ESTHER WU: Before we do our seminar, I’d like for us to do some goal setting today.
ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: The common core has become a part of my teacher DNA. It is the blueprint of my unit plans; it is the blueprint of my lesson plans. It also has become the blueprint of my grade book.
ESTHER WU: Coaches. You’re going to complete the scoring guide on the front side of the green paper.
ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: So in my grade book, the categories that I have are reading of literature, reading of informational texts, speaking, discussion speaking, presentation, listening, writing in the different modes, academic language. And what’s wonderful about this is that when a student goes into his or her grade printout they can see very clearly OK, I’m really, I’m proficient at speaking, I’m really struggling with writing. They are able to identify for themselves what their strengths and weaknesses are in this discipline. And parents can also see this and when they come for student conferences and parent conferences, we just get straight to the heart of the matter: “You know, my student is really having a hard time making inferences in literature, how can we help our son or daughter do that?”