FRIDAY FLASH

Important RCPS Updates

"If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something."

~Neil Gaiman

Great Things Going On!

  • Many of you are having great conversations with me, with one another and even across grade levels to improve your instructional practices, learn new strategies, solve problems or grow yourselves as educators. Kudos to all of you for stretching yourselves...you are all out there doing something good for your students!
  • Community helpers were in our building this week visiting preschoolers. What a great way to get our community members inside our school to see all the amazing things we have going on!
  • Kindergarten and second grade students were working on math problems at the DOK 2 and 3 levels this week. Students were not only solving problems but justifying their answers through collaborative conversation. Great steps toward building our primary students skills for the ISTEP+!

Upcoming Events

Week of February 22-26

Monday, Feb. 22

Last Day to sign up for our Mid-Winter Party

9:30 am--Carroll Elementary Preschool Visit


Tuesday, Feb. 23

10:05 am--Kindergarten Data Meeting

10:50 am--First Grade Data Meeting


Wednesday, Feb. 24

7:10 am--Wednesday PD--Preparing Student for Math Assessements @ RCPS

9:30 am--Preschool Team Meeting


Thursday, Feb. 25

Petting Zoo for Preschool and Kindergarten

8:45 am--Second Grade Data Meeting


Friday, Feb. 26

Petting Zoo for Preschool and Kindergarten

All Day--Norris out--available via text and email all day

6:00 pm--Mid-Winter Party @ Carpenter Creek Cellars

Week of February 29-March 4

Monday, Feb. 29


Tuesday, March 1

10:05 am--Kindergarten Data Meeting

10:50 am--First Grade Data Meeting

6:00 pm--PTA Meeting in Van Library


Wednesday, March 2

7:10 am--Wednesday PD-- @ RCPS

9:30 am--Preschool Team Meeting


Thursday, March 3

8:45 am--Second Grade Data Meeting


Friday, March 4

Nuts & Bolts

Accountable Talk--talk that is meaningful, respectful and mutually beneficial to both speaker and listener. Accountable talk requires that students ask for and furnish evidence to support their statements. Accountable talk stimulates higher-order thinking--helping students to learn, reflect on their learning and communicate their knowledge and understanding.


Typically when people hear Accountable Talk, they think about discussions in reading, science and especially social studies. However, Accountable Talk can be used in math as well. Accountable Math Talking Stems are used to help student explain, justify and critique classroom work.


At the following website, you can find Accountable Math Talking Stems that are aligned to the Standards of Mathematical Practice. You can purchase the pre-made cards at Teachers Pay Teachers for $3.50 or use pictures from the website to create you own. These stems could be a great first step in raising the DOK of some of your math block.


http://24-7teacher.blogspot.com/2012/07/accountable-math-talk-stems.html