Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Merry Christmas

Nifty Thrifty Fifty Anagrams

Differentiated Instruction Handout

Canton, Ohio DI Handout

Conjunction Junction

Monday, November 14, 2011

Common Core Checklists for Math and English Language Arts

Stop by my store to download the common-core checklists for $1.00. Each file includes one checklist (grade level/content specific), a planning template, and a quick-check form.






You can find K-12 English/Language Arts Common Core Checklists and K-6 Math Common Core Checklists in my Teachers Pay Teachers store:  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Cheryl-Dick.
They are $1.00 each. Each file includes the planning template and quick-check form too.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Check Out Our Classroom


My 4th grade students are featured on SDE's website:  http://www.sde.com/di/classroom.asp. If you have a minute, check them out. I'm so proud of them. :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Differentiated Math Lesson






Before moving into a new unit involving multiplication, Miss Roeckle had students complete an entrance slip to assess mastery of using addition and subtraction in problem solving. In minutes, she was able to tell which students completely understood how to solve the selected problem, which students partially understood how to solve the selected problem, and which students had little to no understanding of how to solve the selected problem. 

Through this quick assessment, she was able to determine that most students fully understood, a few students set the problem up correctly but had a computation error, and that one student didn't appear to understand how to go about solving the problem at all.

Next, she introduced and modeled how to play a math game to the entire class. This game involved working with arrays in multiplication. After instructing students to work with partners carefully arranged by her, she asked a few students to meet her at the back table. 

During this time, she used the entrance slips to reteach addition and subtraction in problem solving to a small group. Once she felt students understood the concept, she dismissed them from the group to join partners in the ongoing math game. 

Several of the students already understood the concept but needed to work on carefully checking their work.




Math Investigations Game:

Students have sets of array cards with factors/dimensions on them (example:  8 x 7). They lay out all of the array cards and make two columns on a piece of paper. They label the paper, "Combinations I Know" and "Combinations I Don't Know."

Then, students take turns pointing to an array. When they point to an array, they are to say how many squares are in the array. If they don't immediately know the answer, they turn the array card over and look at the answer. Next, they write the number sentence (ex:  8 x 7 = 56) in the "Combinations I Don't Know" column.

Note:  Miss Roeckle will be graduating from Missouri State University in December, 2011. She'll be looking for a job in the Springfield, MO, area. She's doing an amazing job!!

What Does DI (Differentiated Instruction) Look Like?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Appointment Clock


Melissa Gmur, a student teacher at MSU, made this appointment calendar. If you click on the dot by the time, it will link you directly to the correct appointment. :-) The arrow will take you back the original page.

The partners are set by the teacher. If you need heterogeneous partners, consider Music/Mix/Meet or Stand Up/Hand Up/Pair Up.

Link to file:  http://www.box.net/shared/be280m6u1em8t5ne4mlj

Thanks for sharing, Melissa!! :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Secret Recipe for Better Answers

Secret Recipe for Better Answers

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Writing Conference

After a whole-class mini-lesson on how to write a summary using nonfiction text, Miss Roeckle works with a small group of students. This particular group meets with her once a week. During each conference, she gives descriptive feedback on each student's writing. She always shares something positive before giving him/her a suggestion for improvement.





At the end of writers' workshop, students have the opportunity to share writing in author's chair. Typically three-four students have the opportunity to share each day.




Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Charting Individual Student Progress

2011 Student 4th Math Quick Check Form


2011 Student 4th CA Quick Check Form

DI Handout

Canton, Ohio DI Handout

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Understanding Division

I'm posting this for reference for students at Drury University. It may not make sense if you haven't seen it modeled.

 

Compensation Examples -- BEST Math Strategy Yet! So EASY!

This link demonstrates differenty ways to use this strategy:  http://www.box.net/shared/chyr1vfy3u20mc0sehvq

I used my mouse to write the numbers, so the printing is messy. Sorry!

Appointment Calendar Management Idea

Being back in the classroom is interesting. Last week, I knew I needed to implement differentiated appointment calendars to form heterogeneous partners, homogeneous partners, and peer tutors, but I wasn't sure I was up for the challenge of managing behavior and having students keep up with their appointments. So, I used their M.A.P. and SRI data to form the groups, and I wrote their appointments on different pages in a SMART Notebook file.

Now, if I want peer tutors to work together in reading or homogeneous partners to work together in math, I simply include that slide in my lesson. Management problem solved. :)

If you'd like more information on how to set up appointment calendars, this link will help:  http://www.cherylsclassroomtips.com/2010/04/appointment-calendars-by-keeping.html.

