November 26, 2018
Big Shout out to Ms. Merta and all that helped out with the Book Fair and Reading Under The Stars. Great Job!
Big Shout out to Ms. Densmore for preparing our 3rd graders to sing at the Reading Under The Stars Event!
Big Shout out to Mr. Flores, Mr. Govea, and the rest of the Specials Team for a wonderful Turkey Trot!
Dates to Remember
26 - PBIS lead meeting
27 - Relay Team out at training/ ELPS Training during your planning time
28 - Relay Team out at training
29- 5th grade Field Trip
30 - PBIS lead meeting at Moss Haven 12:30-4:00
Next Week at Stults:
Planning/ Staff meetings
Staff meetings -
PBIS Presentation- 3:15-3:45
No Data Meetings
12/3- Kinder and 1st Grade ELAR MOY
12/5- 5th and 6th Grade Science MOY
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Pre-K/PPCD: Mon. 11-11:30
Kinder: Wed. 11:20-11:50
1st grade: Wed. 12:35-1:15
2nd grade Tues and Wed.: 1:20-2:05
3rd grade: Wed. 10:30-11:15
4th grade: Thurs. 9:45-10:25
5th grade: Thurs. 8:35-9:20
6th grade:Wed. 7:55-8:30
Specials: Thursday 2:10-2:50
ILT: Friday 10:00-12:30
ESL: Wed. 3:15-4:00
RISD Employee Handbook reminders:
Please remember start time for ALL staff is at the latest 7:35am. Unless there is special circumstance that has been cleared by your evaluator, this is always the expectation.
Being at your door at 7:40am, unless you have duty, is also a must. It helps our students start their day off well and gets them prepared for the kind of day you want them to have.
All In Learning
Report Cards and Grading Requirements
2nd Nine Weeks Deadlines:
- The 2nd 9 weeks begins Monday – you must have 2 grades per week per core subject for every student in your classroom more than 10 days. (There are only 8 weeks in the next rotation so you will need 16 grades).
- The end of this nine weeks will also be the end of the semester so you must include Tech, health etc. (that some of you may not have done this first time)
- Grade posting for this quarter opens on Dec. 7 for kinder and Dec 14 for 1-6. All grades are due and report cards complete by Wednesday, Dec. 18th.
- Awards assembly for this nine weeks will be Friday, December 21st 3-6 8:15 and K-2 9:15
All Things PBIS
The class cafeteria reward system is currently being revamped to ensure ALL classes that reach the 15 days of PRIDE behavior in the cafeteria receives a reward.
Weekly Food for Thought - Just for you this week!
What Is Differentiated Instruction?
At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Whenever a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group to vary his or her teaching in order to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction.
Teachers can differentiate at least four classroom elements based on student readiness, interest, or learning profile:
- Content – what the student needs to learn or how the student will get access to the information;
- Process – activities in which the student engages in order to make sense of or master the content;
- Products – culminating projects that ask the student to rehearse, apply, and extend what he or she has learned in a unit; and
- Learning environment – the way the classroom works and feels.
Examples of differentiating content at the elementary level include the following:
- Using reading materials at varying readability levels;
- Putting text materials on tape;
- Using spelling or vocabulary lists at readiness levels of students;
- Presenting ideas through both auditory and visual means;
- Using reading buddies; and
- Meeting with small groups to re-teach an idea or skill for struggling learners, or to extend the thinking or skills of advanced learners.
Examples of differentiating process or activities at the elementary level include the following:
- Using tiered activities through which all learners work with the same important understandings and skills, but proceed with different levels of support, challenge, or complexity;
- Providing interest centers that encourage students to explore subsets of the class topic of particular interest to them;
- Developing personal agendas (task lists written by the teacher and containing both in-common work for the whole class and work that addresses individual needs of learners) to be completed either during specified agenda time or as students complete other work early;
- Offering manipulatives or other hands-on supports for students who need them; and
- Varying the length of time a student may take to complete a task in order to provide additional support for a struggling learner or to encourage an advanced learner to pursue a topic in greater depth.
