What does a Good Question do?

I was at a workshop last week that provided me with some food for thought.  Nothing new, nothing earth shattering, but just some gentle reminders.  So, I thought I would share.

What does a good question do?

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Marzano’s Super Seven Elements

Good Afternoon–  There is research showing that seven elements in Domain One have the greatest impact on student achievement.  They are:

Element 6:  Identifying Critical Content

Element 11:  Elaborating on New Information

Element 12:  Recording and Representing Knowledge

Element 17:  Examining Similarities and Differences

Element 18:  Examining Errors in Reasoning

Element 20:  Revising Knowledge

Element 22:  Engaging Students in Cognitively Complex tasks involving Hypothesis generation and testing.

I came across a resource that I hope you may find useful.  It is a bit lengthy, but if you chunk it into digestible bites (element 9) it provides us with some recommendations for classroom practices.

http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/ospa/ospa-central2/_sip_plan_evidence/2017/0581_01122016_Marzano-Super-7.pdf

Hope you find this helpful!

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Conference on Proficiency-Based Instruction

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Maine Robotics: First Lego League

Dear educators,

Maine Robotics is pleased to offer the 18th year of the FIRST® LEGO® League program in Maine again this year.  We are expecting around 100 teams of students from all over the state to participate in this year’s challenge:
This year’s theme:
RESEARCH

Teams of children, ages 9 to 14, will be learning all about the human water cycle; doing research; thinking about solutions to today’s water challenges; and presenting their research and findings at the competitions.

ENGINEERING AND PROGRAMMING
The same teams must also build and program working LEGO robots to compete on this year’s playing field.  Each mission on the field is related to humans collecting, filtering, recycling, storing, using, or disposing of water.
The FIRST LEGO League is running in over 80 countries this year and there are over 27,000 teams world wide.
GETTING STARTED
Maine Robotics has webinars to answer your questions about the program on:
We also have 1-day workshops set up for in-depth introduction to the LEGO MindStorms hardware and software.
  • Falmouth, September 28th, 8:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Bangor, October 5th, 9:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Machias, October 12th, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • $45/participant.
  • CEUs are available
  • https://mainerobotics.coursestorm.com/ for more information or to register
Teams come from in-school programs; after-school programs; neighborhood groups; civic organizations; churches; youth programs; even families.  This is an awesome motivator for youth in your area and it is an accessible program to get them started on STEM/STEM-C/STEAM activities.
Maine Robotics will help in any way we can to help you get started.  We’ll answer phone calls; emails; video calls, whatever.  You just have to ask.
To find out more about this international program, visit
Hope to see you at one of the qualifying tournaments in November and at the State Championship in December at the Augusta Civic Center.
Tom

Thomas Bickford
Executive Director
Maine Robotics
30 Main Street, #1
Orono, ME 04473
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Seven Things Effective Teachers Do EVERY Day

  1. Effective teachers prepare, prepare, prepare. Their lesson plans are detailed. They never wing it. You never hear an effective teacher claiming that he/she doesn’t need lesson plans. And you never see an effective teacher using the same plans over and over, year after year.
  2. Effective teachers treat every student with respect and dignity, every day. No matter how the student acts, effective teachers remain professional, realizing they are the adults in the classroom. No one is ever treated in a disrespectful or undignified manner by an effective teacher.
  3. Effective teachers smile—a lot. They know that students are in need of positive role models. They greet their students every day—making their classrooms feel welcoming and inviting. They smile during conversations with students. And they smile often while teaching. They convince their students that there is no place they’d rather be than in the classroom, teaching, every single day.
  4. Effective teachers are good actors. No one always feels happy. No one always feels professional. No one loves every moment of every teaching day. Effective teachers simply use their acting skills to appear as though they do! They don’t allow their personal moods or problems to spill into their professional lives.
  5. Effective teachers remain calm and composed, especially in tough situations. They draw on those acting skills just mentioned. They realize that when conflict meets calm, it is more effectively resolved. Therefore, the more out of control a student is, the more in control the teacher must be.
  6. Effective teachers have clear rules and procedures, and they adhere to these every day. They are consistent. The students know what to expect, and the parents know what to expect—so there are rarely any surprises. When people know what it is you expect, they are much more likely to do what it is that you expect them to do. Period.
  7. Effective teachers teach from bell to bell. There are no “lulls” in their classrooms—times when students find themselves with nothing to do. Idle time invites misbehavior. In the classrooms of effective teachers, it is difficult for students to even find time to misbehave. The teacher keeps the students so engaged that the class is over before they know it!

