March 6, 2015

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Teaching the 5 Rs...

The Five Rs strategy is an excellent way to formalize and elevate classroom discussion beyond simple recall:

Respond, repeat, restate, rebut, and reinforce – When a student finishes responding to a question, the teacher tosses a ball to another student and says, “Repeat” and the student tries to reiterate what the first student said. The ball then returns to the first student, who is asked to “Restate” if the previous student didn’t capture his or her meaning. The ball then comes back to the teacher, who tosses it to another student and says, “Rebut” and that student has to either disagree or agree with the original response and give a reason. The ball then goes to another randomly selected student to “Reinforce” – this student has the option to support either the original response or the rebuttal with additional supporting evidence.

I would expect that use of this strategy repeatedly with classroom discussions would also have a positive impact on their writing. Try it and let me know your thoughts.

Source: Teachers Pay Teachers

PTA needs our help.

Kelsey Everett, Committee Chair, is well on her way preparing for a wonderful event for our students. While I realize every grade level has already supported an event this year, I wanted to at least push this out to everyone to consider helping if you can. The Spring Carnival is one of our biggest events. Any help you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Here is the link to browse through some of the options available:

Gallup Survey

Gwinnett County Public Schools is once again partnering with the Gallup Organization to conduct the Q12 Engagement survey for our teachers and school leaders. The ongoing goal of this partnership is to help us identify areas of strength and growth within our school. The Q12 survey, consisting of 12 questions plus 2 specific for GCPS, will be launched directly to you beginning March 16, 2015.

This three-minute survey is taken online via a secure website maintained by Gallup. Gallup collects all the responses, aggregates the data, and compiles a series of reports for GCPS overall and for our schools. GCPS will only receive school level data, which ensures individual employee confidentiality.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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