Herbert Marcus Elementary

Weekly Notes 2014-2015, Week 2 of the 6th Six Weeks

Love and Logic: Provide Choices Within Limits

Human beings have a strong need for control. A great many of the issues we deal with each day have to do with control. There is a basic rule in psychology that says, "I either give the other person control on my terms, or he will take it on his terms."

Have you ever seen a teacher try to take control of the situation with, "You get yourself into the time-out area right now! And you stay there until I tell you to come back!"?

How long does it take the student to regain control? It's almost immediate, as the student moves as slowly as he/she possibly can toward the time-out area. And once the youngster is in time-out, what happens? Tapping, rocking of the chair, humming, belching, and often the production of noxious fumes. The teacher can no longer work with the other children, having become totally involved with the offending student, who now has, on his/her own terms, total control.

The name of the game in teaching is getting kids to cooperate. Love and Logic teachers agree that they get the best cooperation when they remember to provide a lot of choices throughout the day.

Caution! Never offer one choice you like and one you don't. A student will invariably go for the one you don't like. Be sure to offer two choices-either of which will make your deliriously happy.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Grade Level Team Attire
After school:
  • ASL Sign Club with Ms. Rogers in Portable 1
  • Drum Club with Mr. Solis
  • Tier II Tutoring Day

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

3rd Grade, Pre-Kindergarten and 5th Grade: Content Planning and PLCs
After School Meeting for All Teachers in Library: Thorough Testing Procedures, ITBS/Logramos, and Counselor Highlights @ 3:15PM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Professional Attire (Polos/Dark Pants)
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade: Content Planning and PLCs
ILT Meeting - Cancelled
Development of 2015-2016 Campus Action Plan Begins
Menu Advisory Committee Meeting, see flyer.
After school:
  • Choir Practice & Guitar Club with Mrs. Munsie
  • Piano & Drum Set Clubs with Mr. Solis
  • Digital Art Club with Ms. Weber
  • Tier II Tutoring Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Specials and 4th Grade: Content Planning and PLCs
Lesson Plans due today by 3:25PM
After school:
  • Choir Practice & Guitar Club with Mrs. Munsie
  • Piano & Drum Set Clubs with Mr. Solis
  • Fine Arts Club with Ms. Weber
  • Tier II Tutoring Day

Friday, May 1, 2015

Faculty/staff who have been present "Full Days" all week may wear jeans and a MARCUS shirt!
*Morning Coffee Party*
Reminder: You should have at least 4 grades recorded for each content area by today and in GradeSpeed.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

5th Grade "STAAR Reading Rendezvous" - Cancelled

Upcoming Events

  • May 3 to 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 5 - National Teacher Day/Cinco de Mayo
  • May 6 - FAC Meeting in Rm. 118 (Ms. Cendeja's room) @ 3:10PM
  • May 6 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Arboretum
  • May 7 - Junior Achievement Day
  • May 8 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • May 10 - Mother's Day
  • May 12 - SBDM Team Meeting after school in the library
  • May 14 - 1st Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Arboretum
  • May 15 - Kindergarten Event!
  • May 20 - ILT Meeting in Rm. 1104 (Ms. Cordero's room) @ 3:10PM
  • May 21 - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Trinity River Audubon Center
  • May 26 to 29 - May Data Meetings
  • May 27 & 28 - Marcus Field Days
  • May 29 - TAG Research Fair Day
  • June 3 - Herbert Marcus Idol Talent Show, See Ms. Munsie for more info.!
  • June 5 - Students Last Day of School

Notes from How to be an Effective Teacher, by Harry K. Wong:

  • "Each child is living the only life he has - the only one he will ever have. The least we can do is not diminish it." -Bill Page
  • "The parents are sending us the best kids they have. They are not keeping the good ones at home." -Larry Lezotte

Kudos to...

  • "the Testing Team who worked so hard getting the STAAR Ready for the teachers. And a special thanks to Mr. Oviedo who helped keep the testing organized and running. Without him, testing would not have happened efficiently. You are greatly appreciated Mr. Oviedo!"
  • "Ms. Rose for providing tons of Science resources and modeling awesome Science lessons to our students! The students look forward to her lessons and enjoy her teaching! Thanks!" -Ms. Valdez
  • "the Specials team for bringing us treats." -Ms. Wassum
  • "Mr. Olvera! A very hard working young man!"
  • "Ms. Corado for being the best grade level chair person; to Ms. Diaz for coordinating our successful and effective field trips; Ms. Fernandez for always remind us about our high purpose toward the students; Ms. Pavon for communicating with the parents to maintain the community engaged; Ms. Pelletier for helping us to adhere always to district policies; Mr. Caceres for maintaining our students with good discipline even when challenging; Mr. Cota for helping us with technology issues throughout the school year; Mr. Vuong for giving us with pro tips for the science lessons and experiments."
  • "Thanks to all and kudos to Ms. Rose for doing her best in getting the supplies that are needed." -Ms. Galpin

5th Grade D.E.A.R. Day - Drop Everything And Read!