Accomplished Phase

Critical Tip of the Month

The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “accomplished” as: marked by proficiency, adept, experienced, masterful, practiced, proficient and skilled.  By this time of the school year, these descriptors should fit most CHILD/TEAMS teachers and their students.

According to the CHILD Effective Practices form, “accomplished” is defined by the following descriptors:

  • All CHILD procedures are used effectively.
  • All students are following cluster rules and procedures.
  • Transition time is seamless and timely.
  • All six stations are up and running, and are used on a regular basis.
  • Students are managing their own movement between stations.
  • On-task behavior is high.
  • Teacher Station is available for small groups throughout station time.
  • Teachers are making customized activities using CHILD Task Card template to differentiate instruction.
  • Student reflections are evident in Passports and modeling is continued.
  • Passports have been sent home and returned with parent comments.
  • Cluster meetings are being held weekly to make connections across subject areas.
  • Teachers have observed in at least one other CHILD classroom.

Evaluate yourself using the CHILD Self-Evaluation form to see where you still need practice.  Collaborate with your clustermates or reach out to your administration or a CHILD representative for help as needed.

Common Core Standards and the CHILD/TEAMS Task Card

The Common Core State Standards Initiative focuses on preparing students for the future, whether for college and/or career.  Their Mission Statement reads:

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The CHILD Task Card is a tool that uses Common Core Standards to deliver an instructional activity based on the principals of the mission statement above:

  • defined student expectations
  • robust and relevant real-world activities
  • knowledge and skills needed for student success.

As you continue planning for stations this year, visit the website under Teacher Resources for activities that meet this criteria.  This part of the  website is “Under Renovation” over the next few months, so visit often to find additional activities for small group instruction.  Use the Creating Stations with the End in Mind card to guide you in designing your own activities as well.

References  Common Core Standards State Initiative  Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

CHILD/TEAMS Essential Component:  Students use a record-keeping tool (Passport or Work Log) and Task Cards to develop 21st century skills.

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