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Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Achievement “Best Practice Makes Perfect”

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Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Achievement Best Practice Makes Perfect Slide 2 Hello! Thank you for your time during this Early Dismissal! Introductions (if needed) Time frame for the afternoon Slide 3 Thinking about vocabulary Take 2 minutes and write your thoughts on teaching direct vocabulary instruction Think-Pair-Share with a partner Slide 4 What is Best Practice? Good Practice Solid, reputable, state-of-the-art work in a field Current research, consistently offering the benefits of the latest knowledge, technology, and procedures Leading of our field Serious, thoughtful, informed, responsible, state-of-the-art- teaching Based on the work of Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde Best Practice Todays Standards for Teaching and Learning in Americas Schools Slide 5 Vocabulary Direct teaching of vocabulary may be one of the most underused instructional activities in K-12 education. Student directed NOT teacher directed Teacher does not recite definitions and students record and memorize them. Students must encounter words multiple times before they learn them. Slide 6 Teaching specific terms in a specific way is probably the strongest action a teacher can take to ensure that students have the academic background knowledge they need to understand the content they will encounter in school. Robert Marzano Slide 7 Making the case Given the relationship between academic background knowledge and academic achievement, one can make the case that it should be at the top of any list of interventions intended to increase student achievement. Robert Marzano, Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement Slide 8 Making another case Only 1.67 minutes are devoted to direct vocabulary among 3 rd, 4 th, and 5 th grade teachers observed by Roser and Juel (1982). Slide 9 Making yet another case Poverty and Ethnicity There is a direct relationship between access to academic background experiences and family income. Black and Hispanic children are much more likely to be poor, and for longer periods of time, than white children are. Slide 10 Okay, one more case! In-depth data analysis was conducted by the AYP Team in regards to the MCA-II Data indicates a deficiency in vocabulary development Vocabulary development can easily be incorporated in any subject; this is not a subject specific approach Slide 11 Two Approaches to Building Background Knowledge DIRECT Field Trips Mentoring INDIRECT Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) Direct Vocabulary Instruction (DVI) Slide 12 Effect Size The effect size is the unit of measure that expresses the increase or decrease in achievement of the experimental group in standard deviation units. Slide 13 Impact of Effect Size Large.80 (Just about 1 Standard Deviation of growth!) Medium.50 Small.20 Based upon the work of J. Cohen, Statistical Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences Slide 14 Impact of Direct Vocabulary Instruction Effect Size:.97 Slide 15 The Effect Size of Direct Vocabulary Instruction:.97 If there is not direct vocabulary instruction the student is at the 50 th percentile in terms of ability to comprehend the subject matter taught. Slide 16 Teaching Direct Vocabulary involves Descriptions as opposed to definitions Use of linguistic and nonlinguistic representations Gradual shaping of words Teaching and using word parts Different types of instruction for different types of words Students interacting about the words they are learning Use of games Focus on terms important to academic subjects Slide 17 Putting it into practice LagoLake PulsieroBracelet SoltieroBachelor LataCan TiaAunt JogarGamble LuaMoon NozWalnut Slide 18 Step 1 Write the word wave Step 2 Add a visual Step 3 Write a definition A big curl of water Step 4 Create a sentence Hawaii has the best surfing waves. How to set up Vocabulary Cards Slide 19 Vocabulary Cards Step 1 Write the word Step 2 Add a visual Step 3 Write a definition Step 4 Create a sentence Step 5 Write the vocabulary word on the reverse side of the card Slide 20 Write vocabulary word on reverse side of card How to set up Vocabulary Cards wave Slide 21 Putting it into practice - activity 1. Set up Vocabulary cards using the 8 Portuguese words. 2. Facilitator will allow each participant 10 seconds to look at each card. 3. Participants Think-Pair-Share how they chose the picture/icon for the vocabulary along with any other ideas relating to the creation of the card. 4. The facilitator says the vocabulary word out loud participants echo the same. 5. Facilitator quizzes the group on their newly acquired vocabulary words. Slide 22 Vocabulary Cards Scoring Rubric 4 Has vocabulary card set up correctly Visual pic represents vocabulary word Definition is appropriate for vocabulary word Sentence is complete and makes sense Overall quality is excellent 3 Has vocabulary card set up correctly Visual pic represents vocabulary word Definition is correct Sentence is complete Overall quality is ok 2 Vocabulary card is NOT set up correctly Visual pic is not accurate Definition is not real clear and/or is incorrect Sentence is incomplete Overall quality could be better 1 Vocabulary card is NOT set up correctly Visual pic is not accurate or not finished Definition is incorrect or isnt finished Sentence is incomplete and incorrect Overall quality is very poor Slide 23 Steps to Effective Vocabulary Teacher gives description, explanation and or example of the new term. Students restate in their own words. Students create a nonlinguistic representation Periodic activities that add to knowledge of the terms. Students periodically discuss the terms with one another. Periodic games to play with the terms. Slide 24 Short Video Clip Expanding Vocabulary PD 360 Expanding Vocabulary 1402S-9 Slide 25 Vocabulary Games Jeopardy I Have, Who Has Pictionary - Picture This ( Vocabulictionary ?) Analogies Pantomime Charades Memory Vocabulary Cards Slide 26 Change VisionSkillsIncentivesResources Action Plan =CHANGE SkillsIncentivesResources Action Plan =Confusion VisionIncentivesResources Action Plan =Anxiety VisionSkills Resources Action Plan =Resistance VisionSkillsIncentives Action Plan =Frustration VisionSkillsIncentivesResources=Treadmill Slide 27 Short video clip Non Linguistic Representations Non Linguistic Representations 1305S-6 Slide 28 Dialogue How can you use these strategies in your classroom? Which strategies really have possibilities for you right now based upon what you have learned today, the data you have from your students, and your buildings school improvement goals? What would be an easy, not-so-burdensome method of determining a) the effectiveness in the classroom, and b) if direct vocabulary is being taught throughout the district? Slide 29 Putting it all together Professional Development AYP Plan Strategic Plan Slide 30 So The idea that learning is not a matter of telling, and being told, but an active and constructive process, is an idea which is as widely accepted in theory as it is neglected in practice. John Dewey Slide 31 Translation Slide 32 Just Do It! Slide 33 Electronic Resources Helpful Links Slide 34 Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Achievement Best Practice Makes Perfect