2018-2019 Year End Reflection – Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary

2018-2019 is over.

Time to REFLECT!

Ferndale Middle School implemented Opportunity Culture MultiClassroom Leaders for Math, ELA and Science (my subject specialty).  Thanks also to Public Impact for being a part of this implementation as well.  I was able to assist 10 science/social studies teachers in our building by co-planning, co-teaching, modeling, observing, coaching, and more as a MultiClassroom Leader II.  I was also able to impact the ~750 scholars in our building.  Big jump from the 100 I worked with while my classroom at Allen Jay Prep. There were several challenges throughout the year, but let’s break it down …

What we did … Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary.

I’ve read several articles & books plus attented numerous professional development workshops regarding vocabulary.  From the pile of these possibilities came two epic strategies – Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary!

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The moment I found Quizlet was the moment I freed up a ton of instructional time in and out of the classroom.  I let go of the creation of vocabulary flashcard lists that took hours to create and were often lost, misplaced or never done.  If you’re a North Carolina Science Teacher, then enjoy our created lists here.

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I started creating Visual Vocabulary Powerpoints roughly three years ago.  I realized that scholars truly couldn’t “see” information we had listened to, read or interacted with.  They needed to fill in the blanks of their imagination with something concrete.  Words on a flashcard or page can have little cognitive value, but pictures can unlock a full understanding.  Every vocabulary word in our Quizlet came with a beautiful picture!  Let the creativity flow and the visualization will follow!  If you’re a North Carolina Science Teacher, then enjoy our created powerpoints for 6th, 7th and 8th grade Science.

Why we did … Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary.

The NC Grade 6 /7 Final Exams and the NC Grade 8 End-of-Grade Test are basically reading assessments with few visuals.  Here is a released assessment from 2015.  If our scholars could not bring key words to life, then they would be at a disadvantage to show competency.  Attempting to answer the question below becomes daunting if critical words (like Upwelling) cannot pop off the page.

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VARK is a popular learning styles tool that can assist an educator and scholar better recognize how their brain best learns information.  Are you a visual, auditory, reading or kinesthetic learner?  Or perhaps you are multi-modal like a number of individuals and utilize the whole brain for learning?  Try the tool for yourself here.  VARK is referenced here because the content scholars hear, read and interact with needs to come alive in key moments to demonstrate content competency.  Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary equipped all of our scholars with content knowledge and imagery to better demonstrate mastery of content.  We based this off of the hypothetical graphic below from Learn-Vark.

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Vocabulary recognition & comprehension open so many doors for a scholar.  It can bring text to life in an instant.  We put in the hard work to create Quizlets and Visual Vocabulary Powerpoints for each NC Grade 6-8 Science Unit.  This article from Deena Seifert on InferCabulary.com explains why we brought these two resources to our scholars for standardized testing and much more.
  • 1 It Improves Reading Comprehension. Research has shown that kids need to understand 98% of the words they read to understand what they are reading. Improving vocabulary skills will improve their understanding of novels and textbooks.

    2 It’s Important to Language Development.  Children who develop a rich vocabulary tend to be deeper thinkers, express themselves better and read more. Improving language and literacy skills early in life will help them be more successful academically and communicatively.

    3 Communicating Ideas. Successful communication or “saying what you mean” is dependent upon a good vocabulary base. Using the right words when talking, makes you a more effective communicator.

    4 Expressing Yourself in Writing. Having a good vocabulary to draw from can help you write more effectively. Students need to use a more formal tone when writing – not conversational language – and to do that, they need a richer vocabulary to tap into those words we don’t use when we speak.

    5 Occupational Success. Researcher Johnson O’Connor found that “a person’s vocabulary level is the best single predictor of occupational success.”* Success in the business place depends on your communication skills. 

How we did … Quizlet & Visual Vocabulary.

QUIZLET – In the room, this kept from the mundane task of copying information and allowed us to interact individually (Flashcards, Learning, Writing, Spelling, Testing), in small groups (Matching & Playing Gravity) and as a whole class (Via the “Live” Game).  Out of the room, those supporting scholars knew exactly what was being learned by accessing these lists digitally.

VISUAL VOCAB PPT’s – Some teachers gave access to families & scholars.  Some used a whole class interactive game.  Some utilized these in 1-on-1 or small group interactions with scholars.  Some even created interactive bulletin boards!

