Math Dept Professional Learning Community Weekly Agendas/Minutes

Common Core Standards

Recorders fill out this form electronically, send back to PLC members and Bridget.

Rotator/Facilitator Schedule

Aug 12, 2010 Inservice Collaborative Product

Algebra 1 Essential Skills

Math Students of the Month

Since Oct 6, 2010 - our weekly minutes are google documents.


Agenda for October 6, 2010

Facilitator: HopeRecorder: Tanya
  • John Schauer guest speaker on EED assessment
  • Bring laptops
PLC Cal Test Online Assessment notes



Oct 1 District PLC with Jeff Overlie & Learning Targets

Creating and utilizing common assessments that both monitor and promote student learning.
  • What is it we expect our students to learn? Essential Learnings and Learning Targets
  • How will we know when they have learned it? Formative and common assessment, data anaylsis
  • How will we respond when they don't learn? Intervention, assessments, student goals, students do item analysis of strengths and weaknesses, data analysis
  • How will we respond when they already know it? Provide extensions of the learning targets - stretch, foreshadow



District secondary math teachers collaborated on an activity that bridged algebra 1 essential learnings to the district algebra 1 curriculum, 9th grade GLEs, and the district algebra 1 first semester common assessment.

Samantha’s original plan
1) Assign groups to the different essential learnings from Algebra 1 (dev on August 12)
2) Deconstruct the essential learnings
3) Ask teachers to look at a couple of learning targets for that particular essential learning (2 or 3 at the most)
4) Write assessments for those learning targets
5) Share out to the whole group
6) Collect them and share with all the math teachers
BE
  • Have been looking at 10 important issues questions
  • School Survey
  • Samantha attended; technology
Lathrop
  • Readdressed norms
  • Freshman intervention modeled after English dept
  • Common assessment for first quarter algebra 1
  • School improvement plan SBA results
  • PLC evaluation rubric form
Hutch
  • Scheduling issues looked at SBA per student
  • EL – one person teaching a class, need other school input
  • Formative assessment – student names on Popsicle sticks
  • Samantha presented lesson differentiation
North Pole
  • Revisited group norms
  • Initiated a rotating facilitator/recorder schedule
  • Technology - Mangahigh
  • Samantha presented examples of geometry EL
  • Geometry EL – need explicitly entrance requirements into classes, only teaching geo/trig
  • Monthly meeting for teaching same subject
  • Completed PLC district self-assessment rubric
WV
  • Assessment – focus on student learning, deemphasizing homework for points, still assigning homework, not necessarily grading it for as many points in the past
  • All math teachers are using concept quizzes, 2-4 question formative assessment
  • Have found this strategy valuable in assessing what students have learned
  • Have taken out the fluff piece of the grade, be in more charge of individual learning


Minutes Sept 29, 2010

Facilitator: Erin
Recorder: Hope
All present
Everyone handed back their survey to Teresa for Oct. 1
Looked at essential learnings from previous week
  • -Boulder Valley seemed to be the best
  • - the rest looked like they came from a textbook
  • -we could use BV as a base to write NPH’s
Geometry-
  • When students need help, remind them of Wednesday morning in the library for tutoring
  • Possible solutions to tutoring?
  • -College kids
  • -High school students
Geometry vs Geo/Trig
  • Will we have to change?
  • We found out that the amount of sections we had previous to this year, was similar to the other high schools
  • What do we do?
  • Quick discussion on educational reform
  • Robyn- Sped kids not doing well in Geo/Trig
  • Need prerequisite for Geometry
  • -Collins has a class like this
  • Ann will follow up with this to see how this works
What is the plan for resource kids after Alg I?
  • Eric Wall is math certified; Teresa will check on this
Robyn- White boards
  • Found them in a catalog; doesn’t know quality or if flexible or hard; $125/30; come with
  • Markers and wipes
  • Matthew-could use shower board w/edge molding
  • -could laminate graph paper
  • Teresa will ask for money for white boards
Oct 1- bring computer
  • Teresa will bring chocolate
  • will listen to Jeff Overlie about learning targets
  • We will identify 3 targets for 1 essential learning
  • Collectively come up with one
Alg 1 final-
  • Is shorter so be prepared to come up with more if needed

