How We Do Business

W.A. Pattillo’s Curriculum Norms
Rashard Curmon, Assistant Principal
Our Declaration

W.A. Pattillo will be Edgecombe Counties
highest performing middle school.

Our motto: Learning for ALL...Whatever It
● PLC Norms
● Common Instructional Framework
● Teach Like a Champion Techniques
● Literacy Plan (Reading/Writing)
● Serving from the Heart
Common Instructional
● Lesson Plans
● Essential Questions
● Objectives
● Word Wall
● I Can Statements
● Daily Agenda
● Instructional Data notebook
Common Instructional
● Literacy across the Content
● Reading Challenge (I Am Reading)
● Common Formative Assessments
Effective Word Wall
Teach Like a Champion

“A superb preventative medicine, but less effective as a cure”
- Doug Lemov
Best Practices
● Predictable
● Systematic
● Positive
● Scaffolded
● Follow-on
● Hands Up/Hands Down
● Timing the name
○ Question. Pause. Name.
● Pair with other engagement techniques (Call & Response, Pepper)
Technique 41 - Threshold
Make a habit of getting the
routine right from the
beginning - either at the
beginning of the day, class, or
● Set expectations the minute the students
walk in the door.
● Greet them and remind them of your
classroom expectations
● Establish rapport, set the tone, and reinforce
the first steps in your classroom routine
● Have your materials prepared and ready
● One simple consequence: do it wrong - go
back and try it again
● Accomplishes two things:
○ helps develop a personal connection between you
and the students
○ reinforce classroom expectations
Guess what?

These strategies work on adults too!
Literacy Plan
● Analyze our current literacy culture.

● Assess literacy & assessment practices.

● Outline a strategic plan of action.
Here’s What: Literacy Culture
● Shared belief that literacy is important.
● Lack of training and education.
● Unclear expectations.
● Inadequate access to appropriate leveled material.
● All stakeholders (district, school, parents & community are not
involved in academic initiatives.)
Here’s What: (2016-2017)
Current Literacy Practices
● Mostly whole class instruction ● Accelerated Reader
● Teacher-centered instruction; lots of ● HillRAP
teacher talk and lecture. ● Articles of the Week (Kelly Gallagher)
● Basic, low rigor questions, ● Intervention/Enrichment (Edgenuity,
● Heavy front-loading of information Target groups)
● Teachers using technology at front of room ● SuccessMaker (Focused Intervention)
● Little evidence of writing ● Scholastic Reading Routines (Cloze
● Provided vocabulary and definition list Reading, Modeled Reading, Guided
● Reading isolated passages Reading, Independent Reading)
● Test preparation
● Worksheet usage
So What:
● What steps could be taken next?

● What strategies might be most effective?

● What does this data make you think about in terms of
your own practice? About teaching and learning in
Now What ?
Literacy Learning Literacy Culture
● Revising current curriculum ● Staff Book Read
guides ● Reading Labs
● Explicitly teach & model ● “I Am Currently Reading”
strategies ● Classroom Designated Reading
● Independent & Guided Reading Area.
● Writing Folder ● Reading Across America
● Vocabulary (roots, prefix, Challenge
One Step at a time...

“Trying gets us closer to
Think about it…
Do you want your own child to be a student in
your classroom or school?

Explain why or why not.