Literacy Partner Meeting Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 Education Centre
Making ConnectionsKey Messages/Questions for Today's Learning 1. How is new knowledge created? and Why is SMART GOAL #1 our goal? 2. Looking at Level 4 responses to making connections questions.
Making ConnectionsKey Messages/Questions for Today's Learning 3. Anchor Charts – using the “What is an anchor chart?” poster. Making Student Thinking Visible • In Debbie Miller’s new book Teaching with Intention, she provides a good overview of why the above statement is important. • Page 61: In our anchor classroom, evidence of student thinking was everywhere; anchor charts, student responses, and quotes adorned the walls and boards making thinking public and permanent. The questions, quotes, ideas, and big understandings displayed throughout the room reflected the real voices of real kids. Why is making thinking visible and accessible in our classrooms an effective strategy for student learning? It lets students know that their thinking matters and it provides a visual reference of their thinking to support further learning. So what makes an anchor chart distinctive from other visuals found on bulletin boards and walls? • Look first at the definition of anchor: any device that keeps an object in place. • How this relates to anchor charts: they are devices that anchor student thinking. Then look at the features of a ‘true’ anchor chart: • an anchor chart is co-constructed with students (should feature student thinking) – it has meaning for the students because they participated in the construction • the anchor chart matches the learners’ developmental level • the anchor chart supports on-going learning (recent, relevant, referred to) Lastly, when looking at an anchor chart ask these questions: • Was it developed with students? • Was it posted for student access and use? • Is it a record of student thinking?
Making ConnectionsKey Messages/Questions for Today's Learning 4. What kind of questions elicit higher level thinking (both in oral and written response)?
Making ConnectionsKey Messages/Questions for Today's 5. Learning Analysis of Students' Performance on 2008 EQAO Over the last few years, scorers have noted increasing student use of formulas to improve the quality of answers to open-response reading questions. Most of these formulas help the students to construct answers that use words from the question, respond to the questions, provide proof from the text and make a personal connection in conclusion. Scorers have noted that many students have learned these formulas but apply them mechanically (i.e., with little relationship to the text or the question asked). These mechanical answers usually earn a Code 10 or 20 rather than a 30 or 40.
Making ConnectionsKey Messages/Questions for Today's Learning Lastly: Where do we go from here? (sharing and synthesizing )
Breakout Sessions • Heather and Cassandra Windsor’s groups – Board Committee Room • Karen Maynes and Cassandra Bellwood’s groups – Board Room • Jane and Nancy’s groups – Board Room • Karen Dinsmore and Lynda’s groups - Board Room
Synthesizing Question What key learnings from our breakout session do we feel are important to share with the other LP Learning Team groups? reporter to share key learning/understandings