Results from … Learning Environment / Classroom Decoration.

GROWTH!  Scholars & Teachers utilized their learning environment / classroom decoration to maintain connection to the learning process & scholar personal interest.  We believe this lead to high scholar engagement compared to 2017-2018.  The data below shows a substantial decrease in Level 1’s with growth in Levels 2-5.  Our scholars were inspired by teachers to perform their best because we gave them our best all year long.

Data Comparision

If you or your school are interested in knowing more, then feel free to comment below or reach out to me personally.  Thanks for tuning in!

2018-2019 Year End Reflection – Data Analysis

2018-2019 Year End Reflection – Data Analysis

2018-2019 is over.

Time to REFLECT!

Ferndale Middle School implemented Opportunity Culture MultiClassroom Leaders for Math, ELA and Science (my subject specialty).  Thanks also to Public Impact for being a part of this implementation as well.  I was able to assist 10 science/social studies teachers in our building by co-planning, co-teaching, modeling, observing, coaching, and more as a MultiClassroom Leader II.  I was also able to impact the ~750 scholars in our building.  Big jump from the 100 I worked with while my classroom at Allen Jay Prep. There were several challenges throughout the year, but let’s break it down …

What we did … Data Analysis.

I implemented the usage of EVAAS projections for our 6th, 7th & 8th grade scholars in science.  We were able to establish their anticipated projectile & anticipated % correct from the state information.  This information was used throughout the school year to determine growth or decline assessment by assessment.  I had utilized this primitively at Thomasville Middle, but improved it while at Allen Jay Prep.  It was a challenge to implement with ~750 scholars at Ferndale, but a majority of teachers bought right in!

Here’s the template …

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Incorporating projected achievement data to prepare for critical data collection throughout the school year.  Along with 10 question Unit Assessments, we gathered data online for scholars/families/teachers to review through 10 question objective quizzes.  All assessments were multiple choice.

Why we did … Data Analysis.

I wanted my teachers to be able to assist scholars on a day by day basis regarding content acceleration or remediation.  Along with formative assessment techniques, we wanted to keep scholars & families aware of progress.  A long range view of the year and being transparent with scholars/families was a priority.  The A/B scale of report card grading does not correlate to the system used by End-of-Grade testing (Levels 1-5).  We knew the projections of our scholars and communicated that to them.  When they scored above their target, we celebrated!  Even if that projection was a Level 1 @ 32% correct, we celebrated a test score of 33%.  When we connected support to the relativity of each scholar’s performance based on EVAAS projections, we immediately were able to look objectively at scholars and target specifically what their needs were.  Scholars could tell that we cared.  And scholars could tell that “getting an A” wasn’t the norm.  The norm we created was “now you know, where will you go?”  We worked hard on growth mindset the entire year by leading through objective information.

Here is an example spreadsheet with data …

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Teacher Name & Scholar Names hidden for privacy reasons.  Notice that we calculated local test averages in green, county benchmark assessments in blue and averaged that in yellow.  Utilizing this calculation, we saw a -0.08% accuracy in comparing the yellow column to End-of-Grade testing % correct.

How we did … Data Analysis.

We utilized pre-assessments, objective quizzes (roughly 2-4 objectives per unit) and post-assessments to determine acceleration/remediation in over 20 areas per grade level in science.  Each of our assessments were 10 question multiple choice assessments.  Scholars were encouraged to annotate and address misconceptions.  The pre & post assessment scores were kept in the above data spreadsheet.  Each objective quiz was administered online using SchoolNET.  Our scholars had access to their results immediately & throughout the year to determine celebrations & misconceptions.  Everyone knew exactly what was needed regarding acceleration or remediation.

Here’s an example of an assessment …

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Unpacking NC State Essential Standards in Science, determining high rigor questions, and collaborating to review the assessment were parts of the process leading up to administration to scholars.

Results from … Data Analysis.

GROWTH!  Scholars & Teachers utilized their strategic data to inform lesson planning, corrective instruction and so much more during the year.  We believe this lead to high scholar engagement compared to 2017-2018.  The data below shows a substantial decrease in Level 1’s with growth in Levels 2-5.  Our scholars were inspired by teachers to perform their best because we gave them our best all year long.

Data Comparision

If you or your school are interested in knowing more, then feel free to comment below or reach out to me personally.  Thanks for tuning in!