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  1. Professional Learning Community Creating Effective Assessments for Strings Creating Effective Assessments for Strings Professional Learning Community Dottie Ladman & Rhonda Neely Lincoln Public Schools: Lincoln, Nebraska Dottie Ladman & Rhonda Neely Lincoln Public Schools: Lincoln, Nebraska American String Teachers Association 2014 National Conference March 7, 2014 American String Teachers Association 2014 National Conference March 7, 2014

  2. AGENDA

  3. “Behind every PLC is a veteran teacher rolling his eyes.”

  4. Profile

  5. LPS Elementary String Program 1500 15 of instruments for rent or fee waiver elementary string students elementary string teachers 15 to 100+ students per school School Inventory

  6. LPS Elementary String Program Begin in 4th Grade Small Group Instruction Orchestras 4th (some) 5th (all) • “Essential Elements 2000 for Strings” vol. 1 & 2

  7. Challenges • School district size: nearly 38K students • Socioeconomic populations between schools • Pulling students for small group lessons • Computerized classroom testing • Differing class size/classroom space • Time to reteach students • Different teaching styles

  8. Process

  9. Establish Norms On Time Be Prepared Fully Present Respect Opinions Actively Engaged One Person Speaks Keep Meeting Moving No Bird Walking Support Decisions Honor Confidentiality

  10. Identify Essential Outcomes Posture/ Position Rhythm Note Names

  11. (4th grade beginners) Create Assessments Note Names/Fingerings • D major scale • No key signature Rhythm Counting • Quarter notes • Eighth notes • Written • Traditional counting

  12. “Knowing what you want to accomplish is half the battle. The other half is the room full of fourth graders.”

  13. Assessment Examples

  14. (Beginners) Note Names and Fingerings • Beginning NNF has stayed the same since 2008

  15. (Version #1) Note Names and Fingerings 1st Try

  16. (Version #2) Note Names and Fingerings 2011 Only All lines start with 4 quarter notes Additional measure for all rhythms taught Challenge: too long and confusing for some students

  17. (Version #3) Note Names and Fingerings 2012 - 2014 Eliminated a measure Customized rhythm More manageable for beginners Teachers recording the playing tests

  18. Scoring Sheet

  19. (2nd Year) Bowing Assessment New essential outcome based on ASTA curriculum New district-implemented data gathering process Committee created examples Group decision on selected assessment tool

  20. Bowing Assessment - Scoring

  21. Sharing Teaching Strategies and Best Practices

  22. (Worksheet) Note Name Fingering One strip per week

  23. Note Words Higher order thinking Analyze visually, mentally

  24. (Worksheet) Traditional Counting Use after pretest

  25. (Worksheet) Rules for Counting

  26. (Worksheet) Counting / Performance New line each week at lessons Practice writing the counting, then playing

  27. 5th Grade Bowing Practice Same measures, different order

  28. Measuring Results - Data

  29. “The new data analysis software is here, Ms. Riggs. Could you send one of the third graders down to install it?”

  30. Results: Fingering # Students Avg Score

  31. Results: Note Names # Students Avg Score

  32. Results: Individual Students Growth from pre-test to post-test

  33. Results: Measuring Schools

  34. Data Gathering in Google Docs

  35. Thriving

  36. “We need to choose somebody to plan a little celebration. Did anyone here go to a party school?”

  37. “That’s who the principal thinks I am.”

  38. PLC Positives

  39. Our Team 15 Elementary String Specialists in Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln, NE

  40. Group Activity:Scoring Assessments

  41. Group Activity

  42. Resources

  43. Resources Website wp.lps.org/rneely/

  44. Resources • Dottie Ladman – dladman@lps.org • Rhonda Neely – rneely@lps.org • ASTA Curriculum Guide • Cartoons from The PLC at Work Cartoon Book by Martha F. Campbell • Essential Elements 2000 for Strings. Allen, M., Gillespie, R., and Tellejohn Hayes, P. • Renee Alexander, Alexander & Associates, dnralex@gmail.com -- PowerPoint designer

  45. LPS Administration Dr. Jane Stavem Associate Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Jadi Miller Director of Curriculum and Professional Development Dr. Raymond LowtherSupervisor of Music