Get your TKES on with CTLS and iRespond!

Are you looking for documentation to demonstrate how you are meeting Performance Standards 5 & 6 of the Georgia Department of Education Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES)? Have you considered iRespond and CTLS Assess?  iRespond provides teachers with a tool to quickly and frequently assess for student learning.  Assessment for learning is when teachers gather, analyze, and use the assessment data to measure student progress, guide their instruction, and give students timely feedback. CTLS Assess is the tool for you to do just that. With CTLS Assess, you can analyze the data collected from assessments to measure student progress, inform your instruction, and provide timely feedback to both students and parents.

 You can use iRespond for a variety of assessment types; diagnostic, formative, and summative. One of the benefits of using iRespond to give assessments and CTLS Assess to review data from given assessments, is that they provide documentation for meeting Performance Standards 5 and 6 of the Georgia Department of Education Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES). The standards state:

Performance Standard 5: Assessment Strategies – The teacher systematically chooses a variety of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment strategies and instruments that are valid and appropriate for the content and student population.

 Performance Standard 6: Assessment Uses – The teacher systematically gathers, analyzes, and uses relevant data to measure student progress, to inform instructional content and delivery methods, and to provide timely and constructive feedback to both students & parents.

Once an assessment is given, you can go to CTLS Asses and run reports on student performance. You can use the data from the report to plan your instruction, differentiate lessons, and provide feedback to students and parents. You can attach the reports to your lesson plans for administrators to review as part of your TKES documentation.

 For more information on using iRespond or CTLS Assess, contact your TTIS.

 

iRespond…How Do You Manage?

Is your iRespond bag collecting dust on a shelf in between required assessments? Many teachers say their biggest frustration with using the remotes is the amount of time it takes to set them up and how often things don’t go as planned. Then there are some classrooms where grabbing an iRespond remote is as natural for students as grabbing a pencil and paper. So, how can you make use of this tool in order to gather information you need without it becoming a hassle or burden?

Chances are, you have some sort of routines and procedures established in your classroom whether you teach kindergarten or Chemistry. Those routines and procedures are what help streamline your classroom, save time, organize you and your students, and minimize unnecessary issues. Using ANY type of technology in the classroom effectively will require routines and procedures as well, and iRespond remotes are no different!

What are some creative ways colleagues have found to manage remotes in their classroom?

Some teachers have found that numbering their remotes and assigning them to specific students helps to both streamline the process of getting remotes in the hands of students, as well as helping to identify remote issues like dying batteries before it’s too late.

For storage options, a simple over the door jewelry organizer or shoe organizer works perfectly for easy access and visibility!

For classrooms with group seating, a basket for the center or end of each table/desk grouping can also put remotes right at the students’ fingertips!

You might even consider assigning a remote to each student and have them stored in or on the student’s desk/table. Some teachers have found that using Velcro helps to give the remotes a special spot for each student. Some even have students bring in a special sock that is used to store their personal remote in their desk.

Take a look at some pictures from colleagues, and let them spark your imagination of ways you can bring the iRespond remotes in as a more routine part of your classroom!

Starting a New School Year with iRespond

As you begin a new school year, you will also begin preparing for formative assessments using iRespond.  If you are using the same iRespond remote kit and teacher laptop as last year, you may not need to re-sync your remotes. However, it is highly recommended that you test your kit before you use your remotes with students for an assessment.  In some cases, a fresh remote list will be necessary.  Click HERE to access the directions on how to sync (collect) your remotes to a new list.

In addition, you may find that you have some remotes that need new batteries. Batteries will be provided through Field Services.  A work order will need to be placed to get batteries unless your local school has been provided batteries by the field technician.

As always, if you need an iRespond refresher or any support with your iRespond kit, please contact your local school TTIS.