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Module 1- Early Release. Vance County Schools. 9/21/2011. Agenda. Purpose of Early Release Days Overview of New Standards Vocabulary Strategies Alternatives to Round Robin Introduction to Common Core Math. Early Release Days.

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module 1 early release

Module 1- Early Release

Vance County Schools


  • Purpose of Early Release Days
  • Overview of New Standards
  • Vocabulary Strategies
  • Alternatives to Round Robin
  • Introduction to Common Core Math
early release days
Early Release Days
  • All teachers will be knowledgeable about and able to implement Common Core and Essential Standards in 2012.
  • Teachers will begin this process by implementing best practices this school year.
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common core and essential standards
Common Core and Essential Standards
  • North Carolina's Standard Course of Study has been completely overhauled and new standards are to be implemented in classrooms beginning in 2012-13.
common core
Common Core
  • National Standards
  • Reading and Math
  • Best Practices
essential standards
Essential Standards
  • State Standards
  • Science and Social Studies
vocabulary and round robin
Vocabulary and Round Robin
  • Strategies for all content areas
part 1 vocabulary

Part 1: Vocabulary

All Content Areas

the marlup
The Marlup

The marlup was poving his kump. Parmily a narg horped some whev in his kump. “Why did vump horp whev in mh frinkle kump?’ the marlup jufd the narg. “Er’m muvvily trungy,” the narg grupped. “Er heshed vump norpled whev in your tranquil kump.” Do vump pove your kump frinkle?


The marlup was poving his kump. Parmily a narg horped some whev in his kump. “Why did vump horp whev in mh frinkle kump?’ the marlup jufd the narg. “Er’m muvvily trungy,” the narg grupped. “Er heshed vump norpled whev in your tranquil kump.” Do vump pove your kump frinkle?

1. Who was poving his kump?

2. Who juffed the narg?

3. How trungy was the narg?

4. What kind of kump does the marlup have?

5. How would you feel if a narg horped in your

marlup’s kump? Why?


marlup =bank manager,

  • narg= teenager,
  • kump =bank,
  • horped = gave,
  • whev= money,

The bank manager was poving his bank. Parmily a teenager gave some money in his kump. “Why did vump give money in mh frinkle bank?’ the bank manager jufd the teenager. “Er’m muvvily trungy,” the teenager grupped. “Er heshed vump norpled money in your tranquil bank.” Do vump pove your kump frinkle?

5. How would you feel if a teenager gave in your bank manager’s bank? Why?

impact of direct vocabulary instruction
Impact of Direct Vocabulary Instruction

Research shows a student in the 50th percentilein terms of ability to comprehend the subject matter taught in school, with no direct vocabulary instruction, scores in the 50th percentile ranking.

The same student, after specific content-area terms have been taught in a specific way, raises his/her comprehension ability to the 83rd percentile.

consider this
Consider this…

Background knowledge is more

important to the understanding

of reading than IQ.

Vocabulary instruction in specific

content-area terms builds up

student’s background knowledge

in content area.

did you know
Did You Know…

With the person near you, decide if the following statements are true or false.

1. If students spend 25 minutes a day reading at a rate of 200 words per minute for 200 days, they will read a million words of text annually and encounter 15,000 and 30,000 unfamiliar words.

2. If we can learn through direct instruction 1 out of 20 words, yearly gain in vocabulary will be between 750 to 1500.

what it means to us
What It Means to Us…
  • It is not necessary for all vocabulary terms to be directly taught.
  • Yet, direct instruction of vocabulary has been proven to make an impact.

all teachers in a school focus on the same academic vocabulary and teach in the same way, school has a powerful comprehensive approach.

all teachers in a district embrace and use the same comprehensive approach, it becomes even more powerful.

picking terms to teach
Picking Terms to Teach
  • Is the word term critically important to content

I will be teaching this year?

  • If needed, add words to reflect state standards and curriculum materials.
  • Remember that new vocabulary will exist in all content areas so to avoid student overload, each separate content area should limit their vocabulary to 5 words a week.
from the beginning
From the beginning…
  • Understand lists are not “cast in stone”, but rather additions and deletions may become necessary over time.
six steps for teaching new terms
Six-Steps for Teaching New Terms
  • First 3 steps – introduce and develop initial understanding.
  • Last 3 steps – shape and sharpen understanding.
step 1
Step 1
  • Provide a description, explanation, or example of

new term.