Do we need prerequisites for 1.5?
  • No, Tanya feels kids sorted well, nothing to be done at this time
  • Alg II F’s for Sem 1 will go to 1.5
  • Let counselors know electives are not going backwards
HW-
  • Need class sizes per period-email Teresa
  • Next week come back w/ideas for Geometry essential learnings
Next week:
John Schauer and assessments
Bring laptops
Talk about breakout groups-Robyn

Agenda Sept 29, 2010

Facilitator: Erin
Recorder: Hope

Assessments
Essential learning for all classes – pre requisite – info from Samantha
PLC – copy turn in and bring back
Math Dept PLC Self-Assessment

Minutes from Sept 22, 2010
Facilitator: Robyn Atkins
Recorder: Erin Richgels

Attendance
All present
Guests: Dustin (student teacher) and Samantha Wuttig
  1. Work Keys will be taken by all Juniors on Nov 4th from 8 – 12
§ This is a state wide testing day
§ A sample WorkKeys assessment is on the wiki
§ Start selling to junior classes
§ The eed website good stuff on workkeys
  1. Complete the survey that was given to you by Bridget. Photo copy it before you hand it in and back the copy with you next week so Theresa can have the information for next weeks inservice.
  2. Samantha Wuttig
§ Summary of what other schools are working on:
Lathrop working an Algebra
Eielson ??
West Valley – The department is giving homework but not grading the homework. They are giving short concept quizzes daily.
Hutchinson – looking at data, Possibly - SBA’s, Mid-quarters??
§ Integrated Algebra – most schools do two years. We will look at data to see how many students go from integrated to algebra, and fail algebra I.
§ Samantha showed essential learning from Boulder Valley course syllabus(the most popular among the group), and other sources. We will all
receive a copy of the examples we looked at from Samantha.
§ The math curriculum will be up for review in two years.
§ Samantha will ask other schools about sections of geometry vs geo/trig and see how they are placing students in each class.
  1. Will Algebra 1.5 vs Algebra 2 turn into a problem like geometry and geo/trig? Algebra 1.5 is not NCAA accredited, this could be a problem???
  2. How are teachers using manga high for a grade?
§ Ann – log sheet ‘bluff’ really grades as participation points
Set number of challenges, then they can play the games
Excuse a student who is gone
§ Theresa – Columns in grade book - gold, silvers, bronze
Logged in as students to find out how many medals they have
Counted as bonus points in the test category
Gold – 7
Silver –
Bronze -
Homework
  • Complete the survey individually, turn into Brigit and bring back next week.
  • Look over e-mail from Samantha and bring those back next week.
Next week
Assessments
Essential learning for all classes – pre requisite – info from Samantha
PLC – copy turn in and bring back
John Schauer will actually not be at plc next week he will be at PLC the following week to show us how to do the online assessments from the eed website.



Agenda
Sept 22, 2010
Facilitator: Robyn Atkins
Recorder: Erin Richgels

Attendance
Guests: Samantha Wuttig
Samantha Wuttig presentation





Discussion of Geometry Essential Learnings
Anyone want to email specific thoughts to me and I will put them in so we can stay on track better?


Old Business
1. Mangahigh.com
a. Account increased to 800
b. More discussion of inclusion in grading
2. Assessments
a. Check out http://www.kutasoftware.com/free.html
-Sign up for 15 day free trial to use software.
- Create formative assessments
-Print and save worksheets as PDF
3. Essential Learnings for all math courses
a. We need to create clear guidelines for student placement and counseling
-including course prerequisites
-Geometry needs to have strict entrance criteria
b. Assessments for entry into:
-Integrated Algebra or Alg. 1
-Geometry or Geo. Trig.
-Alg. 1.5 or Alg. 2
c. Will revisit Essential Leanings next PLC meeting


New Business
1. Essential Learnings (See Old Business)
a. Start with Geometry and Geo. Trig.
-guidelines
-prerequisites
-entrance assessment
-other???
2. Work Keys (November 4th Juniors in Library and Gym 8:00-12:00)
Work Keys Practice Math Test
Work Keys Math Level Characteristics
Occupations linked to Work Keys Skill Levels


