Okay Sherry, need your help....

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Okay Sherry, need your help....
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Sun, 09-10-2006 - 11:04am

Our parish is requiring that ALL middle school teachers complete 2 units this year...one each semester. This wouldn't have been a problem if I were teaching math because I did 7 really good units last year. But, I'm study skills this year, so this poses several problems.

One problem is that 2 days every week is devoted to CCC Lab (computer) and cannot be used to teach skills and 1 day every other week is for the library--can do a "mini-lesson" but not much time. Another problem is that I have to be at the other 6th grade teachers' beck-and-call.

I was able to do my first unit without much worry because I did it the 3rd & 4th week of school before we went to the CCC lab or the library and the curriculum coordinator gave 2 of the 3 of us (one at each grade level) the go-ahead to overrule anything else since this also serves as our 10-day unit for the state assessment program.

Now, I'm thinking ahead to my second unit, which I probably won't do until Jan, or maybe not until after testing in March. And this brings me to you: I was thinking of putting in a proposal to the curr. coord. for me to do a technology-type unit.

Here are the snags: I will probably only have 5 days to do it, and we HAVE to do a pre-test and a post-test, so that leaves 3 days of instruction. (I have to work around CCC lab, library, and probably won't be given permission to take more than 2 weeks (these 5 days) from the other teachers' needs.) I also can't test them on another subject area...I can't do a MATH unit or a SOCIAL STUDIES unit.

What type of technology instruction would you suggest that I could complete in 3 days? I think PowerPoint would take more time. I like the story/photo editor link you posted a month or so ago..do you think that could work? Maybe MS Word? (This is 6th grade, so maybe they could use help there.) I was thinking about a Webquest, and maybe if it's a COMPUTER information webquest, but not on a specific subject area.

If I book early enough, I'll be able to use the computer lab for all 3 days of instruction.

Thanks for your help!

Alysha


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Sun, 09-10-2006 - 5:47pm

I think I'm with you on this. Let me see


Do the assessments have to be objective, a Q&A pretest and then another final test, or can the pretest be more informal and the final test be rubric or checklist evaluated?


Are you to teach a subject but actually be developing and assessing

Sherry

 

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Sun, 09-10-2006 - 7:59pm

You are awesome, Sherry!

Okay, to answer your questions.

It has to be a written Q&A pre-test and an indentical or VERY similar post-test for this school board requirement. The state assessment unit could have been a synthesis project, but this one is focused on writing pre- & post-tests--Understanding by Design, using backwards design, etc etc. It is state-based, but not in relation to the teacher assessment program. They want to make sure that we can write pre- & post-tests. (I have 7 of them from last year, but they won't even consider them!)

CCC is drill & practice software and the CCC Lab Manager has to log 88 minutes per week for the students. We only go in 2 days per week. That gives 6 minutes per day to put backpacks down, log in, log out, get backpacks, and leave. So, maybe a maximum of 2 minutes???? That won't happen.

Library time is ONLY supposed to take 30 minutes to select books and check out, so we SHOULD have 20 minutes at that time to work on something, but it doesn't quite work that way...it takes longer to check the books out. The computer lab is right next to the library, so if I could find a way to make it work... (by then, I should feel a lot more comfortable moving students often around the school--last year, I went to the computer lab TWICE and outside once with the students).

Also, I don't HAVE to focus on study skills, I just can't legitimately grade them on something they will be graded on in another class.

But, I love your ideas so far and I will start to give them some serious thought. I'm bogged down right now by a bunch of other things coming up (personal and school-related), but I wanted to get this idea out to you while it was fresh in my head.

I knew you could come through for me. I'll keep you updated!

Alysha


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Sun, 09-10-2006 - 8:10pm

Glad to help. Just let me know when you have something in focus. Attach your plan or you can e-mail me too. My iVillage account

Sherry

 

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Sun, 09-10-2006 - 8:32pm

Will do! I probably won't pick up on this again until late Oct/Nov. (AFTER I am assessed...)

Alysha