The Buzz 8/17/15
What you need to know to be in the know...
our first full week is in the books
**Yellow PLTW module payment papers (Cheryl)
**Weekly Classroom Schedule sheets (Beth)
**Grade level chairperson and Team meeting day/Time (Roy)
**Request for 4th Evaluation if you so desire (Roy)
Office Referral Forms
In case of inclement weather, here are some reminders about indoor recess:
*It is helpful to have a list of appropriate activities for your classroom, especially if you have items that are not to be used for recess. Many of our support staff have no idea of what is ok to use or not, and most students freely offer up more items than are actually allowed!
*Grade levels will have 2 people to cover classes (this usually means one person bounces between two classes)
*Teams are still expected to have one teacher on duty the final 10 minutes
Support staff with a success group
update: fire drill procedures
Fist - 0 students missing, hold up one finger - 1 student missing, two fingers - 2 students missing etc..
Any children who are present, but not currently with you in person need to be accounted for. If they are not with you at that moment tell the person with the walkie-talkie so we can locate them. For example, if you have 1 student in the nurse and 2 in a pull out group you should holdup 3 fingers, so we can confirm they exited the building somewhere.
Also note that laminating film is expensive, and lamination is not decomposable. Please be judicious in what you would like to have laminated.
PBIS Teacher Tips: hallway procedures
*Teachers use level 0-1 voices
*ALWAYS walk on the right side of the hallway
*Create stop points on your way to your destination so lines don't get elongated ensures no stragglers
*Walk your students ALL THE WAY to your destination (even at the end of the day)
*Use proximity to address individual student issues
*Model, Model, Model - what they see they will do...
Text: "@mrhuffor" to 81010
When prompted respond by texting back your name
I will only use this for important announcements, and communication is only one way so you will not be able to respond back.
Several years ago the staff at Chandler all read and studied a book called Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. During that study we became very
interested in having a “growth mindset” become a way learning and working with each other as a guiding principle at Chandler. Here is an
excerpt from an article called “Why Danish Parents (and Their Kids) are Happier Than Americans” by Andy Hinds. Some of the themes from growth mindset show up here.
Overpraise Does More Harm Than Good
Research shows that kids who are always told they are smart are likely to give up easily when confronted with difficult tasks. They feel that due to their alleged smartness, they shouldn’t have to work hard — trying hard makes them feel dumb, so they avoid it. The Danes approach praising their kids accordingly.
What You Can Do with This
• Praise the process and the effort, rather than innate ability — “You studied hard and aced the test,” instead of, “You’re so good at math!”
• Save it for when it’s warranted and don’t feel the need to dole it out just to make your kid feel better. If they don’t feel great about the outcome of something, help them understand why and encourage them to go about it differently next time.
TLT spent this week preparing for upcoming clusters, gaining background knowledge nad experience using the new curriculum maps. As we move through this rubric cycle, we will take an in-depth look at how we can use the maps to Design and Plan Instruction that ensures all students are challenged and supported to meet the rigorous demands that will be placed on them not just on testing, but as we building the thinking and problem solving skills needed for everyday life! We look forward in TLT to sharing this new learning, and working with you to help understand what the new maps break down into weekly, daily, and lesson goals, while continually increasing deep and rigorous thinking and problem solving into these plans/lessons.
*Students enter at 8:20
TLT 3:15 (Andrew Kauffman's Room)
Halfway through the week!
Fire Drill 8:45
Enjoy your weekend!!!