3. PLC Rubric discussion...complete paperwork for Bridget.


Other
1.

http://www.brightstorm.com/math
This site has short math video clips for all levels of math. The geometry clips align well with the Key Curriculum geometry textbook. (Teresa)
2. Examples of formative assessments - frequent, short, quick feedback (Teresa)
From Kuta software
Multiple Choice Monday
Free Response Friday

Next Facilitator: Erin Richgels
Next Recorder: Hope Swoffer


Early out Sept 18th in Library with Bridget

Staff generated words from list six characteristics of a PLC

Discuss at Sept 22nd PLC math meeting.

Agenda
September 15
, 2010
Facilitator: Ann Ferree
Recorder: Robyn Atkins

Attendance
All present
Guests: Dustin (student teacher) and Bridget

Old Business
1. Mangahigh.com
a. Email Daniel Bauer for help setting up class lists or general questions.
daniel.bauer@mangahigh.com 1960- School ID

Copy student lists into magnahigh

Increase size of magnahigh account – now at 800 everyone should be able to put in students

Lessons are based on grade level and class type

Discussion of how to include in gradebook: (only two teachers grading currently)

TH -Points earned by meeting teacher’s challenges set at the beginning of the chapter/unit

AF- sign-off chart for in the lab - currently collecting data and deciding on grading


b. Training for the website is needed.
You-tube videos under “Link to you” at the bottom of the page
c. Could be an activity station for students during PLC.
2. Assessments
a. Check out
http://www.kutasoftware.com/free.html

-Sign up for 15 day free trial to use software.
- Create formative assessments
-Print and same worksheets as PDF
3. Essential Learnings for all math courses
a. We need to create clear guidelines for student placement and counseling
-including course prerequisites
-Geometry needs to have strict entrance criteria
b. Assessments for entry into:
-Integrated Algebra or Alg. 1
-Geometry or Geo. Trig.
-Alg. 1.5 or Alg. 2
c. Will revisit Essential Leanings next PLC meeting
New Business
1. Essential Learnings (See Old Business)
a. Start with Geometry and Geo. Trig.
-guidelines
-prerequisites
-entrance assessment
-other???
2. Work Keys (November)
Other
1.
2.
Samantha Wuttig will be presenting at the next meeting and we will be focusing on Geometry and Geo/Trig essential learnings and goals

Next Facilitator: Robyn Atkins
Next Recorder Erin Richgels



Agenda
Sept 8, 2010
  • Facilitator: Teresa
  • Recorder: Ann
  • Attendance
  • Read notes from last PLC meeting (library with Bridget)
Old Business:
  • Rotate Faciliator Recorder - see attachment, review and approve
  • Finalize group norms - see WV and our list of group norm attachments
  • Essential Learnings - reference Math PLC August 12 Inservice attachment
  • Spring 2010 goals -
  • daily post lesson objective
  • passing rate Algebra I and Geometry/Trig classes
  • give at least five practice SBA/HSQGE ( other classes SAT) questions weekly
  • (AP Math - MC Mondays and Free Response Fridays)
New Business:
  • Mangahigh.com update (this could be an activity station for students during PLC)
  • Free worksheets - http://www.kutasoftware.com/free.html (download 15 day free trial) exit slips, common assessment resource
  • Essential Learnings for Integrated Math, Geo/Trig, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus???

North Pole Math Department Group Norms

Facilitator Recorder Schedule

FNSBSD Math PLC notes

Wed, Sept 1, 2010
Staff met with Bridget in the library.


Mon May 17, 2010
All Present
  1. Smart Goal: 90% of Algebra 1 S1 will earn a final grade of D or better and 90% of Algebra 1 S2 will earn a final grade of D or better.
  2. 2010-2011 75% Algebra 1 S1 will earn final grade of C or better and 75% Algebra 1 S2 will earn final grade of C or better in addition to 2009-2010 Smart Goal.
  3. 2010-2011 Smart Goal Geo/Trig 90% of Geo/Trig S1 will earn a final grade of D or better, 75% will earn a C or better. The same for S2
Discuss in Fall
Prominently Post lesson objective every day
Weekly give 5 question SBA formative assessment
If teaching geo/trig, use HSGQE math reference sheets. Put these in notebooks. Use protractor and rulers.

