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  1. The Standards Based Classroom Quinton L. Ward Assistant Principal of Instruction August 2012

  2. Standards Based Classroom (SBC) Each room should have the following: - Instructional Board • Whiteboard (completed) • Word Wall • Classroom Library • Team Data Wall • Portfolio Station • Each day the 3 part lesson model will be used

  3. What is an instructional board?

  4. The Instructional Board • The purpose of the instructional board is to inform students of the following: • The standard that they are learning • The task that they have been assigned to practice and or master the standard • It is also to provide the students with an example of how what they are learning should look after that standard has been mastered.

  5. The Instructional Board cont’d • The purpose of the instructional board is to inform students of the following: • The Rubric spells out to the child the criteria which determines whether they have met the standard, exceeded the standard or did not meet the Standard

  6. The Instructional Board cont’d • The purpose of the instructional board is to show the student how their work should look • Student exemplars are examples of student work. The student exemplar should be graded work which provides examples of students who have met and exceeded the standard. Please refrain from posting work that has not met the standard.

  7. The Instructional Board Student Exemplar The Standard Circumstances The Task Student Exemplar Rubric Click on any section to get an explanation of that section of the board

  8. Standards • The standards refers to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards which is our curriculum. The standard defines what is to be taught in a particular subject. An element is a component or subsection of that standard.

  9. The Task • The Task refers to the specific assignment given by the classroom teacher to develop the students comprehension of the targeted standard.

  10. The Circumstances • Circumstances are the specific instructional methods used to accomplish the task. For example Think Pair Share, Small Group work, or Jig Saw to name a few.

  11. The Rubric • The Rubric spells out to the student the criteria which determines whether the student has met the standard, exceeded the standard or did not meet the Standard.

  12. Student Exemplar • Student Exemplars are examples of student work. The student exemplar should be graded work which provides examples of student work that has met and exceeded the standard. The student exemplar is an example of the work. Please refrain from posting work that has not met the standard. • Teacher Commentary, is the most important component of the instructional board. The teacher commentary gives detailed explanation of what was done correctly and why as well as what was done incorrectly and an explanation of why it was incorrect. The statement, “Good Job!” is not adequate commentary because it does-

  13. Student Exemplar cont’d • not explain to the child what was good and why it was good. The student should be able to obtain a good understanding of what meeting or exceeding the standard is and is not. • Samples of student work relevant to the standard being introduced should be available as the teacher is introducing the standard. The exemplar can be created by the teacher until actual student work is available.

  14. Student Portfolios/Lesson Plans • A designated area should be reserved for student portfolio’s • More information will be forth coming concerning the contents of the portfolio • Current Weekly or Biweekly lesson plans should posted in your lesson plan folder and placed in the tray on the wall near your front door in the lesson plan folder tray. • When absent, a substitute folder should be left in your classroom on your desk in the upper right hand corner for the substitute teacher.

  15. Welcome Letter Lesson plans Seating Charts Team Schedule Class sign-in sheets Assignment sheet Teacher comments page Emergency procedures Substitute Folder Please ensure that your teacher work space is organized and free of clutter

  16. The White board • The following items should be found on the white board daily: • Standard (written out, legible, and large enough to be read from the rear of the room. Do not list the abbreviated number alone) • Essential question • 3 Part lesson (Opening, Work Period, and Closing) What will be taking place during these segments of the lesson. • Assignments • The title of the current Principal’s book

  17. Whiteboard example Principal's Book Title Posted Standards Essential Question Opening Work Period Closing Homework Upcoming Events

  18. Word Wall/Data Wall • Each room is to have a word wall which displays content specific vocabulary relevant to the current unit of study. • Usage of the terminology relevant to the standards should be spoken in class daily. • Each room shall have a section of a wall designated as the team data wall. Team specific benchmark data should be posted. No student scores should be posted.

  19. Classroom library (ELA) • Each class shall have a designated area for a classroom library. • Please consult your department chair, Instructional coach, and or media specialist for assistance in properly populating your library.

  20. The 3 Part Lesson • Opening- a good opening has a hook, an appropriate introduction of the standard, a mini lesson, and clear directions leading to the work period • Work period – should be student centered and collaborative in nature. • The closing- should provide a review of what was learned via presentations, student lead discussions, etc.

  21. The 3 Part Lesson • Your hook is how you are going to get the children to initially focus (interested) on your standard for the day • Each teacher shall monitor the progress of their students during the work period segment of the lesson. As the teacher monitors progress, they check the quality and accuracy of the work being completed, making sure students are on task, and/or the teacher conducts student conferences. At no time should the teacher be engaged in planning preparations or grading papers. The teacher should be directly engaged with the learner. Monitoring the progress of students will be one of the main focuses this year.

  22. Silent Passage • This year one of the school initiatives is the implementation of silent passage. Silent passage means students are to walk up and down the hallway in orderly lines and quietly as they are being escorted by their teachers. Please make sure your lines are straight, quiet, gap free, and orderly. Please use stopping points in order to teach the children this practice.

  23. Communication • Check your email and phone messages at least 3 times daily (when your arrive, during your planning period and before you leave for the day. • Return all calls and email within 48 hours • Keep a parent log of all calls and conferences • Update your voice mail greeting & Personal Verification

  24. Security • Lock up your personal possessions • If you confiscate something call the parent and inform them of what happened and that they can pick it up in the front office, fill out a confiscation form, and forward the item to Mrs. Head for parent pickup. • If you lose the confiscated item you are responsible for its replacement • Lock your class when you are away from your room • Do not cover any of the glass panes of your door.

  25. Classroom • Please post your emergency procedures on the wall. • Place your lesson plan folder in the basket on the wall near your front door. • Prepare all bulletin boards in your room. Your bulletin boards should contain instructional based content.

  26. Cafeteria • Leave in time so you can arrive on time • Instruct your students to go straight through the line and to sit down. Do not wait on friends • Monitor the students behavior while in line • Once you sit down remain in your seat • Sit with your students and monitor them • Only two classes from the team should leave at a time. Four classes leaving together is chaotic • Leave the cafeteria on time and be aware of when we go to connections • It is your responsibility to enforce silent passage

  27. Dress professionally everyday Be on time When attending meetings or staff development sessions off campus, secure a sub., dress professionally, be on time, and positively represent Freedom Middle School Go to your immediate supervisor to address your concerns When attending meetings arrive on time, be prepared to take notes, do not be argumentative with the presenter, no what needs to be discussed during the meeting and what is a side bar conversations Be positive and receptive Professionalism

  28. Protocol/Chain of command • Do not contact district personnel. The protocol is to first inquire from your department chair, then instructional or academic coach, your assistant principal assigned to your department, and then your principal. Your assistant principal or your principal will contact the district for questions that can not be answered from within. You should never jump the chain unless the information is sensitive and personal. • The purpose of this is to reduce the volume of calls and emails addressing questions that could easily be answered by your immediate supervisor.