Spring 2022 Curriculum Newsletter
Everything related to curriculum and instruction in BPS!
ADS Literacy Night
Instructional Articles Worth Checking Out
- "Myths about motivating students"- In this article in Education Week, Sarah Sparks reports some insights on student motivation that she gleaned from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Diego. She frames them as pushback on three myths that are common in K12 schools https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/3-counterintuitive-findings-about-motivation-that-teachers-can-use/2022/04
- "Using pre-unit assessments to promote critical thinking"- In this Edutopia article, Kristi Mascher (Missouri Southern State University) suggests 3 ways to use diagnostic assessments to gather helpful data, tee up critical thinking skills, and avoid sending unintended negative messages to students:
- "Helping Adolescents Deal with a Toxic "Achievement Culture" In this article in Independent School, consultant Beth Cooper Benjamin lists the factors that created a perfect storm of stress for many teens, even before the pandemic reared its ugly head: academic demands, homework, grades, extracurricular activities, pressure from parents, insufficient sleep, complex social lives, social media, peer comparison and competition, political polarization, racial issues, and financial obligations. All these are heightened in schools that have a high-pressure “achievement culture” and an unspoken belief that the effort required to live up to a cultural ideal should be kept hidden
Newly Reorganized NJDOE Educators Portal
Spring Professional Development Focus
Gifted and Talented Screening
Firth Grade Science
Students in Mrs. Koptyra's class explored photosynthesis. They used colored beads to model how carbon dioxide molecules and water molecules create glucose and oxygen.
Engineering and Robotics Class
Dr. Allen's Engineering and Robotics class designed and tested windmills
New Club on Campus!
Butler High School now has a Gardening club!
The Butler HS Gardening Club was initiated by senior, Denis Sarisoy. Several Butler companies donated materials to make this project happen: Excelsior Lumber and Glenwild Gardens.
Denis has set up an instagram for the club: @bhsgardeningclub