Ten Frame


Number Bonds Addition to 10

Link to Download:  http://www.box.net/shared/aq4okq3vzyuprt3fuvsk

Place Value -- Expanded Form and Addition


Link to Download if you SMART Notebook Software:  http://www.box.net/shared/jagroc66gmu2h16setdv




Multiplication Bonds


Download if you have SMARTNotebook Software:  http://www.box.net/shared/fq1s5tul73ig05f5y0rq

I plan to assess multiplication the old-fashioned way, but I plan to teach multiplication AND division with number bonds. ONE bond covers four things. It's brain-friendly.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Independent Learning Contract

Student Learning Contract

Independent Study Assessment

Independent Study Assessment

Independent Study Activity

Think Tac Toe

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Anchor Chart Ideas

If you're using your classroom walls to teach, this site will give you ideas for anchor charts. Not all charts have to be written on chart paper -- you can print pages from your SMART Notebook lessons to leave a trail of learning in your room.

http://www.jmeacham.com/anchorcharts.htm

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Math Quick Checks for M.A.P. Descriptors

3rd Grade Math Quick Check

4th Grade Math Quick Check

5th Grade Math Quick Check

6th Grade Math Quick Check

4th Grade Quick Check for MAP Skills

Communication Arts Quick Check Form


Math Quick Check Form

Monday, August 8, 2011

SSR Forms for School/Home

Student's Daily Reading Log for Home (Record MINUTES Read)

Student's Daily Reading Log for School (Record PAGES Read)

Quick Check

Monday, August 1, 2011

Welcome Letter -- Follow up to one sent home in May

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Place Value Disks

Place Value Disks


Place Value Chart

Place Value Cards

Place Value 1

Link to 10s cards:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215817?access_key=key-28mjwdm7a5e031ms3e7n

Link to 100s cards:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215841?access_key=key-2mc9tm0b5wopqrr15igf

Link to 100s cards Part II:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215823?access_key=key-17nl7r6yp3gtepr7k9gd

Link to 1,000s cards:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215852?access_key=key-8rca242sc5ve1gfpnnk

Link to 10,000s cards:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215860?access_key=key-e9wo9hakzz1eoatufy9

Link to 100,000s cards:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61215864?access_key=key-12owaqftpo8c80dgnqlv

*I'm planning to print the 1s on yellow paper, 10s on green paper, 100s on purple paper, 1,000s on blue paper, 10,000s on pink paper, and 100,000s on red paper to match the number disks.

Number Bond Reproducible

Number Bond Reproducible

*If you Google ten frame cards, it'll take you straight to a PDF reproducible.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Revised Handouts for Upcoming PD Sessions


If you see typos, please let me know. I have to upload them for print by Friday. :o)

I Have a SMARTBoard, Now What?
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60964059?access_key=key-f6kox71o402e07sxynt

Differentiate Your Instruction with Technology
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60916620?access_key=key-12m26hkyw54rywefio5m

Help! My Entire Class Has ADHD
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60964313?access_key=key-1y2whgol1eh6nkmwetkd

Easy-to-Implement, Easy-to-Prepare Content Area Interventions
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60902802?access_key=key-2hz1re45fe7kmf4jw1ti

Identifying Missing Foundational Skills in Reading and Writing
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60896996?access_key=key-2oecc8hujzxrrti128q8

Six Essential Comprehension Strategies
http://www.scribd.com/full/60978787?access_key=key-pznhgb1355nhz1np54f

Increase Achievement with Your Classroom Environment
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60978286?access_key=key-xs57fbxq4luq1d333wu

Engaging DI Strategies
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/60978607?access_key=key-1t4xegh223u9slw3eyiv

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chicago Differentiated Instruction Conference


Who says teachers take July off??? There were thousands upon thousands of educators attending classes in Vegas and Chicago in the last two weeks alone.   If you were at one of the conferences, I hope you enjoyed your sessions and had a chance to do some sightseeing in the evenings (and maybe a little shopping too).

I'll be adding resources from my sessions to my blog this weekend. If you can't find what you're looking for by Monday, please let me know. :o)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Clickers in the Classroom

Differentiated Instruction Planning Template

Differentiated Assessment

*Modified from Laureen Reynold's work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

3rd Grade Spelling Lists

One list is for parents; one is for students' writing notebooks. If you can't see all 28 lists from the embedded items, click:

List for Parents


List for Students' Writing Notebooks

3rd Grade Spelling List for 2011-2012

3rd Grade Spelling Words

Thursday, May 19, 2011

4th Grade Spelling Lists

The first list is for the parents; the second list is for the students' writing notebooks.

