Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Important Writing Assessment Information for Tennessee Teachers

  • The test will be administered online to all students on the MIST platform except for students that require Braille test forms
  • There will be a total of six unique test forms. Test forms will be written for the following grades/bands:
    • Grade 3
    • Grades 4-5
    •  Grades 6-7
    • Grades 8
    • Grades 9-10
    • Grade 11
  • All students in Grades 3-11 will read two written texts, otherwise known as stimulus passages. No multimedia texts will be included.
  • Like last year, written texts will include social studies or science topics in order to demonstrate the possible range of informational reading. Text prompts will not require background information. Scoring will not privilege prior knowledge about the topic.
  • Texts will be chosen for a variety of factors, including quality, style, and subject matter, and will be reviewed by teachers for sensitivity. All texts will be authentic passages from previously published sources or well-known authors.
  • All texts will be appropriately complex for the given grade/band as determined by the staircase of complexity in Tennessee’s English Language Arts/Literacy standards (in the case of a grade band such as 4-5, texts will be aligned to the middle of the complexity range between the two grades).
  • Students in Grades 3-5 will read two texts and write one essay:
    • One prose constructed response essay about both texts. The essay will be either informational/explanatory or opinion.
  • Students in Grades 6-11 will read two texts and write two essays:
    • The first prose constructed response essay will be about the first text and will be informational/explanatory.
    • The second prose constructed response essay will be an argument about both texts.
  • Total time will equal a maximum of 2 hours in grades 3-5 and 2.5 hours in grades 6-11. 
  • The time on task allowed for this assessment will be 1.5 hours for grades 3-5 and 2 hours for grades 6-11. Teachers will be allowed to institute a 30 minute break at their discretion.
  • The following tools will be provided to all students:
    • Pencil (provided by proctor)
    • Blank scratch paper (provided by proctor)
    • Highlighter (MIST)
    • Notepad: provides a space for students to type notes while reading passages (MIST)
    • Flag items for review (MIST)
    • Zoom in/out (MIST)
    • Writing process tools including bold, underline, copy, cut, and paste (MIST) – Note: students may copy, cut and paste within their written response, but not from the reading passage
    • Spell check
  • The rubrics used to score the 2015 test will remain the same as the 2014 TCAP Writing Assessment.
  • New practice prompts that mimic the design of the 2015 Writing Assessment will also be released for all grades, 3-11 in PDF format and also available online through the MIST literacy portal for online practice.
  • Practice prompts from the 2013-14 school year will continue to be available in PDF format on and on the MIST literacy portal for online practice. Scoring materials for these prompts are also included on

Please let me know if you have any questions about the writing assessment.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Peek at my Week: Lesson Plans and Materials

I am linking up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughing for Peek at my Week. 

Click on the picture to download my lesson plans 

Resources from Lessons: 

     Hope everyone has a great year! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tennessee Teachers: SPI Checklist for 2014-2015 School Year

Updated: 3/14/15

       I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I've had a lot of questions about the checklists for the 2014-2015 TCAP test. I've listed them all with links to download/print the checklists below.

3rd Grade

4th Grade 
5th Grade 
6th Grade 

7th Grade 
8th Grade

        I like that they give you percentages for each category. Please let me know if there are any other resources you are looking for. Comment below!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When Thursday: Daily Schedule

I'm joining Blog Hoppin' for When Thursday. You can take a look into other teachers day. 

I also often spend a part of my weekend preparing for the week ahead. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Who Monday...Linky!

I am joining Blog Hoppin' for their Who Monday linky. 


I am married to my wonderful husband Eric of six years. 

We have two fur babies, named Duke and Duchess. 

School Life 

I've been a cheer coach for the last three years for the JV and Varsity cheer squads. I love all my girls and have a blast with them. 

I am also the lead Beta Club sponsor. We travel to Nashville each year to compete in various academic and arts competitions. 

Fun with the honey

We love any outdoor activities! 

Head over the Blog Hoppin' to check out other great teachers! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Made It

   I am joining 4th Grade Frolics for Made It Monday. 

I created quick and simple gifts for the ladies on my 5th/6th grade team. 

I found this sweet little tags at Eighteen25 blog

That's all I have for today. I'm wore out from our first full day of school. I'm going to hit the hay early tonight. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Peek at My Week: Lesson Plans with Resources

     I am joining Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for Peek at My Week. Each week of 2014-2015 I've made the goal to share my lesson plans and resources with all my awesome readers and followers. 

Click here to download August 11th-15th lesson plans. 

Each day I have an agenda for class. I use it for two reasons: 1. So I don't forget to do something. 2. So I am not asked a thousand times.....What are we doing? Click here to download this week's agendas. 

I end every day with an exit ticket. It a great quick check for understanding. Click here to get this week's exit tickets. 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Classroom Tour

   I have pictures to share with everyone of my finished room! (Yay)

Front door of my classroom. The adorable Red Devil wreath was given to me by an awesome parent! 

View from the back door! 

Small group and guided reading table!

This is my computer charging station and supplies for the dry erase board! 

Accountable talk bubbles, Exit Ticket, and the Comfy chair! 

Our class library! 

Pick Me Sticks, Exit Tickets, and Student Index Cards

View from the front door!

My standards. I found that neat pointer, it spins and I'm not sure what to do with it yet. 

Student supply table! 

Teacher area! 

Another view from the back door! 

Another view from the front door. 

I hope you enjoyed your tour....if you have a tour of your classroom I would love to see it. Comment below with a link. 

I've joined Primary Gal for Extreme Makover: Classroom Edition. Go over and check out all the great classroom tours. 

    I've joined Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera for her weekly Snapshot Linky. Go check out all the other awesome pictures!

Swimming into Second
I am also joining Swimming into Second for Show Off Your Space Linky. Go check out all the awesome classrooms! 

So many great linkys! I'm also joining Just A Primary Girl for her Teaching Space Linky. Go check out even more awesome classrooms on her page!

Lastly I'm joining Blog Hoppin' for their awesome classroom tour linky. I love, love seeing other teachers classrooms.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Memes To Introduce Rules with a Freebie

     My first day of school is tomorrow! I'll be posting my classroom reveal tomorrow. Tonight I have my classroom rules Power Point to share with you. I have a collection of memes on Pinterest that you can find here. I'm using some of those memes to introduce my class rules.

      The Power Point has 13 slides, but you can edit it after you download it. Click here to download for free! Good luck to all of my readers that return to school tomorrow and next week.