Fantastic Finds at FHES

March 14-18

Being Intentional Everyday

Collaborative Practices

Each week the Instructional Team will be highlighting great things we're seeing at Forest Hills. When you see something you would like to know more about and implement in your classroom please collaborate with that teacher. If you would like to see this practice in action, the Instructional Team will be glad to schedule an observation with that classroom.

Engagement Everyday

Our focus for the year is student engagement. These are some engagement strategies we're seeing at Forest Hills.

  • Learning targets
  • Think time I & II
  • Quality questioning
  • Formative assessment

Some of Our Fantastic Finds

Seesaw app is spreading to classrooms all over Forest Hills!

Mrs. Thompson shared that her Kindergarten students are using the Seesaw app during small group lessons and centers to self-assess. She videos them while they read sentences and sight words, and then they watch it to find mistakes and areas to work on. Her students have even commented on areas needing improvement they weren't told to think holding their pencils correctly!
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Mrs. Holt's Class is leading their own learning through data notebooks!

After report cards on Monday, students looked at their grades for 3rd nine weeks, reflected on their achievement levels, and set goals for the 4th nine weeks.
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Tools for Engagement

Each week the instructional team will be giving out a gift for teachers to use in the classroom to foster engagement. This week our lucky winner is Mrs. Reid. She will be receiving a set of Plickers cards for engaging her students in formative assessment.

Mrs. Lovelace's class uses Plickers!

After receiving a class set of Plickers cards last week, Mrs. Lovelace stated that her kids loved using these cards for formative assessment after a language lesson.
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Mrs. Wilson's class uses Back-to-Back and Face-to-Face protocol

Mrs. Wilson used last week's tip of the week protocol to engage her students in answering the essential question that her lesson focused on. She said her students loved doing this protocol!
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First Grade Program

Our first graders put on a wonderful show. We are so proud of them!
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Mrs. Fisackerly's Art Class

Students are engaged and excited about their pottery pieces they created in art class.
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Tip of the Week: Hot Seat

How can you use quick checks in your classroom? Try this easy to implement protocol from our book study.

The teacher places key reflection or probing questions on random seats throughout the room. When prompted, students check their seats and answer the questions. Students who do not have a hot seat question are asked to agree or disagree with the response and explain their thinking.

-Leaders of Their Own Learning, p. 71

Weekly Recap

Grade Level Meetings

-We went deeper by looking more at teacher responses from last week's grade level meetings.

-We listed ways to specifically meet the needs of learners that haven't shown as much growth as desired.

-We provided further input for what we'd like to learn more about during "Market Place" on our upcoming Data/PD Day.

Faculty Meeting-presentation by Allison Delbert

-We learned about participating in the Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program and all of the benefits it will offer our students to engage them in learning.

-We completed a survey to compile our thoughts about the Outdoor Classroom.