© Taylor & Francis 2015

BONUS Seven! 147

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Fall SAT Workshops

Workshops to support SAT

Annual Fall Counselor Workshops, Presented by the College Board

The College Board will present Annual Fall Counselor Workshop in five locations. These sessions will focus on enhancements to programs and changes to protocols in ordering and administering the SAT Suite of Assessments. Sessions begin at 8:30 and will end at 11:00.

Date

Site

City

Registration

Sept.12

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle

UMPI

Sept. 13

University of Southern Maine

Portland

USM

Sept. 19

Husson University

Bangor

HUSSON

Sept. 20

University of Maine Farmington

Farmington

UMF

Sept. 26

Thomas College

Waterville

THOMAS

Do More With Your SAT Scores! Presented by The Maine Department of Education and College Board

Making meaning of assessment data is a critical component of providing support for teachers, for students, and for families. Perhaps the most powerful tool available to teachers is the Question Analysis tool. This digital tool includes every question on the annual common form and allows sorting by a variety of options. In this session, we will explore methods of making effective use of the College Board’s Assessment Reporting for K12 Educators. Sessions will begin at noon and end at 2:30. Please plan lunch on your own as lunch will not be provided.

You will need a user name and password for the K12 Score Reports portal at College Board. (Please note that you must register even if you have already registered for the morning session)

Date

Site

City

Registration

Sept.12

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle

UMPI

Sept. 13

University of Southern Maine

Portland

USM

Sept. 19

Husson University

Bangor

HUSSON

Sept. 26

Thomas College

Waterville

THOMAS

SAT: Standards, Instruction, and Responding to SAT Data

During full day workshops, teachers will take a deep dive into either ELA (Evidence-based Reading and Writing along with the essay) or math to better understand how the SAT measures our learning standards, how to use data from the SAT results to inform instruction, and what instructional moves reflect the deeper learning necessary to demonstrate achievement on the Updated SAT. Participants in this day-long workshop will learn about the updated SAT and how to use the system of supports to benefit student learning and teacher instructional strategies.

  •   The ELA (ERW) session will include strategies for identifying instructional priorities based on data, a deeper understanding of the standards and how they are assessed, and an exploration of essay data and instructional strategies for on-demand writing.
  •   The participants in the math session will identify common errors and misconceptions in student responses and will experience instructional strategies to support student learning.Participants will have to register for either ELA or math sessions for the full day. Schools are encouraged to send teams consisting of content teacher leaders at grades 9/10 and 11/12 as well as a building administrator or curriculum coordinator.

    Please note that you will have to enter each person separately.

Date

Site

City

Registration

10/17/2017

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington

UMF

10/18/2017

University of Southern Maine

Portland

USM

10/20/2017

Black Bear Inn & Conference Center

Orono

BLACK BEAR INN

11/14/2017

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle

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Professional Development Opportunity

Greetings from the Maine DOE!
 
The ELA Formative Assessment Network will again be offering professional learning for PK-5 educators during the 2017-18 school year.  This opportunity provides educators with 3 full days of professional learning related to the use of formative assessment practices that lead to intentional teaching and improved student learning.  If you are interested in this opportunity, review the attached description and register using the appropriate link for the location at which you plan to attend. 
 
If you attended this series last year, we encourage you to attend again this year.  Sessions have been developed to extend learning begun last year. Returning participants may opt to attend all sessions or just attend sessions 2 and 3 at a reduced cost.  The “Returning Participant” option is clearly noted in the registration system.
 
Please note that the Maine DOE is shifting to a new registration system.  The system provides automatic notification of registration as well as payment.  Be sure to enter your correct email in the system when you register.  Additionally, the system is currently set up to accept credit card payments.  We strongly encourage the use of this payment method.  Educators should work with their schools systems to use District credit cards or to obtain reimbursement for use of personal credit cards.  If a participant is unable to use a credit card for payment, please contactCarole.King@maine.gov for instructions about how to proceed. 
 
If you have other questions about this professional learning opportunity, please don’t hesitate to contact leeann.larsen@maine.gov
 
Looking forward to another great round of professional learning,
Lee Anne
 
 
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Literacy Specialist
Kennebec Valley Regional Representative
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
207-624-6628

 

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