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We analyzed student work (argument writing) comparing an on-demand essay written at the beginning of the year to a scaffolded essay written with instruction through lessons from our English 3D curriculum. We looked specifically at how students are presenting reasons in support of their claims and how they are supporting those reasons with relevant evidence or examples. We also examined how clearly students expressed the relationships between claims, reasons, and evidence. We noted that in the future, we need to record data on beginning of the year writing, so we can compare it to data collected during ongoing formative assessment. We also noted that we need to teach students how to report anecdotal evidence in support of their claims, since often they are asked to use experiential evidence for on-demand assessments like the AP exam.
Algebra II - We went over each of the released questions. We discussed ways to quickly review each question as we don't have much review time left. We talked about how to teach students to work backwards from the answers, eliminate wrong answers, etc. We figured out our pacing for Chapter 13 as well.
We had our Social Sciences "retreat" today and worked all day on creating common core performance tasks. We were successful at creating one performance task per quarter for eac of our non-AP preps: World Geography (2), World History (4), US History (4), Civics (2), Economics (2), PSychology (2), and Sociology (2). We are still working I just wanted to send this ASAP because I always forget
We discussed placement lists for AP and honors class lists. Christine will discuss "issues" with Joan Kevorkian and the counselors. We also discussed the standards of rigor for AP and honors science courses.
Music:We worked on finishing our common assessment for music theory, levels one and two. We talked about the level three assessments, and what steps we need to take in order to move forward with a plan to implement music theory levels 3-8, to include the ABRSM program. We are not sure which of the three high schools will offer AP music theory as a class, and our goal is to still move forward with teaching all levels of music theory and practical application so that with or without a class, students will still be ready to take the AP test during their senior year in high school.
We evaluated the swim unit progress and what the assessment could look like. We linked up with Seaside's Swim Club and got a copy of how they breakdown different levels of swimming. The goal is to incorporate different aspects of assessing the swimmers in are PE classes.
We discussed how we are putting our grade books together and checking for common assessments int hat format.
1. Worked on Spring Awards Night details 2. Planned instruction for STAR test work and initiated coordination with Marina High on their testing schedule, bus timelines etc...SFC Miller will be at JROTC training all week in Kentucky.
Parent-teacher conference scheduling using FileMaker Pro. Discussed approaches. Went over current scheduling process with Joan.