This class has shown me the standards in a different light. By making them into layman's terms I am able to wrap my mind around what I can do in my lesson planning and yearly scheduling. Thank you for the great informational class and I look forward to the hands on part.
As I reflect on the day, I liked gaining the practice and experience of finding out the text complexity of informational and literary passages, using the 3 components - qualitative measures, quantitative measures, and reader-task considerations. Working in groups made this less intimidating! It was nice to practice using the lexile analyzer and understand how to scrub the text. With practice, many questions were answered. Valuable experience! Thanks!!
The biggest take away for me was that complex text isn't just something I should "think about" and "try," but rather it is totally necessary and actually a REQUIREMENT. I really want to try to incorporate complex texts into my social studies and science instruction as those are two areas that need some "beefing up."
Things really came together with today's instruction. I appreciate your flexibility in changing up your plans to address some of the questions the class had. Invigorating class today, thanks!
I really enjoyed learning how to use lexile for the quantitative and the discussions with peers concerning the qualitative levels for a piece of writing. I think there are some good cross-curricular concepts that are discussed with this course that apply to other courses. Getting scholars to think and finding new ways to think are always beneficial.
The standards have never been presented to me as easy but it's nice to think about them as only 10 standards no matter what grade/level you teach. It was kind of an ah ha moment for me. I'm really excited to start using these strategies and questions along with more complex texts with my students. Thank you for a great class!
This class reminded me why I supported PARCC originally. While I still have issues with how the exam was administrated, I do agree with the goals that PARCC is trying to achieve. I never liked Six Traits or the other instructional strategies we tried to use while teaching writing, reading, etc. However, I love the strategy of using the ten standards for every text we use. Slowing down and noticing the details is important. Thank you.
As I think about the last two days, I see three major take aways from my learning. One being the an acceptance of the PARCC assessment. I am today, I am more bought into this assessment than I have been. 2. The work around text complexity will assist me in communicating with parent in the SPED evaluation process, what, I am looking for as what the assessments are designed to assess, then tie it to real life learning and in class learning. 3. Today was the most valuable to me professionally, hearing how we can scaffold difficult tasks and not loose the intended standard.
Thanks for showing me the standards in a different light. Your flexibility to change, due to questions was appreciated.
I appreciated the time to look deeper into the standards and think about how I can teach them effectively in my classroom. Using complex text shouldn't be intimidating if I can remember to utilize more close reading tasks.
My reflection today is to assure that my instruction brings the student to the highest understanding and accessibility of the text, and then allow them to apply the knowledge, experience and concepts. It has been instrumental for me to gage and gear my lesson plans and overall instruction for the year. Thank you.
Very valuable to spend tine actually determining Tier 1 and 2 vocabulary words -- will definitely help in designing lesson plans.
Learning how to use lexile.com with scrubbed text was much easier then I thought! I have a deeper understanding of how to identify which standards to address in specific texts. Thank you for a wonderful course!
There is so much to take it where do I start? First of all, learning about finding a passage and scrubbing it to find the lexile and then tying it with the standards was intense but helpful. Also linking the PARCC testing questions with the standards showed me how important it is to go back and forth between standards. From there the class was more manageable with vocabulary development (much more my thing). Once again, a great class!
Understanding the standards in a new way is extremely helpful. I think I have a better understanding of the goal behind close reading. I also learned about the different tiers of vocabulary, which will be useful to me as I begin close reading in my class. I feel like this class gave me all the foundation I will need to be successful in learning how to implement in part B.
It was helpful to look at the passages in Appendix B and see how to use complex text in the classroom. I look forward to seeing more examples in the next few days as well.
This class helped integrate all these concepts for me - moved everything from abstract to concrete. I'm feeling more confident about analyzing text and using rigorous materials with all my kids. Thanks!
Looking at the practice PARCC got me thinking about how I can incorporate more writer's response into my reading time. I learned a lot from the others teachers as we examined a passage from Appendix B and applied the standards. I especially enjoyed the sample lesson with Words Free as Confetti.
These two days have really helped solidify what the common core standards mean by complex text. I have learned so much! I have a much better understanding of the reading standards and feel more motivated to delve into all the rest. Thanks so much!
I really enjoyed the discussion on "Words Free as Confetti" and seeing what a lesson looks like for students. It was great to see how you structure the lessons, the language used, and how standards are addressed through questioning.
I have a better understanding of the "text complexity." I am excited to start a new school year with the information I received from this class. Thanks for a wonderful class.
This class has taught me to be more comfortable selecting complex text as well as reading closely with my students. I am thankful for the practice to become more familiar understanding what questions meet which standards. This activity helped guide me to create my own questions and be more mindful about hitting multiple strategies at once. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us over the past two days (and good luck with the move!).
Hmmm... I am happy that I do not need to let others steer my choice in text as I am now able to assess the text complexity on my own and I can argue logically for my choices.
As an individual, this course enlightened me to view all text on a deeper level. As a community member, this course reminded me of the importance/value of thinking beyond my four walls. As a teacher, this course gave me a solid starting spot to embark on a rewarding adventure through approaching text in a much more global mindset.
This course helped me to see texts differently, I loved the fact that we can use the same text in many enrichment ways. The example that you gave us with the poem was wonderful! we need to be more intentional in choosing books.
My intervention groups will look different in the fall. Instead of using leveled text at the instructional level on a daily basis, I will be teaching my students to access complex text.
These past 2 days have helped me really understand about Common Core Standards. I liked the fact that there are only 10 Anchor Standards per content area, which are very logical. It was fascinating to look at the PARCC assessment in a different way as well as looking at vocabulary in different categories. Thank you so much for all of the valuable information.