Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Write routinely over extended time frames time for research, reflection, and revision and shorter time frames a single sitting or a day or two for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. Note on range and content in student writing To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events.
Team work boosts student learning and professional community By Thomas M. Van Soelen A team of kindergarten teachers in rural Georgia dig deeply into student work and standards to build a common understanding of writing expectations.
As the kindergarten team left the room, I pondered their query: Over the years, he had studied such teams deeply and spent much time training his staff on the process, slowly working the concept into the fabric of High Shoals.
The kindergarten team at this rural school participated in the data collection and analysis but hesitated to use anything except clear-cut, quantitative often mathematics scores to create flexible groupings of students for instruction. But when Measures of Academic Progress scores from fall indicated writing was the weakest area for the new crop of kindergarten students, the kindergarten teachers were united in their desire to address this area and decided to use the data team cycle to chronicle their work.
District leaders created their own rubric for kindergarten after deeming the Georgia Common Core reporting standards too minimal. However, as the High Shoals kindergarten team considered the district rubric, they were dissatisfied on two counts: The rubric appeared to prioritize mechanics more than ideas, and the rigor did not reach the higher levels of writing historically achieved in their kindergarten classrooms.
The team reached these conclusions after different teachers examined and rated student work multiple times by using the rubric. For Heaton, the district rubric represented a larger problem: It was designed for adult use, not students.
His reading of Arter and Chappuis and Hattie convinced him that student self-assessment and related goal setting produced higher student learning and are integral to high-performance cultures.
Additionally, having teachers simply look at data about student learning was inadequate because it was not leading to instructional changes. That meant the kindergarten team would have to create something accessible to 5- and 6-year-olds and useful for their teachers.
Getting it going To begin, each of the five kindergarten teachers gave students a cold writing prompt: They obscured names, replacing them with alphabetic identifiers such as A, B, C, etc.
Next, they ranked each of the 23 writing samples instead of rating them. This meant each teacher would create a pile of writing from most skilled to least skilled. Each writing sample had to include at least one sticky note that said which writing characteristics made it more skilled than the one ranked directly beneath.
Ranking provided several important outcomes for this collaborative team. Although they had previously shared student work, the district rubric had permeated their conversations, stunting dialogue about the finer points of student writing and how to foster those writing behaviors.
The district rubric also provided cover in their conversations with each other. With a four-point scale, two teachers could easily to be on opposite edges of a single scoring cell.Find anchor papers lesson plans and teaching resources.
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