February 13th, 2018
Be Kind ... Just Because
Tuesday February 13
@4 PM: Cultural Competency Meeting
Thursday February 15
@ 8 AM Sharp: Where I'm From Poem Gallery Walk & Share Staff Meeting
@ 5:30-8:30: BSE Math and Science Night
Monday February 19
Tuesday February 20
Makeup Snowday - teachers and adults school in session
Friday February 23
@ 7:50 AM: Bear Breakfast
@6:30-9:30 PM HSE Foundation Game Day Event (get tickets here).
Monday February 26-March 9
Schedule coming soon: ISTEP Part I Testing Window
(may adjust specials schedule)
Cultivating Curiosity - Why is curiosity such a powerful tool in learning?
- Curiosity jump-starts and sustains intrinsic motivation, allowing deep earning to happen with ease.
- Curiosity releases dopamine, which not only brings pleasure, but also improves observation memory.
- Curious people exhibit enhanced cognitive skills.
"When we as teachers recognize that we are partners with our students in life's long and complex journey, when we begin to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve for simply being, then we are on the road to becoming worthy teachers. It is just that simple-and that difficult."
by William Ayers
Ostroff, W. (2016). Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning. Alexandria VA, ASCD.
HSE Teachers visit Center Grove Innovation Center
Here you will find 3rd and 4th grade HSE teachers being curious and observing to learn while visiting Pleasant Grove Elementary. Follow them @PleasantGroveEl on Twitter.
Here you see children at the Center Grove Innovation Center being handed materials and given freedom to plan, design, and fail at attempts to create a parachute that will sustain height in a tube above a fan. Follow the Innovation Lab @centergrovetech on Twitter.
STEM stimulates curiousity
Here children are putting together their research, materials, and failed designs to create a roller coaster for Holliday World without going over budget. "What if we....?" Follow more STEM challenges using #cgi3
Is BSE a Trauma Informed School?
This FlipGrid includes 5 staff members that share how shifts in each of their spaces have positively impacted relationships with ALL kids. Do you feel like you have a child that has driven you to new practices that benefit all kids? Password: BSE
Project Documentation - 2018 Refresh
February has come and will pass quickly. My quest is to ensure that every hall and wall has one project documentation posted and in a manner that is student centered and crisp to the eye. Some of you have them up and have had them for a long duration. Don't take those down, they are beautiful and share a wonderful message. If you don't have a project posted yet, please capture the next one you have and get it up for all to see. Leave it the rest of the year! Not sure if you should or should not....ask me and i'll be happy to offer my professional feedback.
Thank you all for marketing the amazing work you engage with our children at BSE! A special thanks to Maggie Flynn who has been whipping up so many amazing pieces of interactive art throughout the building. Thanks to each of you who have developed a permanent project frame and all of you who will soon create one. Our environment tells our story and it is a wonderful one!
TV's with power....they are better!
Thank you Kyle for getting our apple TV's up and ready.
If you wish to Airplay to them these are the names you choose when selecting the Apple TV.
TV in the Collaboratory is named: BSE_Collaboratory
TV by Mrs. Swanson’s Room is named: BSE_Vizio1
TV by Mrs. Siwik’s Room is named: BSE_Vizio2
Retention 2017-2018 Process
Response to Instruction Updates
- In September 2017, 129 were brought up by individual teachers with concerns with behavior, reading, and/or math.
- 87 (13%) of those children were entered into the RTI system receiving support.
- 19 children were recently exited from RTI due to multiple data points showing significant growth.
- Current number of students receiving RTI support K-4: 68 (9%)
Next round of RTI one on ones will take place mid March. Be on the look out for sign ups early March.
Look Who's Talking!
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such amazing students here at BSE. They have such an unbelievable set of experiences and viewpoints to share.
How are kids talking in your class? Research shows that speaking is an integral part of the learning process for Multilingual Learners. They learn from talking to you and talking with their peers, but studies show that the average ELL speaks under 5 minutes a day in class. I’m passionate about student talk because of the benefits for Multilingual Learners, but it applies to others, too.
Turn and talk is a great way to start getting kids talking, but how can we get the most out of these experiences? Check out this short article for an opportunity for self-analysis and enhancement ideas.
Are you ready to take student talk a step further? Increasing the oracy in your classroom can benefit kids in a multitude of ways and this article gives practical advice to encourage meaningful discussions in your classroom.
Finally, these discourse moves are a practical way to increase the depth of the discussions in math and science.
I have more resources I can share to scaffold these experiences for your students. Let me know if I can help.