I think I am done with all of the writing and editing for my thesis project. I have all of my files saved, edited, color coded with notes for my designer, and I am ready to send them off to her for design.
It almost feels surreal to have this project at this stage. I am very excited. I spent the past week writing and rewriting and then finally using most of my original introduction for my project. I also wrote the glossary for the guide. I used a lot of the suggestions from the class, but some of the terms will have to be saved for the revision or publication of the actual guide.
I have attached the glossary below if anyone would like to take a peek. See y’all tomorrow.
The Other 175 Days of School
The New Teacher’s Guide to Creating an Interpersonal Classroom’s Glossary
Teacher jargon and teaching acronyms are sometimes hard to keep track of. Below are just a few of the terms used in this guide. Be sure to keep a list of the words or phrases that you will need in the future.
CP (college prep) – a course level of students who are mostly able to read and write at or below grade level and mostly behave Monday through Thursday.
CST (Child Study Team) – The child study team is a mysterious group of people that you will not encounter or learn about until you get an email or notification in your mailbox from them regarding a student that you probably didn’t know had a learning disability or other handicap. The child study team consists of a few important people including a school psychologist, a social worker, a learning disabilities teacher-consultant (LDTC), and any other professionals deemed appropriate by the school’s chief administrator or board of education.
Do Now – a task or writing prompt given to students at the beginning of the period to give students a preview of the days lesson. Also known as the five minutes you must get your teacher life together, take attendance, write passes, get your board to work, and give out papers.
Formative Assessment – classroom participation, quizzes, classwork, homework, etc. given in the middle of a teaching a unit.
Honors – a course level of students who are expected to be able to read and write at or above grade level and behave Monday through Friday. Occasionally, you will have a student outburst or a stowaway who was behaved their way into honors.
ICS (In Class Support) – a mainstream classroom that has two teachers, one regular education and one special education teacher, that should teach all students equally while accommodating students’ particular needs according to their IEPs. Also, a course level of students where some students can read and write at or below grade level and occasionally behave Tuesday through Thursday, no promises.
IEP (Individualized Education Plan) – A student’s individualized education plan (IEP) is one that needs to be fulfilled by both the special education teacher and the regular education teacher. This plan has been created by the child study team and or other important members of the school staff to accommodate students with a disability who need specialized instruction and related services.
IB (international baccalaureate) – a course level of students who are expected to be able to read and write above grade level and behave Monday through Friday. However, this is an all-inclusive program, and any student can enter the IB program. Modifications and adaptations must be made by the IB teacher to accommodate all learners and get them to perform to IB standards on a variety of written and oral assessments.
I&RS (Intervention and Referral Services) – Intervention and Referral Services, commonly referred to as I&RS, is a program that many schools have to help teachers with students who are struggling with behavioral or academic issues.
Medical 504 – A 504 Plan ensures that a child with an identifiable disability will receive accommodations that will allow them to achieve academic success and access to the learning environment of their peers.
RTI (Response to Intervention) – This is a program to support students in the regular education classroom. This program is used to address issues that students have in terms of behaviors or academics. The program starts with an experienced teacher, intervention strategies within the classroom by the teacher, and then leads to building a support system for the student with additional staff members.
Pre-assessment – a task given before a period of instruction to gauge student abilities.
PLEP (Present Level(s) of Educational Performance) – a form that will need to be filled out by staff members to monitor student progress prior to a student evaluation.
Pull-Out – when a teacher or coach pulls one or several students out of the classroom to support students academically or emotionally.
Push-In – when a teacher or coach pushes into a classroom to support students academically or emotionally
RACE Response or RACE(CE) (Restate Answer Cite Explain [Cite Explain]) – a response method for students responding to short answer questions. Once students can master this method of response, they can write longer responses and essays. Students will restate the question, answer the question, cite evidence from the text or paraphrase, and then explain their evidence.
Rubric – a document used to assess student performance on tasks that should be reviewed with students before, during, and after an assignment.
SGO (Student Growth Objective) – an intimidating acronym that really means a pre, formative, and summative assessment of student performance on a set of student learning standards. You will select two skills, reading and writing, to assess students on before, during, and after a period of learning. ore, during, and after a period of learning. You will document this data on an excel spreadsheet or other data collection platform to report to your administration.
Summative Assessment – project, essay, oral presentation, etc. given at the end of a teaching unit.
Think Aloud – a task where the student or teacher explains their thinking process on a particular assignment and others listen to the thought process.
Tracked – various levels of the same course (IB, honors, college prep, ICS, resource)
WALT (We are learning to) – an acronym used to create student friendly objectives. Ex.) We are learning to write RACE paragraphs by completing the RACE outline with textual evidence.