Strategies Professional Development
Makes Sense Strategies (MSS) videos series explores the MSS
Toolkit, provides directions to access and use
the software, features
instruction routines, and provides samples
created by teachers to address specific learning
in Alabama Schools
professional development training must be
conducted annually for all newly hired teachers,
administrators, evaluators and others, as
appropriate; in Alabama Public Schools.
professional development is organized into
Complete the training in the order in
which it is presented, starting with Part I:
Introduction, Part II: Specific
Discipline, Part III:
Big Bang Graphic Organizer Instructional
Routines, and ending with Part IV:
Handouts for the MSS professional
development video series are located in each
training section part.
To view and print handouts for each part
of MSS professional development,
click on the title of each clip. If you have
problems with the handout or teacher assessment,
try downloading the document to your desktop.
Then open it from your saved file
Part 1. Introduction
Click the link to view all three videos and download handouts:
Makes Sense Strategies Introduction
What If Introduction
Whats the Big Deal about Graphic Organizers?
MSS software tour
MSS SPE Teachers Instructions
2. Specific Discipline
Select from the menu below the area that best matches the type of
position for which you have been hired.
1. If you are a special education teacher,
then select the option that best aligns
with the curriculum area that you spend
the majority of your time supporting (e.g. if
you will be co-teaching math courses in
grade 9, then select "MATH, grades 6-12").
2. We recommend that physical education
teachers select one of the science
3. We recommend that ROTC teachers
select the Social Studies (grades 9-12) option.
Administrators & Instructional Leaders
Coordinator, Professional Developer, Reading
childhood (K-3) Teacher
Intermediate (4-5) Teacher
Language Arts (grades 6-8) Teacher
Social Studies (grades 6-8) Teacher
Science (grades 6-8) Teacher
Language Arts (grades 9-12) Teacher
Science (grades 9-12) Teacher
Social Studies (grades 9-12) Teacher
Math (grades 6-12) Teacher
Part 3. "Big
Bang Graphic Organizer Instructional Routines"
Click the link to view all
five videos and download handouts:
GO Instruction Big Ideas
BEFORE Lesson GO Routines
DURING Lesson Reading GO Routines
DURING Lesson Writing GO Routines
AFTER Lesson GO Routines
Part 4: Teacher Assessment
Click the link to open the teacher
assessment. Answer each question, then
save and print.
Assessment for Administrators and Instructional
Note: If you have problems with
the handouts or teacher assessment, try
downloading documents to your desktop first,
then open from there.