September 11, 2015
Innovation Nights at Howe
Here are the dates for our Innovation Nights:
- October 8
- November 12
- December 9
- January 6
- February 10
- March 8
- April 5
- May 10
These evening activities from 4:00 - 5:00 P.M. have replaced our "Tech Nights", for a couple of reasons. First, technology training without context does not transfer well into practice. Second, the idea of focusing on technology for trainings seemed limited. Not every activity is conducive to using digital tools, and may even be a hindrance to the learning. Third, by expanding these evenings to include a variety of activities that are innovative, we honor more ways to showcase our talents and learn from each other.
Each night will offer two options for staff, students, and families. One will likely have a technology slant to it, while the other may be more hands-on. Here is what we have planned for the first trimester, taking place in the LMC:
Option 1: Using Online Tools to Design Flyers and Newsletters
Option 2: How to Write Grants and Raise Funds for Classrooms
Option 1: Computer Coding and Gaming Analysis
Option 2: Responsive Language for Teachers and Parents
If you are interested in hosting a session for a future Innovation Night, there are several openings left in the school year. Staff who lead a session will be compensated for their time. I think this will be an exciting opportunity to celebrate all of the creativity, talent and intelligence that is evident in our school community. For an inspirational message about the importance of creativity in schools, check out Ken Robinson's most recent TED Talk video (below). I have a copy of his book Creative Schools if you are interested in reading it.
Our interventionists were very busy this week as we started our fall tests. The creative ways in which we administer these screeners, such as coming to the students' classrooms to lead or support the assessment, are appreciated.
Optimal Learning Model
During my classroom visits recently, I noticed many fine examples of teachers using shared demonstration and guided practice during their instruction. Keep up the strong work!
Walking School Bus
We are looking for parent volunteers to lead walking school buses at Howe. These are safe school routes, in which a trusted adult picks up students at their residence along the way to school. If you know of a reliable adult that might be a good fit, please let the office know.
Optimal Learning Model
- A parent sharing their appreciation for seeing their child's learning posted on FreshGrade