If all 28 lists are not visible from the embedded items, click:

List for Parents
List for Students' Writing Notebooks

4th Grade Spelling List for 2011-2012

4th Grade Spelling Words

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Personal Spelling Dictionary

Personal Spelling Dictionary

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Do You Differentiate?



Get More Bang for Your Buck When You Differentiate
Lesson/Unit Planning Template

I attended a phenomenal differentiated instruction workshop last week presented by Laureen Reynolds, and she said, "Sitting in a different place in the room and working with a smaller group of students don't mean your differentiating instruction."

You can differentiate in small groups, but small groups in and of themselves do not mean you're differentiating for students readiness levels.

The template below is meant to serve as a guide as you plan differentiated units - and to remind you that assessment drives instruction. This template is modified from an idea I picked up at Laureen's workshop. If she's ever presenting near you, attending the session will be worth your time.

Link to Laureen Reynold's Presenting Information


Differentiated Assessment

Welcome Letter for 2011-2012 Students

Welcome Letter

Common Core Standards: Math Checklists





Stop by my TPT store to download the common-core checklists. Each file includes one checklist (grade level/content specific), a planning template, and a quick-check form.





Simple. Effective. Time-Saving.

The common core checklists help you plan and stay on track to ensure you've taught all objectives that might show up on the end-of-the-year assessment. 

Even though you've taught them, how do you know students have learned them? The quick-check forms help you keep track of deficits in learning. This makes it easier to differentiate instruction which increases achievement.

_______________________________________________________

The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hereby grant a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, publish, distribute, and display the Common Core State Standards for purposes that support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These uses may involve the Common Core State Standards as a whole or selected excerpts or portions.

Attribution; Copyright Notice:

NGA Center/CCSSO shall be acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary shall be made.

Any publication or public display shall include the following notice: © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.



__________________________________________________________

The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hereby grant a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, publish, distribute, and display the Common Core State Standards for purposes that support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These uses may involve the Common Core State Standards as a whole or selected excerpts or portions.Attribution; Copyright Notice:NGA Center/CCSSO shall be acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary shall be made.Any publication or public display shall include the following notice: © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

Common Core Standards: English/Language Arts (ELA) Checklists for K-12

Stop by my TPT store to download the common-core checklists. Each file includes one checklist (grade level/content specific), a planning template, and a quick-check form.





Simple. Effective. Time-Saving.

The common core checklists help you plan and stay on track to ensure you've taught all objectives that might show up on the end-of-the-year assessment. 

Even though you've taught them, how do you know students have learned them? The quick-check forms help you keep track of deficits in learning. This makes it easier to differentiate instruction which increases achievement.

__________________________________________________________

The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hereby grant a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, publish, distribute, and display the Common Core State Standards for purposes that support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These uses may involve the Common Core State Standards as a whole or selected excerpts or portions.

Attribution; Copyright Notice:

NGA Center/CCSSO shall be acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary shall be made.

Any publication or public display shall include the following notice: © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.




__________________________________________________________

The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hereby grant a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, publish, distribute, and display the Common Core State Standards for purposes that support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These uses may involve the Common Core State Standards as a whole or selected excerpts or portions.Attribution; Copyright Notice:NGA Center/CCSSO shall be acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary shall be made.Any publication or public display shall include the following notice: © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nixa Public Schools - NINE Years of Accredited with Distinction in Performance :-)

Missouri's Goal: Top 10 by 20




What are the top 10 performing states right now and what are their characteristics?

According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the top 10 performing states right now are:
  • Vermont.
  • Massachusetts.
  • Connecticut.
  • New Jersey.
  • Maine.
  • Minnesota.
  • Virginia.
  • Montana.
  • Wisconsin.
  • New York.
A recent report by Dr. Douglas B. Reeves of The Leadership and Learning Center identified the key characteristics of the top 10 performing states.
They are:
  • an emphasis on nonfiction or informational writing.
  • quality early childhood education programs.
  • quality standards and assessments.
  • an appointed (not elected) chief state school officer.
  • effective use of scarce resources.
Source:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/top10by20/faqs.html

Link to testing resources for some of the Top 10 states:  http://ww2.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=2935623.

This link has some interesting information you may want to read:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/top10by20/documents/10x20-reeves-exec-summary.pdf

Monday, April 4, 2011

April TOSA Newsletter

April 11 TOSA Newsletter


April