Facilitated by Sherry Crofut
This Week’s Agenda
Never Work Harder Than Your Students
Chapters One and Two
Student Friendly Learning Goals
Start Where Your Students Are
These are the students you have
Parents aren’t keeping the “good” ones at
they send you the best they have
Recognize what existing knowledge
students have about the topic, then create
Help Students Spend Their
Help Students Acquire New
Predictors of Success
Beyond the SAT
A Framework for Understanding
by Ruby Payne
Hidden Rules/Mental Models
If I look through a DEFICIT LENS, I am likely to…
Look for deficits
Take control or rescue
Focus on problems
See the family as incapable
Wait for the finished product
See service providers as experts
Expect inaction or failure
Deflate family’s hope
If I look through a RESOURCE LENS, I am likely to…
Look for the good
Focus on strengths
Put the responsibility on the family
See the family as experts
See the family invested in change
Help identify resources
Inspire with hope
What is a Strength?
How do you build a classroom
What are some of your classroom’s
characteristics or structures that allow
students to spend their currency or to
acquire new currencies?
Stages of Standards
From Content Standards
to Big Ideas
The Goldilocks Theory
• Some standards are too big,
• Some standards are too small,
• Some standards are just right!
Clarifying Content Priorities
Making Learning Goals Concrete
1. Students will write for a
variety of purposes.
2. Students will think like
3. Students will complete a
1. Students will write to explain, to
inform, and to persuade.
2. Students will apply the scientific
method to solve a problem.
3. Students will
1. Select a topic of interest.
2. Brainstorm ideas for research.
3. Narrow those ideas.
4. Find existing information on
5. Use the existing information to
support an idea.
6. Share this information in an
OF and FOR Assessment
Assessment OF Learning
How much have students learned
as of a at a particular point in time?
Assessment FOR Learning
How can we use assessments
to help us with instruction so students
Which is Which?
It isn’t the method that
whether the assessment
is summative or formative…
it is how the results
Create your own graphic organizer
for something you will be teaching
You may use one of the free online
tools I have listed or work it
through in your own way.
• Jackson provides a sample unit template on
her website. Take a unit that you already
teach and use it as the basis for completing
• Collaborate with a partner if you can!
• Post your “new” unit in the wiki.