School Wide Strategies
Teachers listed all the learning strategies they used...venn diagrams, think-pair-share, concentric circles, socratic seminar, outline mapping etc. Over time, teachers determined the most effective strategies and narrowed their focus to 5 school-wide strategies that everyone would use. Common note-catchers or graphic organizers were created around these 5 strategies.
School Wide Strategies
1. Anticipation Guide
2. Quick Draw for Points
3. Close reading
4. Match-Up (vocabulary)
Writing Checklist- In every grade, on all writing.
Every grade level chooses writing standards to include in a checklist format. This checklist is on the top left corner of every writing paper. Students can see which standards they need to include in their writing.
Kindergarteners were doing a whole class modeling of writing sentences and using the editing checklist, and then going to their seat to write and edit independently.
They use the checklist to self-edit, peer-edit and then teacher edit. It was very consistently used across all grade levels. We noticed strong writing and student engagement throughout classrooms in writing.
Example of school wide close reading with graphic organizer.
Sentence & Question Stems
Both Pueblo Vista and Canyon Oaks were inspired by the Bel Aire's Learning walk and their use of common question and sentence stems. Like us, PV chose sentence stems to be used in all grade levels.
They also have specific sentence stems to use during number corner.
Pueblo Vista believes that if you think a subject is important, you should see evidence of it in your classroom. Pueblo Vista’s classrooms are very diverse and unique, however, they all have 5 things in common. A BEST area, reading area, writing, science and math. These are walls are living documents with anchor charts, student work, vocabulary, writing etc.
Example of Anticipation Guide: similar to our Knows/Need to Knows
The staff room walls are a reflection of the work they are doing: School Wide CC standards focus, school wide strategies, assessment data, SMART goals, 6 C’s, Question/Answers stems.
If it is important to their school, it is up and visible in the for people to see in the staff room. All PLC work is done in this room, with all grade levels.
**Note: This staff room is also a computer lab and parent meeting room; so goals and data are transparent for everyone...teachers, parents, kids.
To help with vocabulary and academic language student across grade levels practice labeling scientific or technical drawings.
Student artwork was enlarged and placed on window film to cover large windows in the multi-use room.