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PLCS: Four Essential Questions

Professional Learning Communities Four Essential Questions and how we respond


  1.      What do we expect our students to learn?        (Goals/Expectations)

Building and Class Expectations (rules)                                   

Teach Learning expectations

Meet or Exceed in all curricular areas required by the state

such as, state goals, benchmarks, and core standards at grade level or above grade levels.

Vocabulary curriculum


Predicting, Imaging, Inferring, Questioning, Summarizing, Connecting

Extended response with rubric                                                  

Teacher goals

Increased vocabulary in all academic areas                             

Comprehension in all academic areas

Personal Information                                                                   

Self Care Skills


Communication skills – Verbal/Written

Read, Write, Apply, Comprehend


  1.      How will we know they are learning?                   (Assessment)


Teachers Observations

Formative/Summative/Common Assessment                        

Student Reflections/Journals

District Assessments

Mid terms/Report Cards                                                              

Unit/Weekly Test/Quizzes

Pre/Post Test                                                                                  



Item Analysis

Fluency Checks                                                                              


Class participation


  1.      How will we respond when they don’t learn? –Intervention

Differentiated Instructions                                                     

Target Specific skills

Data Item Analysis                                                                   

Leveled Materials (below, on level, above)

Blooms Taxonomy                                                                  

Graphic Organizers


Choice boards

Immediate Feedback 

Flexible Grouping

Guided Reading     

Remediation (math)

Triumph (below level MMH reading series)                       

Teacher shared strategies

Additional time

"Just Kids" Meetings





Reponses to Intervention   (RtI)

  1.        Small Group Instruction 
  2.       Tiered Group Instruction (Tier II, Tier III)
  3.        1 -1
  4.       Centers  (leveled)
  5.       Re-teach – different ways
  6.         Repeat!!!!
  7.       Modify – backtrack, build back ground knowledge
  8.          Tutoring: after school or lunch recess tutor with teacher
  9.         Computer Intervention
  10.        Referral to Problem Solving TeamConferencing (student – teacher; peer –peer)
Grade recovery: re-do correct                                                
Parent contact                                                 
Referral to problem solving team
Extended Responses (math & reading)                                                                    

Daily Word Problem

Journal/Reading Logs                                                             


  1.      How will we respond if they already know it?  (gifted)

Increase Depth of Knowledge


Choice Boards

Use Leveled Readers                                                               

Use Vocabulary to write sentences

Free choice book reading for points                                       

Centers – High Level                                                                

Picture/Writing Journals                                                                     

Enriched – Leveled Reader – Novels                                 

Enrichment (math)

Separate Curriculum                                                                                                                

Group leaders

Peer Tutoring                                                                             

Independent Projects