Something from Saldivar

Week of Nov. 30, 2015 - Dec. 4, 2015

What make an effective educator?

This question often perplexes parents, politicians, law makers, etc…. The answer is multifaceted with many factors and variables. One of the known factors is effective teachers. Research shows that achievement in classes with highly skilled teachers is better than student achievement in classes with less skilled teachers.

Here are some of the characteristics of a skilled teacher:

High expectations for all students – A skilled teacher believes that all students can learn and is adamant in proving the hypotheses. In addition, a skilled teacher refuses to allow assignments, excuses, or external issues from keeping students from reaching their potential.

Prepared and organized – A skilled teacher puts more effort in the pre-lesson process. Their lesson plans are detailed and full of options. Students know at all times what they are learning and the all-important “why”; the objective is crucial. Skilled teachers’ classes flow with ease and with minimum distractions to keep students on-task with the lesson. A well-prepared teacher can change the trajectory of the lesson by making calculated adjustments.

• Relationships – A skilled teacher is a master at developing meaningful relationships with students and parents. It’s true -- students do not care how much we know, until they know how much we care.

• Engagement – A skilled teacher understands the benefit of engaged students and works meticulously to engage their students in the learning process.

Students need great teachers. The likelihood of their success depends on how the adults in the building respond to the challenge of creating a culture conducive to student success and guaranteeing great learning through effective teaching.

For me it is so affirming to know Golden Meadows has educators with this level of commitment in order to ensure we are cultivating successful students!

Mrs. Nunez class had the opportunity to Skype with a her brother who works for a Petroleum company in Canada!

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Excellent writing in Science! This student can certainly explain what they have learned in Science.

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Inferencing in First Grade!

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  • Please make sure you are actively monitoring your students during beginning of the month screeners.
  • Attend DRA/EDL after school training if you have not been trained on how to use this reading inventory.
  • Revisit classroom/hallway expectations frequently and please make sure you are holding students accountable.
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