Pueblo Vista Learning Walk Dual Immersion & Environmental Science Focus

Collaboration and Consistency

It was very apparent that all classrooms had a consistent focus at Pueblo Vista. Even when the student work was in a different language, it was easy to see that all classrooms had collaborated and planned together for optimal student learning. The principal, Helen Rocca, is dedicated to helping teachers provide consistency throughout classrooms.

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)

5. Think-Pair-Share-Paraphrase

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

Staff Room

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.

Technical Drawing

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.

Random Notes:

PLCs meet together in a common room and work on common agenda. Example: One week, all grade levels are looking at writing.

Read 180 focuses on the same SMART goal as their grade level. They still using the Read 180 text, but the teacher incorporates the grade level SMART goal and common formative assessment. The students and teacher feels more connected to the core content, curriculum and team.

As a part of their commitment to collaboration and consistency, grade levels listed all activities & curriculum they used...everything. Over time they discussed which items were non-negotiable must-do’s and which were optional. For example, in the middle of a Science unit, they might replace the Treasures comprehension text with a text that applies to their unit….but they always do phonics, everyday.

Think-pair-share extension: As kids were reading with partners and discussing content, one student wrote a question in complete sentence and the partner wrote the answer in complete sentences. Both students were equally engaged and contributing to the overall work.

Problem of Practice: Pueblo Vista is focusing on Questioning. They deconstructed the questioning standard at each grade level noting what levels of proficiency are and identified common strategies for questioning within the grade levels. As a staff, they create SMART Goals on questioning every 4 weeks and share out the results.


Photos by: Kay Vang, Meghan Asikainen, Moya Jones-Neely & Becky Albertazzi

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