Collaboration Summary March 15, 2012 Foreign Language All of the teachers in the Foreign Language Department worked on oral rubrics. They split into one group to work on levels 1 & 2, and one to work on levels 3 & 4. They invested the entire morning in this work and it was very efficient and productive. After lunch, they discussed their new rubrics. Coming to an agreement and discussing details and concepts took longer than expected. They finalized the work and started a session on. They would have liked to work on their web pages as well as continue their discussion on how to perform oral tests in a unified manner, but they couldn’t get to that. They were all very satisfied with the job done and are looking forward to having more collaborative time to be able to finish up so many projects. Pending work: oral tests, written rubric by levels, project rubric by levels and oral presentation rubrics (besides some of our personal websites and the interest expressed from some of us to learn clickers and create work for Mimeo). They have many more things that they would love to accomplish. Fine Arts Goals: 1. Produce a tutorial video 2. Update website hub 3. Take photos of Fine Arts show and upload to website Activities: 1. Set up a scene for video tutorial 2. Teacher demonstrates a ceramics technique – “Basic Throwing Techniques on a Potter’s Wheel” 3. Media Arts teacher video tapes the demonstration 4. Photo teachers take pictures of art work from the Fine Arts show 5. All teachers to edit the video demonstration 6. Upload more photos from the Fine Arts show to the website English The English department developed a diagnostic entrance exam for the 9th grade. The department outlined key standards, skill sets, and content knowledge that reflected the core of the 9th grade curriculum. The department utilized the newly purchased data program Intel-Assess to develop the assessment. The assessment is similar in format as the CAHSEE/SAT/AP. It incorporates multiple choice questions based on reading passages that highlight the fields of Bloom’s Taxonomy. In conjunction with the multiple choice questions, the department created a writing prompt that ask the students to read a given poem and respond to the prompt in a structured paragraph response. The question is analytical in nature and the department created a rubric to appropriately evaluate the students’ responses. Social Science The members of the Social Science department met to debrief their snapshot visits. As background, each department member visited three or more classrooms during quarter 3, staying for about 15 minutes per visit. In essence, the members were looking for articulation of learning goals, teaching methods, and level of student engagement. We agreed that they would continue to visit classrooms. Their goal moving forward was to quantify data gained from their observations. This will be done in April and remain the basis for meetings for the rest of the school year. AP Social Science teachers revised portfolio assignments to be used in both the college prep and AP Economics courses during the second quarter of the Economics semester. This is a revision of the original assignment developed collaboratively on the first collaboration day in September. The first portfolio did not provide the results they had anticipated and therefore they needed to alter it significantly. The objective for this assignment was to provide seniors with some real-world economic application that will immediately affect their future as they graduate. This collaborative effort is in addition to the time they spent in the department-wide collaboration meeting where they discussed best practices of teaching, classroom visitations, sharing of the curricular ideas, and modeling of teaching strategies. PE The following items were completed during our PE collaboration session: 1. Finalized schedule for “rock climbing” and prepared all documentation for teachers to give to students. 2. Completed 4th quarter anchor assessment for all grade levels (7-12) 3. Discussed internet resources to help teaching practices 4. Finalized purchases for physical education equipment 5. Discussed proper techniques for administering fitness testing (all on same page) 6. Discussed schedule changes from STAR testing and how they affect our units in the future. (Had to cut into last two units and convert to 4 weeks instead of 6) 7. Discussed layout of “Open House” and responsibility areas/tests being administered to parents 8. Discussed second quarter assessment data and practices to ensure that tests are accurate. (Spoke about ways to help improve percentages) 9. Basketball Bowl: operations, expectations and map of seating arrangements for teachers and students.