Group Norms were established
  • Start and end on time
  • Do no grade papers
  • Respect each other
  • Listen to each other
  • Guests are invited
  • Group consensus needed for making decisions
  • Participate on wiki by using materials
  • Participate on wiki by adding materials
  • Participate on wiki by contributing to discussion threads


Wed April 14
All Present


Wed April 7
All Present


Wed March 31
All Present

The focus of the meeting addressed the highlighted chapters from Advancing Formative Assessment.

Advancing Formative Assessment
Ch1 Lay of the Land (Essential Elements of Formative Assessment)
Ch2 Leveling the Playing Field (Sharing Learning Targets and Criteria for Success)
Ch3 Shifting from Correcting to Informing (FEEDBACK that FEEDS Forward)
Ch4 Achieving More with Focus (Fostering Student Goal Setting)
Ch5 Helping Goal Setters become Active Goal Getters (Role of Student Self-Assessment)
Ch6 Enriching Classroom Discourse (Planning for and Asking for Strategic Questions)
Ch7 Value Critical Thinking and Inquiry (Engaging Students in asking Effective Questions)
Ch8 Create Culture of Intentional Learning (Taking Formative Assessment School Wide)

Teresa shared Mangahigh.com website link she began using with her algebra and geo/trig students. John has been communicating with Mangahigh.com for pricing and curriculum alignment questions.
Mangahigh.com

From March 29 email:
Everyone,
This is a very cool website. I plan to use this for HSGQE and SBA Review this week. It works much the same way that EED formative assessments work. The upgrade from the free BASIC school account includes an analysis toolkit. The software comes out of UK, so the spellings of some words are different, other words are used such as gradient instead of slope, but it appears to be very good. I'll give a training at our PLC this week. It is something everyone can use, appeals to students, provides immediate feedback to the student, accessible 24/7 by the student.
Teresa

Wed March 24
All Present

NPHS Home has link for HSGQE and SBA Practice Tests.
Use Twitter to communicate to students homework assignment.
50 Ways to Use Twitter in Classroom

Part of the meeting addressed the highlighted chapters.

Advancing Formative Assessment
Ch1 Lay of the Land (Essential Elements of Formative Assessment)
Ch2 Leveling the Playing Field (Sharing Learning Targets and Criteria for Success)
Ch3 Shifting from Correcting to Informing (FEEDBACK that FEEDS Forward)
Ch4 Achieving More with Focus (Fostering Student Goal Setting)
Ch5 Helping Goal Setters become Active Goal Getters (Role of Student Self-Assessment)
Ch6 Enriching Classroom Discourse (Planning for and Asking for Strategic Questions)
Ch7 Value Critical Thinking and Inquiry (Engaging Students in asking Effective Questions)
Ch8 Create Culture of Intentional Learning (Taking Formative Assessment School Wide)




Wed Mar 17
All Present
Teresa shares the six elements of formative assessment.
Math Assessment

Wed Mar 3
All Present
Read Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom

Six Elements of Formative Assessment

  1. Sharing Learning Targets and Criteria for Success
  2. Feedback that feeds Forward
  3. Student Goal Setting
  4. Student Self-Assessment
  5. Strategic Teacher Questioning
  6. Engaging Students in Asking Effective Question

PLC Conference Report


Wed Feb 24
PLC Conference Phoenix Arizona


Wed Feb 17




Wed Feb 10



Wed Feb 3

Probe, Diagnose, Respond
AP Professional Development Project
Formative Assessment Cycle Explained



Dan Kennedy on Assessment

Edutopia Article on PLCs

Wed Jan 27
Members present: Erin, Hope, Ann, Teresa, Tanya, Chuck



Wed Jan 20
Members present: Erin, Hope, Ann, Teresa, Tanya, Chuck, Lenny




Mon Jan 18 PLC Meeting
Members present: Erin, Hope, Ann, Teresa, Tanya, Chuck, Lenny
Master schedule 2010-2011
Discussed Geometry/Trig vs Geometry


