerful words
Larry Bell’s 12 Powerful Words – 2010)

  • Analyze, Summarize, Predict, Trace, Infer, Formulate, Describe, Evaluate, Support, Explain, Compare, Contrast

    • With definition

    • Example / graphic organizer

Graphic organizers
Graphic Organizers – 2010)

  • Higher Order Thinking Skills

  • Inference – Literal and Simple

  • Tool to hang hat on…

    • Compare and Contrast

    • Cause and Effect – not on ISAT (5th once…)

    • Characterization

    • Summarization

Compare and contrast
Compare and Contrast – 2010)

  • Compare – all the ways they are alike

  • Contrast – all the ways they are different



Kwl inference
KWL - Inference – 2010)

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KWL - Inference – 2010)

  • Read passage (on grade level) by self

  • Circle all the things (or use sticky notes for text) you wonder about. Write all over the story:

    • I had a dog once – I wonder if this dog is like mine?

    • What does scruffy mean?

    • How many characters are in this story?

  • Fill out the Know and Wonder section of KWL

  • Talk to a partner about what you just read with your wonders and knows…what can you change to learned?

  • Find out what else you need to know – answer that.

  • Teacher direction – what else do you need to know?

  • Return to partner group and answer.

  • Culminating Project, Synthesis and Metacognition…

  • Talk, talk, talk – return to partner, class discussion, combine 2 groups

Other reading posters
Other Reading Posters – 2010)

  • Extended Response – see example in a minute (you cannot have step-by-step nor rubric up during ISAT)

  • Grade Level Genres with Examples from class

  • Story and Literary Elements with definitions and connections to work done in class

  • Word walls with affixes done in colors

    • Prefix – Green

    • Root word – Blue

    • Suffix – Red

    • miscommunication

  • “Tricky Words” – the way ISAT asks questions that might trick you…

The second teacher putting classroom walls to work for you part 1

Genres – 2010)