Roberts Middle School
Happy New Year 2016
Do you know your "why" for 2016?
Burn centers are often used for the treatment of patients with severe burns. Most people would assume that the doctor is the most important member of the patient’s medical team. The biggest threat to a burn patient’s survival is infection. The responsibility for maintaining a germ free environment falls to the custodian. How the custodian approaches his/her job each and every day will impact survival for countless lives. Burn patients can only survive if everyone in the hospital works as a team and knows that each of their jobs matter. In the same manner, at Roberts, each one of our staff has an impact on the lives of our students. I love the quote from Viktor Frank a Holocaust survivor and neurologist/psychiatrist, "Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how." You make a difference at Roberts. This 2016, if you know your "why," you will find a way to accomplish the "how."
Did you meet your expectation of growth in 2015? Did you choose risk over complacency? This New Year, you have to push through the limitations and labels that might have kept you from growing. I challenge you this year to get out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself. The best version of you evolves through focus, discipline, and deliberate practice.
During this second semester, we will use the data from the past two CBAs to address gaps in student learning. We have to meet each learner where he/she is at. This data will help us to prioritize instruction and address individual student needs.
This New Year at Roberts, we will continue to foster a culture of daring greatly, growth mindset, and family. Please know that my team and I will walk with you in this journey. This will be a great year.
Happy New Year,
HOW TO GET "GOOD TO GREAT"
FOCUSED WALKTHROUGHS: SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION
3 QUESTIONS THAT WILL GUIDE YOU
What does increasing rigor look like? This means providing our students more of a challenging and meaningful learning environment. We want to create a small group environment where students are thinking critically and actively employing problem solving skills. We need to allow our students the opportunity to struggle in their learning.
How do you support this necessary struggle to take your student further than ever? This can only happen if we preplan our questions. At times, we let our students off the hook by supplying the answer too quickly. One of the tools we can implement within our small groups is to check for understanding. Understanding is best gauged through a written answer. Written responses give teachers an objective framework for understanding when to move on and when to reteach.
What will we be looking for:
- Give students the opportunity to struggle
- Preplan questions and sentence stems
- Check for understanding through writing
- New Year Healthy Breakfast: Yogurt, Granola Bar, Fruit, and Juice/Coffee
- Destination Time Draft
- 8:00 Team Leader Meeting
- 9:00 5th Grade Math PLC
- 9:00 5th Grade Reading PLC
- 9:00 5th Grade Science PLC
- 12:15 6th Grade Math PLC
- 12:15 6th Grade Reading PLC
- 12:15 6th Grade Science PLC
- 2:30 GT Meeting
- 4:00 Due: Grade Verification Sheets
Tuesday: Casual Professional (No flips, no shorts, no spaghetti straps, jeans and nice dress shirt/Roberts shirt are acceptable)
- District Wide Staff Development
- Report Cards: Passed out 6th Period
PLEASE RESERVE: JANUARY 29TH
ROBERTS SECOND SOCIAL
Friday, Jan. 29th, 4:30pm
TO BE DETERMINED
RSVPs are enabled for this event.