Wed Jan 13 PLC Meeting
Members present: Erin, Hope, Ann, Teresa, Tanya, Chuck.
Action taken during meeting:

Agenda:
  • Integrated Algebra passing rate
  • Trailer Algebra passing rate
  • Algebra 1 passing rate
  • Geometry/Trig passing rate
  • Algebra 2 passing rate
  • Share student finals, examine student work, examine teacher grading



Friday Dec 11 PLC Meeting
Members present: Erin, Hope, Ann, Teresa, Lenny. Absent: Tanya and Chuck called in sick.
Action taken during meeting:
  1. Teresa reported we need to collect all our student textbooks and leave them on classroom desks. During break, textbooks will have bars inserted into them for computerized check-out. We will then re-issue textbooks after break.
  2. Ann wrote down Hope's Periods 1 and 4 will receive her non-graphing calculators for the first day of finals and Chuck's will borrow Tanya's non-graphing calculators for his period 4. Hope will give the calc to Teresa for day 2 and Teresa will give the calcs back to Ann for day 3 of finals.
  3. Discussed the need to split the final into two sections before the final.
  4. Discussed the need for two versions of Algebra 1 to be given instead of only one version.
  5. Lenny reported on Math in the Trades is a go for next semester.
  6. Teresa will work on the computer lab schedule for 2nd semester. Was discussed to use GSP one day with Algebra 1.
  7. Teresa asked everyone to bring their Algebra 1 student finals to the next PLC meeting for others to view student work and grading.
  8. Discussed briefly the upcoming 2nd semester revised schedule and what each are doing within their advisory groups.

Agenda:
  • Smart Goal Algebra 1 (in red from Dec 4)
  • Textbooks over break
  • Calculators for Algebra 1 Final
  • 2nd Semester Master Schedule (meeting with counselors next Tuesday)
  • Computer Schedule for 2nd semester
  • Joint meeting with Career Tech?


Friday Dec 4 PLC Meeting
Members present: Teresa, Erin, Ann, Hope, Tanya, Chuck, Lenny and AC
Action taken during meeting:
  • Discussed final version of Smart Goal for Algebra 1
  1. Current Reality: Last year, 82% of Algebra 1 S1 earned a final grade of D or better and 81% of Algebra 1 S2 earned a final grade of D or better.
  2. Current Reality: Last year, 52% of Algebra 1 S1 earned a final grade of C or better and 60% of Algebra 1 S2 earned a final grade of C or better.
  3. Smart Goal: 90% of Algebra 1 S1 will earn a final grade of D or better and 90% of Algebra 1 S2 will earn a final grade of D or better.
  4. Revised Smart Goal for 2010-2011 75% Algebra 1 S1 will earn final grade of C or better and 75% Algebra 1 S2 will earn final grade of C or better in addition to 2009-2010 Smart Goal.
  5. 2010-2011 Smart Goal Geo/Trig 90% of Geo/Trig S1 will earn a final grade of D or better, 75% will earn a C or better. The same for S2.
  • Passed out Algebra 1 S1 Final with answer key.
  • Erin, Ann, and Tanya shared their experiences with the PLATO training.
  • Chuck shared Bridges to Algebra training.
  • AC gave a synopsis of North Pole's role in implementing the district DOD grant targeted towards approximately 60 military students and 60% of NPHS students who are not proficient in math.
  • Lenny reported Math for the Trades is a go for next semester and requested student referrals.
  • Ann and Tanya discussed the need to write an placement test from Integrated Algebra 1 to Algebra 1.

Agenda:
  • Update Algebra 1 final review
  • Common assessment Algebra 1 S1 Final - check about scoring rubric
  • Math in the Trades
  • Joint meeting with Career Tech Dept


Friday Nov 20 PLC Meeting
Members present: Teresa, Erin, Ann, Hope, Tanya, Hope, Chuck. Lenny absent
Action taken during meeting:
  • SMART goal determined. Algebra 1 data from 2008-2009 shared.
  • Discussed need to write assessment to move from Integrated A Sem 2 to Algebra 1 S2 1st semester.
  • Teresa shared punchline sheets for essential skills on Algebra 1 S1 final that are not aligned with Key Curriculum Algebra 1 textbook.
  • Teresa emailed department zip file of punchline sheets.

