The Wolf Tales
Tallwood Elementary School Staff Newsletter
Week of February 15, 2016
Upcoming Events in February
Feb 15- Schools Closed for Presidents Day
Feb 16- Red and Pink Day
Feb 17- Scrabble Day
Feb 18- Western Day
Feb 19- Achieve 3000 Rep visit 3-5 during PE in Pirate Room
Feb 19- PIRATE DAY
Feb 19- PTA Bingo 7 pm
Feb 22- PTA program Temples and Tombs
Feb 23- Va Opera 9:30 and 1:45
Feb 25- Adjusted Dismissal
A BIG Thanks To...
Thank you to Teresa Donaldson for the COUNTLESS ways she makes our EDK class run so smoothly! I couldn't do it without her!!!
Kudos to the 5th grade team for their support in my transition as Leanna's Long Term Sub. Thank you!
Justine L. Pasion-Caiani
Thank you to, Pam Jones & Terrie Meyer for opening the clinic door on these cold wintery mornings; the clinic is warm & toasty when I get here!!!!
Thank you to Ms. Hanley, Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Merce for supplying yummies for the Parent breakfast. Also, thank you to Ms. Storm, Ms. Klepk, Ms. Bulger and Ms. Dantonio for always helping with traffic control and set up!
Tamara J. Schubart
Kudos to Stephanie for dismissing my bus riders on Monday so I could get to my appointment! Kudos to Karen for arranging the author skype! It was such a great learning experience for all the students.
Mary E. Malone-Brown
Kudos to Mrs. Daugherty and Mrs. Klepk for helping with our learning halls! Kudos to Mrs. Schubart for helping whenever needed.
I’d like to give Kudos to our amazing SEC team! Thank you Stormy Bergey for always being on top of scheduling our meetings. Thank you Crystal Wilkerson for always facilitating our meetings so nicely. Thank you Susan McCarvill for your great background and knowledge with special education services and needs for students. Thank you Ellen Kveton for your great support and feedback to help our students be successful both academically and behaviorally! You guys Rock!
Molly M. Swan
I'd like to give Kudos to Terrie Meyer and Brenda Cuffee. Thank you for making the office a great place to come to work everyday. You guys are the best!!
Kudos to Crystal Wilkerson for holding down the fort in my absence.
Learning Targets: Common Challenges
- Targets that are owned by the teacher, but not by the students - Build student ownership. Many teachers succeed in creating and posting learning targets, but posting learning targets and reading them out loud is not enough. Teachers and students should discuss learning targets to ensure that students fully embrace and understand them and can collaborate in tracking them.
- Learning targets vs. doing targets – Focus on learning. As mentioned previously, learning targets should describe what students will learn as a result of a lesson, not what they will do as a task – “I can use metaphor to convey a complete emotion, “ not “I can complete my graphic organizer.”
- Targets that are too big or too small – Get the scope right. Careful planning and practice will help teachers craft learning targets that don’t try to cover too much or that are overly narrow.
- Targets that are not used on a daily basis – Use it or lose it. Learning targets must be displayed, referred to, owned by the students, and worked toward in a meaningful way, Learning targets that exist only on paper don’t support students’ engagement and learning.
- Targets that require all lower-level thinking and skills – Mix it up. Learning targets should reflect different levels of thinking from the foundational knowledge (e.g. name, identify, describe) to higher-order skills (e.g., analyze, compare and contrast, and evaluate). Check to see that sets of learning targets ramp up the rigor in the classroom.
- Targets that are mismatched to assessments – Check the alignment. The method of assessment should match the learning target. A target that asks a student to analyze would be assessed not with a multiple-choice quiz, but rather a written response or verbal teacher-student conference. Well-matched assessments are both effective and efficient.
From Leaders of Their Own Learning by Leah Rugen and Libby Woodfin
Thanks ROFO ES