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Meeting 2 Oct 2012

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Clustering PLC

Meeting 2Getting to know our clustered students and Using Pre-Assessments

October 15, 2012, 2:15-3:35

SSHS’s Vision: Utilizing the best teaching practices, we will ensure that our students have the essential academic, ethical and workplace skills and knowledge to be successful in an ever-changing world.


Goals for PLC

  • Identify, utilize and share pre- and post- assessment tools in order to gauge what students know and can do.

  • Provide targeted, differentiation strategies to use with our ELL and GT clusters in the American Studies and English 9 classrooms.

  • Use common language to use when discussing and making decisions around clusters, differentiated instruction, and other aspects of our courses.


  • Best hopes… worst fears” connection to Meeting 1

  • Read and analyze for common themes & trends


  • How to find, read, and utilize Advanced Learning Plans and ELL Plans

    • Pre-Assessment

    • How to find, read and utilize Advanced Learning Plans

    • How to find, read and utilize ELL Plans

    • Identifying common language in plans

    • Post-Assessment



  • Debriefing the reading

    • Share one strategy from the reading that was either a good reminder or a new tool you could use with your students this semester; brainstorm ways to use a strategy this semester.

  • GT survey


  • Assignments for next time:

    • Use one of the informal pre-assessment strategies with your students.

    • With your partner, create a pre- and post- assessment that you can use with your students prior to next month’s meeting. For the next meeting bring…

      • 10 copies of the pre-/post- assessment

      • Student results

    • Read pages 38-56 in the green packet.

    • Read pages 84-155 in The Cluster Grouping Handbook (Chapters 5 and 6).





You now have a cluster of ELL students and/or GT students in one or more of your classes. What are your best hopes and worst fears as we embark on Clustering this year?

  • Hopes: that the clustering helps the kids in each class achieve their highest potential without feeling either slowed down, or totally lost. It also helps us with differentiation.Fears: that it becomes the equivalent of tracking. I already noticed a difference in the dynamics of the two classes, and I'm already aware that I have to be careful in how I approach my ELL/resource class. I have to make sure I keep the expectations as high.


  • Best hopes: clustering will make differentiation more effective. I think we will be able meet the needs of all learners with more efficiency and effectiveness. Worst fear: that our ELL class will be working at a lower level. Lower achieving students may not be influenced by the higher achievers and on the other end, the gifted cluster class will miss out on diverse cultural perspectives.


  • Students will be met where they are in terms of instruction and materials -a differentiated classroom where different students are doing different things at different times.


  • I fear my own ability to build appropriate challenge.


  • Parents of GT, under the radar ELL, bored GT.


  • Hopes: That I tap into all students' potential and inspire them to become their best self.Fear: That I will waste my students' time with meaningless activities.

  • I have very limited worries as our class does not seem, to me, be very diverse.






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