During the 2016-2017 school year, Noemi shared with me how the implementation was going. We spent hours debriefing on the phone and spending Saturday mornings with waffles and kernel essays. We enjoyed our breakfast of Grammar Keepers and found ways to modify it in English and Spanish. We also relied on a steady diet Jeff Anderson's Mechanically Inclined and Gretchen Bernabei's Fun-Sized Academic Writing along with Dead Giveaways, Coloring It Up, Indelible Moments, Pitchforks, and Renaming with a side of extra crispy bacon. We studied and analyzed the 2016 STAAR Released Writing Test in both languages. We noticed patterns and trends from previous years as well. By this time, I made the decision to return to Spring Branch. At Edgewood Elementary, I worked as a bilingual interventionist. I continued my writing journey with the teachers at Edgewood in the areas of Reading and Writing. I was able to share and tweak the Writing plan and staff develop teachers on the use of kernels, grammar, revision, and the new ideas that I learned and was currently implementing with Noemi and the Trail of Breadcrumbs Trainer of Trainer Conference. Many of the strategies that we implemented were very successful. I worked very closely with the bilingual classes as I modeled in classrooms, worked after school tutorials, and organized and taught five highly successful Saturday Writing Camps. The Edgewood students progressed in their thinking and understanding of the writing process, revision, grammar, and usage. I was able to help the teachers and students with activities and processes that would help the students in the composition of writing and relate it directly to the STAAR Writing Test. As a result, the Edgewood bilingual students performed the best in the district on the STAAR 4th Grade Writing Test. Edgewood had a 25 point increase from the previous year at 82% and 17% Academic Performance. I am so glad that I didn't allow my love of teaching Writing and planning go to the wayside. I owe a debt of gratitude to Noemi, Vivian Pratts (the principal at Edgewood), my colleague and fellow interventionist Yvonne Rodriguez, and fourth grade teachers at Edgewood for perservering, trusting in process, and learning alongside me. We made a wonderful collaborative team.
|Principal Vivian Pratts and Maureen Ucles|
Wow! What a crazy school year 2016-2017 had been. It was a complete whirlwind. I am looking forward to organizing all the classroom lessons and Saturday Camp ideas to share with everyone. I have photos as well. I am also planning on writing more of the lesson in Spanish. Noemi and I would like to add more Spanish grammar, spelling, and punctuation lessons together. It will be Grammar Keepers in Spanish. We will make a 101 Grammar Keepers Chart in Spanish as well. I will share lessons to help with the revision part of the multiple choice portion of the STAAR Test as well. I plan on showing the lessons as well as videos throughout the year.
I didn't blog half as much as I did the previous year. I plan to change that this year. I will have my own class. Because of this, I will be able to provide more videos and photographic evidence of student learning. The sky is the limit. Vamos a ver lo que pasa! We'll see what happens. Knowing that I will be working with Noemi, Yvonne, Maria Sagredo (4th grade bilingual teacher as Edgewood) and anyone else that would like to join us, I feel that this year will be even more rewarding. I cannot wait to get my hands on the 2017 STAAR Writing Released Test. I heard that it will be released in August by TEA. I will be studying it over and over again. I have already begun to study our 2017 Writing Samples. We did really well as we had 55% of composition fall in the 5-8 range. As time allows, I will be posting more this summer. You might like to check back from time to time. Just write, baby...1, 2, 3.