January 19, 2015

Weekly Happenings - 4th Six Weeks: Week 3

Monday, Jan. 19


Tuesday, Jan. 20

  • Lesson Plans Due - 8:30 a.m.
  • Minimum of 2 grades in Gradespeed
  • 7th ELAR Extended Day

Wednesday, Jan. 21

  • Sigurdson - Meeting p.m.
  • 6th ELAR Extended Day
  • Literacy Training - Science Dept. - 3:45 in Library
  • 8th BB vs. Walker @ Medrano MS 6:00/7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 22

  • DTR Application Deadline
  • SBDM Meeting - 3:45 p.m.
  • Faculty Meeting - 3:50 p.m. in Library
  • 8th SS Extended Day
  • 7th Basketball vs. Walker @ Medrano- 6:00/7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

  • Progress Report Grades Due
  • Sigurdson Meeting - a.m.
  • Admin Meeting - 2 p.m
  • Theater Arts Production

Saturday, Jan. 24

  • Saturday School - ELAR 9-12 a.m.
  • Debate Tournament @ Hulcy MS

COACH'S CORNER w/ Ms. Manning

Here are some quick tips to stimulate discussion in your classroom:

Discussion is one of the most common strategies in promoting active learning. It helps to motivate students toward learning through application of the information within a new setting. It develops critical thinking skills.

    1. Manage your classroom so that it is a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks without fear of being chastised or rejected.
    2. Use open-ended questions to persuade students to answer using higher-order thinking processes.
    3. For truly thought-provoking questions, give students a few minutes to write down their thoughts (how about a do-now activity as they enter the room), and then begin the discussion.
    4. Consider small-group dialogues before whole class discussion begins. When students speak in small groups first, they gain some confidence in their ideas. Sharing with the whole group, later in the lesson, becomes more likely.
    5. Use wait time when you ask the whole group a question. Give all students a chance to think for a minute and then join the discussion. Wait time is essential for both encouragement and achievement. Research shows that when wait time is increased to four-seven seconds, students respond more often and in a more thoughtful manner. Sometimes those seconds seem like hours, but they are worth the wait. Encourage all hands to be up and ready to share.


Jan. 27 - Issue Progress Reports

Feb. 19 - End of 4th Six Weeks

Francisco Medrano Middle School - Key Actions 2014-15

1.) Create a positive culture and climate, and a safe, secure environment of school

2.) Improve the quality of instruction for LEP students

3.) Improve student achievement for all