As most of you Texas teachers are aware (or you at least should be aware!) Texas has adopted a new set of TEKS for Math. And with this power comes great responsibility…on the part of us teachers that is, to update and create wonderful new products to support these TEKS!
Whenever I create something for my classroom, I always start with the standards. Personally, I like to read through them and make sense of what I’m about to teach and how the state figured out what is important for my grade level.
A few years ago, I started making printable Standards “I can” posters for Language Arts and pretty soon I started seeing other teachers on my campus do the same. So I created a cutesy set for everyone to print and post! This was when I was teaching 2nd grade…fast forward to today and now I’ve made sets for Language Arts, Math, 2nd and 3rd Grade. Just this summer, I updated my Math “I can” posters to reflect the new TEKS.
Having these posters up in my classroom gives me an excuse to talk about the standards with students at the start of a lesson…middle of the lesson…during small groups….as a recap at the end of the lesson…
You get the idea! The standards are important! They guide all the neat-o activities you have your students do, NOT the other way around. The kids should ALWAYS be able to link their learning back to their progress in mastering the standards.
This summer I went to a Think Forward PBL Training and learned about planning a PBL and starting with the standards as the goal. This training really got my brain going on overload! I wanted to help teachers and students keep track of the standards and levels of mastery achieved.
I turned to TpT to find a solution and found some really great products! But they were all based on Common Core! Boo! So I took up the reins and tackled the monstrous task of creating my own.
This has been a serious labor of love people. Serious.
I have NO idea how many pages I’ve crafted exactly but it has to be in the 400 page range! I finally got it all assembled and here it is…
First off, the Teacher Binder…Right now I have all these pages organized by section. I’m 99% sure that I’ll start the year off with all the pages in the correct sections and then as they get filled out I will pull the pages that correspond to the standards I am covering and keep them in the front. This serves two purposes:
- I can easily see what I have already taught.
- I can have quick access to the most current/relevant/pertinent information.
The sections I included in the Teacher Binder are:
- Standards Summary – to identify dates for teaching standards and completion dates
- Class Summary – to indicate as an overview how many students have mastered each standard
- Individual Summary – to specify individual grades/mastery levels on each standard
- Gradebook – to organize mastery levels into grades by grading period
- Assessments (in development, but I made a cover page!) – to have a quick go to assessment to prove mastery of a standard
- Small Groups – to use data from Individual Summary pages to track reteach needs/efforts and improvement of struggling learners
- Student Summary of Skills – blackline masters to be used in Student Journals for individual conferencing and data tracking by standard
- Student Daily Assignments – blackline masters to be used in Student Journals for daily assignments and focusing of lessons on individual standards
The Student Journal I used was a regular composition book. I don’t recommend using binders for students, because they always manage to get the pages all in a mess. Unless you are super amazing or have a very small class, stick to journals. Plus, the work I did with PBL this summer, really inspired me to use journals to store ALL the student work so that it can be referenced before tests or for reteach sessions. No more searching for that one paper that was turned in.
Whew! That was a lot of work and a lot of pictures! I can’t wait to dig in and make Standards-Based Data a part of my daily routine and part of the student’s routine.
Guess what?! You can too!!! Just jump on over to my TpT Store and pick up this ENTIRE set! This is for 3rd Grade Math TEKS and I am working on 3rd Grade ELA TEKS as well!