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Monday, February 17
 

12:45pm CST

AP Language and Literature FOCUS
Limited Capacity seats available

AP Language and Literature teachers should plan to attend this FOCUS session during Breakout Session 1.

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 413

12:45pm CST

Crafting an Argument Using a Notable Photograph
Limited Capacity seats available

You have heard the saying, “everything is an argument.” This lesson, adapted from College Board consultant, Ruben Rodriguez, is an introduction to argument for Pre-AP, using photographs as a basis. Beginning with the six parts of an argument, students will be able to develop and justify a reasonable position. This session will also explain how to adjust for a general education classroom.


Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 501

12:45pm CST

Deeper Analysis at Any Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting with Degen style visual analysis, we will work through how to gradually increase the rigor of texts so that students can think deeply about texts at any level. We will focus on analyzing WHAT the author is doing, HOW the author is doing it, and WHY the author is doing it. If you’ve never tried this, I’m excited to be the one to show you this technique; it has changed the way I teach analysis.

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 503

12:45pm CST

How Will We Know They’ve Got It?
Limited Capacity filling up

It can often be challenging to plan instruction that encourages students to think deeply about what they are learning. In this session we will support that work by helping participants add Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge framework to their tool belts. Participants will overview Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels and learn about how to use the framework to purposefully plan student learning and assessment opportunities at varying levels of cognitive complexity. Participants will need access to a current lesson plan (electronic or hard copy) for the session.


Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Library

12:45pm CST

Making Revision Meaningful
Limited Capacity seats available

When students are tasked to revise their writing, many times, their first instinct is to copy the same thing down again, only neater. In this session, learn a strategy to help students think deeply about the purpose of their writing and to make decisions about each sentence. It even makes revision fun. This session is focused on physical movement, writing, and reflection, and it works with any level of student.


Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 520

12:45pm CST

Reflective Grading: How to Effectively Engage Students in the Process
Limited Capacity seats available

How many times have you lugged papers home, returning them to students on Monday just to have them tossed in the trash? Marzano’s research uncovered the fact that students who participate in reflecting on their learning and correcting their errors in thinking have an average gain of 29 percentile points over the course of a year. Timeliness of feedback garners a 26 point gain.  In this session we will focus on making students active, thus successful in their learning.


Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 510

12:45pm CST

Understanding Your Opponent
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn the ins and outs of STAAR scoring and use that knowledge to drive interventions and whole class instruction following MOCK testing. Teachers will practice with their students’ data and leave with a better understanding of which skills need interventions. Participants should bring a charged device and be ready to access Eduphoria and Excel. This session was originally offered at the February 2019 FOCUS. It is recommended for new teachers and teachers who are interested in learning more about targeted STAAR intervention.

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Room 404

1:55pm CST

Crafting an Argument Using a Notable Photograph
Limited Capacity seats available

You have heard the saying, “everything is an argument.” This lesson, adapted from College Board consultant, Ruben Rodriguez, is an introduction to argument for Pre-AP, using photographs as a basis. Beginning with the six parts of an argument, students will be able to develop and justify a reasonable position. This session will also explain how to adjust for a general education classroom.


Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 501

1:55pm CST

Deeper Analysis at Any Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting with Degen style visual analysis, we will work through how to gradually increase the rigor of texts so that students can think deeply about texts at any level. We will focus on analyzing WHAT the author is doing, HOW the author is doing it, and WHY the author is doing it. If you’ve never tried this, I’m excited to be the one to show you this technique; it has changed the way I teach analysis.

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 503

1:55pm CST

Introduction to Google Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will introduce participants to Google Classroom. Participants will learn how to set up a class and get students enrolled. In addition, they will learn various ways to create assignments and make materials available to students. Participants will also learn about possible ways to augment Schoology or other lesson/resource delivery methods.

Speakers
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Shane Tout

Curriculum/Technology Integration Specialist; Innovation & Development, Pasadena ISD


Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Library

1:55pm CST

Making Revision Meaningful
Limited Capacity seats available

When students are tasked to revise their writing, many times, their first instinct is to copy the same thing down again, only neater. In this session, learn a strategy to help students think deeply about the purpose of their writing and to make decisions about each sentence. It even makes revision fun. This session is focused on physical movement, writing, and reflection, and it works with any level of student.


Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 520

1:55pm CST

Recognizing Bias and Making Informed Responses
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s world, people are bombarded with information from all sides, and unfortunately, more often than not, we can’t always trust that we are being told the truth. This session will help you teach your students how to recognize when things aren’t what they seem and how to address those inconsistencies intelligently. 

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 413

1:55pm CST

Reflective Grading: How to Effectively Engage Students in the Process
Limited Capacity seats available

How many times have you lugged papers home, returning them to students on Monday just to have them tossed in the trash? Marzano’s research uncovered the fact that students who participate in reflecting on their learning and correcting their errors in thinking have an average gain of 29 percentile points over the course of a year. Timeliness of feedback garners a 26 point gain.  In this session we will focus on making students active, thus successful in their learning.


Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 510

1:55pm CST

Writing About Author’s Purpose
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the biggest challenges we deal with is getting students to write about the author's purpose effectively. In this session, you will be equipped with helpful information to help your students actively engage with the text and write about how an author develops their purpose. This strategy has helped students (on-level through AP) get a visual understanding of how their writing should be structured and has been a useful tool in improving their writing.

Speakers

Monday February 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm CST
Room 404