Our term for today is:


step 2
Step 2
  • Students restate


of new term in

own words.




in your own words.

step 3
Step 3


create a nonlinguistic representation of term.

examples of nonlinguistic representations
Examples of NonlinguisticRepresentations











a nonlinguistic representation

of the word,


step 4
Step 4
  • Students periodically do activities that help add to knowledge of vocabulary terms.
review activity analogy problems
Review Activity Analogy Problems

One or two terms are missing. Please think about statements below, turn to your elbow partner and provide terms that will complete following analogies.

Landform is to water

as ________ is to cold.

step 5
Step 5
  • Periodically students are asked to discuss terms with one another.

For 2 or 3 minutes,



activities you currently use in your classroom.

step 6
Step 6
  • Periodically students are involved in games that allow them to play with terms.
vocabulary charades
Vocabulary Charades

Stand up and act out the following words:




vocabulary games
Vocabulary Games

In 3-5 minutes, create a list of all vocabulary activities and games that you use or have heard about and would like to use.

Submit the list

to Today’s Meet.

  • 2-5 terms per week/per subject for 30 weeks to teach target terms.
  • Set aside time periodically to engage students in vocabulary activities, adding to knowledge base.
final thoughts
Final Thoughts

Teachers and schools that embrace a comprehensive approach of building academic vocabulary will see impressive results in classrooms and on achievement tests.

*Reflect for a few moments about how you would alter or refine your classroom instruction with this information.

round robin reading
Round Robin Reading

Round Robin Reading:

An Ineffective Strategy

Round Robin Reading—defined in The Literacy Dictionary as “the outmoded practice of calling on students to read orally one after the other” (Harris & Hodges 1995, p.222)

Round Robin Reading and Other Perils of Reading EducationDr. Frank SerafiniUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Round robin reading focuses on oral performance and decoding accuracy, not comprehension.
  • Round robin reading may cause anxiety

and embarrassment.


Students rarely pay attention when they are not the one reading aloud.

  • It is about CONTROL, not about

effective reading instruction.

  • It assumes everyone should read the same book, at the same time, and at the same rate.

Teacher Read Alouds

Modeling fluency and intonation while students follow along in the book

Also teacher models comprehension strategies as they read; making connections, inferencing, questioning, summarizing, etc.


Independent Reading

Students read independently

and are assigned clear starting

and stopping points and a

purpose for reading.

  • While you read look for …
  • While you read, think about how…
  • While you read, see if you can figure out why…
choral reading
Choral Reading

More than one student at a time reads. The goal is to have more than one voice reading at a time to pull slower readers along.

Teacher may or may not read depending upon how much support is needed.

Students should have the opportunity to practice reading the text before reading aloud.

partner reading
Partner Reading

Students are paired.

Two roles; reader and summarizer

First partner reads aloud the selection while the second partner listens and follows along.

The second partner then chooses 3-5 words that best describe the main idea of the reading. The second partner also lists key details of the reading.

Then the pair come to consensus on the main idea and important details.

The pair then switches roles and continues reading.

ready set go

Ready, Set, Go!

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards for Math

common core state standards for math ccssm
Common Core State Standards for Math (CCSSM)
  • Focus and coherence
  • Balance of concepts and skills
  • College and career readiness
  • Mathematical practices
The value of the common core is only as good as the implementation of the mathematical practices.--Jere Confrey
standards for mathematical practice
Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Describe a variety of expertise that we should seek to develop in our students
  • The “how” and not the “what”
standards for mathematical practice1
Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • 8 specific practices to encourage in students
  • 2 will be explored each early release day
discussion activity
  • Close read the practice
  • Discuss the assigned section
  • Do a nonlinguistic representation of your section
  • Present the representation including “how does this look in your classroom?”
close reading
CLOSE Reading
  • Clasp your pencil
  • Line, label and list
  • Observe patterns
  • Seek similarities and differences
  • Effectively question
practice 1
Practice #1

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

practice 2
Practice #2

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

exit slip
Exit Slip

1- One thing you will do differently in your classroom.

2- Two things with which you still have questions or challenges.

3- Three things you have learned.