Jumping into Standards!!!

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…

Here is a Teacher Binder and Student Journal Sample for my Standards-Based Data and Gradebook !

Here is a Teacher Binder and Student Journal Sample for my Standards-Based Data and Gradebook!

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:

  1. I can easily see what I have already taught.
  2. 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 Standards Summary pages allow teachers to plan when the individual standards are going to be taught and also indicate what standards have been completed.

The Standards Summary pages allow teachers to plan when the individual standards are going to be taught and also indicate what standards have been completed.

The Class Summary pages allow teachers to see at a glance, which standards have been mastered by the class and how many students are still working on mastering standards.

The Class Summary pages allow teachers to see at a glance, which standards have been mastered by the class and how many students are still working on mastering standards.

The Individual Summary pages outline a single standard at the top of the page and then provide space for each student's name to be listed followed by their personal level of mastery on the specific standard.

The Individual Summary pages outline a single standard at the top of the page and then provide space for each student’s name to be listed followed by their personal level of mastery on the specific standard.

The Gradebook pages list individual students and provide a space for 10 assignments and a final grade for the grading period.

The Gradebook pages list individual students and provide a space for 10 assignments and a final grade for the grading period.

This is sadly, just a cover page! But I have a format and will be working on individual assessments for each standard!

This is sadly, just a cover page! But I have a format and will be working on individual assessments for each standard!

I wanted a copy of the Student pages in my Teacher Binder, so here are the Student Summary of Skills pages. Notice they are sized down to be easily copied and placed into journals.

I wanted a copy of the Student pages in my Teacher Binder, so here are the Student Summary of Skills pages. Notice they are sized down to be easily copied and placed into journals.

The Student Daily Assignment pages have individual standards listed at the top followed by a space for students to keep assignment names and grades. Also included is room for the student to write the objective and show a little of their learning in their own words! Here is also a page shown in the journal.

The Student Daily Assignment pages have individual standards listed at the top followed by a space for students to keep assignment names and grades. Also included is room for the student to write the objective and show a little of their learning in their own words! Here is also a page shown in the journal.

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.

Student Journal prepped with a Table of Contents and an envelope (thanks Pinterest!) taped to the front inside cover to keep little bits!

Student Journal prepped with a Table of Contents and an envelope (thanks Pinterest!) taped to the front inside cover to keep little bits!

I inserted this Summary of Skills Title Page at the back of the Journal, preceding the Summary of Skills pages.

I inserted this Summary of Skills Title Page at the back of the Journal, preceding the Summary of Skills pages.

The Student Summary of Skills allows a place to illustrate what standards have been mastered and which ones need some attention. I envision this being used as part of an individual student conference to make a next steps plan, and also to show parents where they can help their child. I included this section at the back of the Student Journal.

The Student Summary of Skills allows a place to illustrate what standards have been mastered and which ones need some attention. I envision this being used as part of an individual student conference to make a next steps plan, and also to show parents where they can help their child. I included this section at the back of the Student Journal.

Cute Pinterest Win! Bookmark made with ribbon. It's hot glued to the back cover.

Cute Pinterest Win! Bookmark made with ribbon. It’s hot glued to the back cover.

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!

Have fun!