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MAY 2017


Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • May 3 - A Day with the PSC
  • May 4 - Math Instructional Strategies with ETAHand2Mind Grades K-2
  • May 4 - Math Instructional Strategies with ETAHand2Mind Grades 3-5
  • May 8 - Teaching Children of Poverty: Harnessing the Power of Changing Brains with Dr. John Almarode Grades K-5
  • May 9 - Teaching Children of Poverty: Harnessing the Power of Changing Brains with Dr. John Almarode Grades Grades 6-12


    To register for courses, please click here.

the Teacher's Voice


Stacks of papers and lost assignments filled the classroom before Google! Now students can find the majority of their assignments on Google Classroom where it’s labeled “Done” or “Returned”, allowing them to check their score. Teachers can easily assess assignments from any computer, give feedback, and analyze data to restructure assignments as needed. Students can move effortlessly from one assignment to another without disturbing teacher group or shuffling through materials.

We are Amanda Sandifer and Stephanie Goldman, fourth grade team teachers at Lincoln County Elementary School who have gone 1:1 with Chromebooks and G Suite for Education. Amanda teaches math and science, and I teach language arts and social studies. Throughout this school year, we have used technology to improve our students’ learning in our workshop style classrooms.

Specifically, we have found many ways to use Google Forms. You may be familiar with its self-grading quiz feature, but the uses do not stop there! We will highlight a few of our favorite uses in this article and hope that you will see something that you can immediately implement in your classroom.

Task Card Check:

Task cards are a great tool to reinforce skills in math. Many have QR codes for students to check their answers, but what about the cards that aren’t self-checking? Writing the answers on an answer document, collecting the papers, scoring them, and handing them back takes too long and often wastes valuable teaching or planning time. I created a Google Form with text validation that allows students to receive immediate feedback. I simply created a Form with no questions, just numbers that match the task cards, then set the answer to be short answer and choose text validation. Whatever is typed in the validation box is the only acceptable answer. The answer box stays red and has an error message until the students solve the problem correctly.

Video Remediation:

It seems like with each new skill addressed in math, the list of students who need remediation grows. Although teacher group took priority, my sense of control often made me frustrated with independent assignments that took too long to grade. Remediation videos inserted into Google Forms has made independent and review stations much more manageable and effective.

After working on place value the first few weeks of school, I wanted to assess what students knew while giving them an opportunity to fix any mistakes they were making. I started the Google Form with a multiple choice question. If the students answered correctly, the form took them to 10 more questions. If the first answer was incorrect, the form sent them to a YouTube instructional video and they weren’t able to finish the form.

At the end of stations, I was able to quickly get a list of students who didn’t finish the form and therefore needed help. They were able to get more instruction before moving on and didn’t spend station time doing the assignment incorrectly, which is often hard to “unteach.”

Self-paced, Differentiated ELA Assignments:

With heterogeneously grouped homerooms, our students’ needs in language arts are extremely varied. In the past, I found that when learning and practicing ELA skills, some students “got it” quickly while others struggled. Students who “got it” would be monotonously practicing the skill they already mastered, sometimes to boredom.

Now, with Google Forms paired with Google Docs, YouTube, and IXL.com, my students are able to practice and master those standards at their own pace. At the beginning of each nine weeks, I choose five language arts focus standards. I usually spend the first week of the nine weeks introducing one standard each day. After these whole group mini-lessons, students begin working independently on these five standards.
To organize this self-paced study, I create a document for each standard. In this document, I include “Learn”, “Practice”, and “Assessment” sections. The “Learn” section includes links to YouTube videos of songs and short teaching videos. The “Practice” section includes IXL.com ELA practice assignments. Students work through these 4 to 5 assignments and must make a 90 or higher before moving on to the next IXL assignment.

Once all IXL assignments have been completed, the student can move on to the “Assessment” section, which consists of a link to a Google Form that is the student’s graded assessment on that standard. Once the Form is completed, the results are immediately graded using the “Quiz” feature in forms and students get immediate feedback. I also get an email that the student has taken the form, and if they were successful with their quiz, they move on to their next language arts standard. (Picture below: A screenshot of the Google Forms quiz using questions from IXL.com.)

I use Google Classroom to “push out” these documents at the beginning of each nine weeks. The document for each of the five standards will appear in their Classroom stream. They each get a copy of each Doc, so they can highlight which IXL assignments they have finished. The next day, there is no question where they need to begin their practice. In addition, once they finish each standard by passing the quiz, they can “Submit” the Doc, and I have a quick picture in Google Classroom of who is finished with which standard. This is great for pulling groups for remediation on each standard.

When students finish their assigned five standards, they receive an acceleration Doc that they could use to guide their next practice. Using Google Forms and Docs was a great way to differentiate and provide immediate remediation and acceleration in language arts!

Other Uses:

These are just a few of the ways we have used Google Forms this year, and this is just scratching the surface. To learn about more uses, here is a link to a presentation we did at Augusta University’s ISL conference. You should be able to make a copy of the presentation, which also includes copy links to our Google Forms so you can modify them for your own needs. Please feel free to contact Amanda at asandifer@lcboe.us with questions about math and science uses and Stephanie at sgoldman@lcboe.us with questions about language arts, reading, and social studies. We look forward to hearing from you!

For additional ideas which include Reading Comprehension and Differentiation, please click here to read more...


Social Studies Updates

CSRA RESA is hosting a Social Studies Camp for the new GSE and Inquiry-Based Learning:
  • June 19th-20th - K-5
  • June 21st-22nd - 6-12
  • June 23rd - an optional work day for those who would like to continue working.
  • To Register, Click here.


GADOE
is hosting a Social Studies training for Inquiry-Based Learning:


July is the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area's Teacher Appreciation Month:
  • Educators can come with a guest of their choice and tour the museum and ride on the canal at no charge during the month of July!
  • Educators are asked to present a school badge, name tag, or ID Card at the canal's Discovery Center ticket desk (1450 Greene Street).
  • Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 706-823-0440, Extension #4


Math Updates

GCTM Summer Academy

This summer, GCTM is planning presentations that will highlight the effective teaching strategies for the mathematics classroom, include engaging, higher order thinking tasks for each grade-band, and focus on meeting the needs of ALL students.

The cost for this 2-day workshop is $120 for non-members and $90 for GCTM members. They will be hosting academies at four different locations throughout the state. The dates and locations are:

  • June 13 - 14th - Albany High School in Dougherty County
  • June 20 - 21st - Statesboro High School in Bulloch County
  • June 27 - 28th - Allatoona High School in Cobb County
  • July 11- 12th - Morgan County High School in Morgan County

To register, Click here.

E-mail questions to academies@gctm.org

ALL SMILES AT GROWING READERS
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MAY 1, 2017
Spotlight on Literacy Lessons
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Literacy Library page at
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