Curriculum Connections

News from Ms. Welch CST

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 4 Holiday-NO SCHOOL

Sept. 5-16 FastBridge Testing

Sept. 7 Heather at CST Meeting all day

Sept. 11-15 College Week

Sept. 11 SGC Meeting 7:15am

Sept. 11 IOWA Readiness Test

Sept. 11 Preconferences begin

Sept. 21 RUOS Coaching Day 3-5

Sept. 22 RUOS Coaching Day K-2

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PAWS Basic Training for New Teachers 0-3 years

We had a great introductory meeting this past Thursday!

Just to recap, we discussed the following:

1. What is going well?

2. What is a challenge?

3. Walk through observations to help guide short/long term goal(s)

4. Monthly school based work/check ins

5. Supports in place-mentor, grade level, Heather, Michelle

6. Duty day(s) to observe other teachers/peers

Our next check in is 9-20-17 at 2:45 in the Collab Room

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Upcoming RUOS Work at Manning Oaks Elementary

This is a full day of job embedded coaching. Amy and Cindy will be arranging subs for you. Read more below:
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Join the Teacher's College Units of Study Twitter Chats

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Management Tip: Sign language in the classroom:

Children learn faster when they can hear, see and feel the words they are learning. Consider using a few signs to as a positive multi-modal teaching/management solution. I implemented these American Sign Language signs (along with the ASL alphabet) in my classroom. They were great for students to use across the room or in the hall. Using the sign(s) did not require talking or interrupting my small group instruction. I could nod or shake my head no to acknowledge the request. I used the alphabet with students learning letters and letter sounds or to check for understanding. There are many classroom signs available that are not ASL but I wanted my students to learn so they could utilize it in the real world if they wished. Teachers can use sign language to:

  1. Manage students behavior
  2. Keep students actively engaged
  3. Assist students in literacy development of phonics, reading, and spelling
  4. Assist students in speech development
  5. Assist students in language development
  6. Promote positive peer to peer communication and interactions
Other ideas:
  1. Enhance calendar and circle time
  2. Pair with phonics for alphabet and letter/sound learning
  3. Pair with sight words with printed text for faster reading development
  4. Use finger spelling with printed spelling words
  5. Enhance vocabulary acquisition for new words
  6. Enhance speech and language development with students with disabilities
  7. Enhance speech and language development with students who are Second Language Learners (ELL)
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