Examples of differentiating products at the elementary level include the following:
- Giving students options of how to express required learning (e.g., create a puppet show, write a letter, or develop a mural with labels);
- Using rubrics that match and extend students' varied skills levels;
- Allowing students to work alone or in small groups on their products; and
- Encouraging students to create their own product assignments as long as the assignments contain required elements.
Examples of differentiating learning environment at the elementary level include:
- Making sure there are places in the room to work quietly and without distraction, as well as places that invite student collaboration;
- Providing materials that reflect a variety of cultures and home settings;
- Setting out clear guidelines for independent work that matches individual needs;
- Developing routines that allow students to get help when teachers are busy with other students and cannot help them immediately; and
- Helping students understand that some learners need to move around to learn, while others do better sitting quietly (Tomlinson, 1995, 1999; Winebrenner, 1992, 1996).
Duty for the week of Nov. 26th:
Exit Area Cafeteria: Bicknell
Kinder Table: Penny
1st and 2nd Tables: Chavez
Breakfast Table: McCrory
Daycare Care Duty: Knight, Woodruff, Bundage, Sumrall, and Schoelkopf,
Afternoon Bus: Govea and S. Flores
AM & PM:
A Hallway: McCune
B Hallway: Bustamante
C Hallway: Shollack
Library Door: Crisp
Breakfast Cafeteria: Tyler
Morning Gym: Densmore and Allen
Outside Morning and Afternoon Duty: McCurdy, Carrasco, McMillian, Westfall, Adindu, Hubregsen and Shollack (Afternoon)
Driveway Afternoon Duty
Next week we will play a basketball game that incorporates tag and dribbling in grades 3-6. K-2nd will continue working on basketball dribbling basics and stations.
5th grade – please make sure music field trip forms and money are turned in. We are going on our field trip on November 29th.
3rd grade is excited to perform their program for Reading Under the Stars this week on Nov 15th at 6:00pm. They’re also excited to learn about the instruments of the orchestra by attending a concert performed by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra on Nov 14th.
6th grade is beginning to work on their winter program music on Dec 13th, while 1st and 2nd grade are learning new rhythms through reading writing, and playing them on instruments.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the PE teachers for donating their yoga mats to the art room this year. In art, kinder and 1st grade will be able to incorporate “Art Yoga” into our classroom routine using whole movement to help learn lines, shapes, and other elements of art. We will be able to incorporate it into art centers in a month or two.
All things T-Tess - All In... Everyday!
Walkthroughs and Observations
Your evaluator will be sending you a calendar invite for your week of observation time.
Be sure you use this end of the 9 weeks to update your data and your goal!
Want to Collaborate? Here's your chance!
RS Systems of Support: The TnL team will be offering monthly pacing/tool/ performance assessment/ unit planning in each subject area. These sessions are completely optional; but teachers are encouraged to attend these sessions facilitated by our TnL Curriculum directors and content specialists.
Time 3:45 – 6:00
Course number in True North Logic: #12448 – search for the section that corresponds with your grade level
Credit: Non-Duty credit hours will be awarded
- Science: 2nd Mondays (except October-3rd Monday & March- 1st Monday)
- K-2 ELAR/ SS: 2nd Tuesdays
- ELAR 3-12 3rd Tuesday
- Social Studies: 1st Wednesdays
- Math: 2nd Wednesdays
- Pre-K: 2nd Tuesday
- Bilingual: 3rd Thursday (All elementary)
- ESL: 3rd Thursday
TnLAlways Here: Have a question? Need assistance? Here is a directory of the TnL staff – who is happy to support you and the teachers on your campus - please share with your staff https://docs.google.com/document/d/14sP2Wyw2_39DdwCoTVWUydqRRDw5t6w5or-aQQLSp68/edit?usp=sharing