As we go forward with our new PLCs, there will be an adjustment period as everyone begins to use the new documentation process. We have tried to keep it as simple, yet meaningful, as possible. As discussed in our PLC meetings in November, we have seen progress over the last few years in several areas. However, we must always move toward improvement. Many of our students are lacking basic skills and those that are mastering standards deserve to be accelerated.
As you discuss the four PLC questions each week, be specific with your documentation.
1. What do we want students to learn? What standard/skill/behavior will you be working on? Have you shared with the students what your expectations are? If so, explain how that was done.
2. How will we know when students have learned? What assessment, formative or summative, was given? If you have an upcoming assessment, decide as a group what common formative could be given to measure their current knowledge so results can be brought to the table in subsequent meetings. Be specific...what question or problem will you ask and when?
3. How will we respond when students haven't learned? How are individual students receiving remediation for their specific struggles? Whole group reteaching is not the answer unless everyone in that group was not successful. Asking students to make test corrections without further instruction will not help that student. And, many of our students cannot stay for after school tutoring. We must think outside the box and try something different. Several groups have found some success in this area so reach out to your peers and ask what they are doing (Geometry peeps).
4. How will we respond when students have learned? Moving faster is not acceleration! Regardless of whether you are teaching an Inclusion class or an Honors class, the standards and pacing are the same. Challenge the students with a higher level of difficulty. Our data shows very clearly that we have few students scoring at an advanced level. Ensure that students are being given the opportunity to demonstrate full knowledge expected from the standards at levels that would be considered advanced. Is peer teaching helping these students move to the next level? Try something different. Examples would be real-world application, writing, predicting, debating, or error analysis.
For those of you who do not have peers teaching the same content, your meetings may focus on similar skills or behaviors. Are students demonstrating difficulty with transitions, struggling with completing work, or unable to stay focused for long periods of time? What instructional strategies can you try as a collective group?
The goal for all PLCs is to work on student improvement collectively, identifying areas of concern, gathering and analyzing data, and learning from each other.
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Have a great weekend!
Senior Pep Rally on Friday! Students will be called beginning at 9am. We will be on an AM Activity Schedule.
SRI testing begins this week!
The test for all students will be administered by the ELA department. The schedule for testing is below. If you know or have students that are only here for part of the day, please remind them to schedule a time to take the SRI this week.
Student scores by grade level will be sent to everyone at the conclusion of the testing period and makeups. You will also receive a spreadsheet to document student scores for your Intervention period, which will be explained during this week's Faculty meeting.
(The schedule is also posted on the Dates to Know page for future reference.)
Students may access the Murray County wifi using the following information:
A special welcome to our new staff members this year! Please reach out and introduce yourselves to the following MCHS additions:
Kelly Keown - Front Office secretary Lori Arnold - 9th/10th grade Counselor
Willie Bryant - Math Heather Ridley - Science
Justin "Jug" Smith - Social Studies Catie Worsham - Fine Arts (Guitar)
Brittany Ross - CTAE (Healthcare) Tyson Blassingame (Occ.Safety/Metals)
Alannah Clayton - ESS Katelyn Poole - ESS
Mary Christian - ESOL
We are so glad you are here!
It's that time of year...HANG ON!!
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