Agenda:
  • Review Algebra 1 passing rate SMART goal
  • Design specific 2nd quarter common assessment.
  • Schedule time it will be given.
  • Schedule time it will be analyzed.

Friday Nov 13 PLC Meeting
Members present: Teresa, Erin, Ann, Chuck, Tanya, Lenny. Hope called in absent.
Action taken during meeting:
  • Shared counseling time line for master schedule 2009-2010.
  • Shared PLC common assessment documents given out by AC Nov 11 at dept head mtg.
  • Shared NPHS Math grade distribution data given out by AC Nov 11 dept head mtg.
  • Still waiting for algebra 1 data 2008/2009 passing rate to complete 2009/2010 Algebra 1 SMART goal.
  • Discussed solving inequalities, function notation, domain, range and other chapter 7 topics required for 1st Sem Algebra Final
  • Discussed the need to address integrated algebra students transition to algebra 1 next year and impact on the master schedule (read email sent to AC).
  • Erin will collaborate with Hope and identify the essential skills for Algebra II.

Agenda
  • Review Algebra 1 passing rate SMART goal
  • Design specific 2nd quarter common assessment.
  • Schedule time it will be given.
  • Schedule time it will be analyzed.

Friday Oct 30 PLC Meeting
Members present: Teresa, Erin, Hope, Ann, Chuck, Lenny. Tanya called in sick.
Action taken during meeting:
  • Reviewed PLC website examples for a school district and school within this wiki.
  • Discussed Integrated Algebra thread proposal of overlapping integrated math between 8th and 9th grade years
  • Discussed what is needed to write SMART goals
  • Lenny will get the previous passing rate for Algebra 1 students 2008-09 school year.
  • Teresa will compose SMART goal with Algebra 1 passing rate data by next meeting.
  • Teresa shared an exit slip formative assessment - students match graphs with equations written in slope intercept form.
  • Chuck proposed with Erin supporting that another SMART goal be written for increasing the enrollment of higher level math classes.
  • Teachers, Hope and Anne, shared they are using the practice Algebra 1 semester final problems as warm-ups and/or exit slip assessments.
  • Agreed to skip 4.5 and 4.6 of Ch4 as there is a need to focus on more algebraic manipulations. Our textbook is slightly out of alignment with the district final common assessment.
  • Before next meeting, members will add to the wiki or respond to the discussion threads.
(AC document via email Oct 29)

Before Meeting Agenda Possibilities
  • Review Algebra 1 Sem 1 practice final problems.
  • Find problems for reviewing Ch1-4.
  • Create and post exit ticket problems on wiki.
  • Use exit ticket problems within an agreed time period.
  • Discuss essential skills from first semester test that are not covered in first six chapters of textbook.
  • Plan the remaining 2nd quarter (Ch4, Ch5 and missing essential skills)
  • Assign group role - recorder, timekeeper

Friday Oct 23 PLC Meeting
All math teachers were present and one counselor.
Teresa demonstrated adding to the wiki referencing the Algebra I Essential Skills tables that John S. helped insert. The tables will gradually be filled in with textbook page numbers, activities, lessons that address each essential skill.

Group Norms were established
  • Start and end on time
  • Do no grade papers
  • Respect each other
  • Listen to each other
  • Guests are invited
  • Group consensus needed for making decisions
  • Participate on wiki by using materials
  • Participate on wiki by adding materials
  • Participate on wiki by contributing to discussion threads


(Shared during Oct 21 Dept Head mtg)

Exit tickets were discussed as possible common assessments. Some teachers have been using this assessment strategy to check for student understanding. Refer to Algebra 1 Ch 4 on wiki for examples.

Wednesday Oct 7 Math Dept Mtg
Group selected Algebra 1 to analyze, write essential skills.
National Essential Skills Study (NESS) Results

(This website was discussed at the Oct 7 Dept Head mtg.)


All Things PLC Website

An Example of a School PLC Website

An Example of a Math Dept PLC