February, 2016

Second Semester In Full Swing!

Make sure that you are working toward students successfully completing post assessments for your SLOs. They should be finished by the end of this month. Please feel free to see me if you have any questions.

Be on the lookout for an email containing a survey from me to assist you with your professional development needs. Please take a few minutes to complete it in order to provide you with pd that is relevant to your needs.

As Valentine's Day approaches, Greg Tang has released another math challenge for students. It is done at home and is a great way to encourage math practice at each grade level. The link is below if you are interested.

The focus on small group instruction and student conversations using "accountable talk" continues. Encouraging students to voice their learning and listen and respond to others' ideas promotes a collaborative environment and long term learning. Though the examples below are from mathematics classrooms, the use of collaborative conversations has been long-standing in the ELA classroom.

Math Number Talks and Collaborative Conversations

Number Talks

Watch this video from Teaching Channel to see a second grade number talk with students leading the conversations in small groups! Our Primary Team, led by Marie, saw a great video with intermediate students on Professional Development Day about this topic.

Intermediate Math Talk

For the intermediate grades, here are the videos that we watched in our Primary Professional Study Day.

Try It Tomorrow!

Check out this padlet where students record and discuss what they are reading. Another way to think about Padlet...

Reading Sites

For those of you looking for new websites for students to listen to reading, below is a link to Really Good Stuff's blog. The blog contains a link to 11 free websites for students. Some of them may already be familiar to you, but hopefully you will find some new sites to add to your collection!

“My definition of a good teacher has changed from one who explains things so well that students understand to one who gets students to explain things so well that they can be understood.”

(Steven C. Reinhart, “Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!” Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 5, 8 [2000]:478)

Sites to Bookmark - Inspiring Sites for teachers

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