Academic Culture

Council

Council is a time for my students to share their highs and lows related to academics, and to share what's successful and struggling for them in the class. It is a non-hierarchical forum for discussion. This is important in my classroom because it gives us a powerful practice to understand more fully and appreciate the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions of our classroom. It is a process that continually evolves with each group and in each time in our own developments.  

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This sample pacing guide for council breaks down the academic school year into suggested activities taken from the Council Lesson Plans document. It also leaves rooms to address the specific and unique needs of your classroom.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Starting Council in your class? This document details suggested lessons/activities to do with your class at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year during council. Some topics include "getting to know you," bullying, valuing differences, and appreciating others.
Students In Action
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This sample pacing guide for council breaks down the academic school year into suggested activities taken from the Council Lesson Plans document. It also leaves rooms to address the specific and unique needs of your classroom.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Starting Council in your class? This document details suggested lessons/activities to do with your class at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year during council. Some topics include "getting to know you," bullying, valuing differences, and appreciating others.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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This strategy is a small group guided instruction, or in student friendly language, team time with Mr. Esparza. A group of 3-4 students is pulled as other teams are conducting a differentiated math investigation. Students are given a selection of materials to create models and formulate ideas. We work as a collective to identify our misconceptions by asking ourselves questions, explaining why, and checking for understanding. As a scaffold, students use hand signals and our learning goal success rubrics to check themselves for understanding throughout the process.

 
Instructional Openings
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Explicitly stating the Goal of the Day is a deliberate strategy I employ at the beginning of my lessons to ensure that my students understand the purpose (both short- and long-term) of the work we will be doing together. Reviewing the Goal of the Day clarifies for my students the larger meaning behind the smaller and more discrete pieces of learning they do every day. It also helps us all remain focused on my students' larger dreams and aspirations. 

 
Assessment & Data
Multiple Sources of Data

Since we use a preselected curriculum for math, the majority of data is collected and analyzed using the highlighted resources. Being a blended learning school we know it's important to look at multiple sources of data and consider where our students are at at that time whether at the start, midpoint, or end of a unit. Using each assessment as a snapshot of where students are at in order to plan/prioritize for both online and offline instructional strategies/steps is my main focus. (See screencast for further information) 

 
 
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