The Bulldog Buzz!
Week of January 27, 2020
How will you think like a scientist to understand the world around you?
The Great Kindness Challenge!
Lesson Plans Due
Monday, Jan. 27th, 8am
- To the 3rd Grade Team: My Chat & Chew block is during your lunch period this week. If you would to dialog about any of our initiatives, share questions or just have a laugh...let me know!
Monday, Jan. 27th, 8:30am to Friday, Jan. 31st, 2pm
- Please have a representative from each team email your release day schedule to Joan and Nina. Thank you!
- Data is due on 2/7. Please email your spreadsheets Ms. Sweeney & myself
Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 2:30pm
World Cultures Room
- International Club starts back up today!
The MATH SUPERVISOR's POV on...student feedback!
Praise is a powerful tool for teachers! When used effectively, it can influence the behaviors and social interactions of our students. I believe we can also use it to influence the academic behaviors of our students, specifically in math! Consider the Standards of Mathematical Practice. When trying to explain what these practices are to people outside the classroom, I often refer to them as the behaviors of math that will help our students be successful. These behaviors apply to every single grade level, and to every single topic in math. See the pic below for some sample praise statements related to the mathematical practices.
Using this strategy will link directly to the Danielson rubric as well. Each of the following components of Danielson could be affected by using appropriate math praise statements:
- 1a, Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy (feedback to students that furthers their learning)
- 2b, Establishing a Culture for Learning (expectation and recognition of effort and persistence on the part of students)
- 3a, Communicating with Students (clear explanations of concepts and strategies)
- 3c, Engaging Students in Learning (student enthusiasm, interest, thinking, and problem solving)
- 3d, Using Assessment in Instruction (teacher paying close attention to evidence of student understanding and offering feedback)
Specific praise statements are research proven to increase appropriate behaviors in the classroom. I am challenging you now to incorporate this proven technique into your daily math instruction. Let’s start praising the math behaviors that will help our students be more successful! Thank you for a fantastic week & don’t forget to share how you praise math behaviors via email, social media or during an upcoming Chat & Chew!
News & Notes
Showing Kindness Around the World: As part of our Kindness Challenge initiative, the Bullock School is joining hands to help others! See below for two wonderful initiatives that will take place through January 31st.
- We are working with Ms. Romanczyk’s Kindergarten Class in Boston, MA to raise money for an organization called WIRES to help rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife impacted by the bushfires in Australia. Click here for details!
- We are collecting donations for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico. Items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and first aid kits can be dropped off in front of the library.
Bullock's BOOM Board!
Congratulations to both Andi and Amy!! So deserving! Tag
- Shout out to Castro for allowing everything to happen for a reason:)
- Shout out to the 3rd grade team for getting through MAP testing again!
- THANK YOU SARAH!!!!for helping me out with my MAP testing.
- Congratulations Andi on your ESP Award! Well deserved!
- SHOUT OUT TO THE TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR, AYOO!!
- Allison, thank you for running my classroom with the help of a substitute one week back into your student teaching!
Community events/reminders are in bold.
- 02/07: CAST Meetings & Rodgers School Dance (6PM)
- 02/10: Faculty PLC & Team Meetings
- 02/12: PDS Visit
- 02/13: African American Read-in
- 02/14: School Closed-Teacher Inservice
- 02/17: School Closed-Presidents Day
- 02/21: CAST Meetings
- 02/28: Star Student Luncheon