From the Horse's Mouth;)
Stoneleigh Stallions Weekly Staff News 9-22-2014
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Informal Observation Feedback
Use of Universal Design for Learning techniques to enhance lesson presentation and address the various types of learners within each classroom. Examples include: when a curriculum worksheet was visually overwhelming one teacher drew a vertical line separating task 1 from task 2 and then a horizontal line separating tasks 1 and 2 from task 3. These simple lines turned a visual mess into a manageable task; providing verbal directions to go along with written directions and vice versa.
- Not every student is elegant with putting their thinking into words for oral discussion or written explanation. By providing "prompts" students are: given language/vocabulary they may not have, provided with starters to "jump start" their brains into action, given a template that meets the requirement for demonstrating mastery of the lesson's objective. An example, "When I am walking around I expect to hear what you are talking about. I expect to hear you say I have ___. I will trade it in for ___. You should be talking about how much money you have and why/how to trade the money.
Transitioning students to 21st century learners and the classrooms to learner centered environments means students need to be encouraged to get "dirty" with posed problems and teachers need to learn new pedagogy for scaffolding learning after initial attempts instead of before. Huh, you may be thinking. Have the “help” sheet prepared and the scaffolding techniques at the ready, but wait until a need is displayed and then provide it to those students who demonstrate need.
- Yep, here it is again...Objectives are not clearly posted in every room. The print is often small and hard to see. Objectives are to be posted in the appropriate instructional area for the content using a font large enough that it can be seen from various locations within the classroom. The objective is to be shared with students so that they understand the vocabulary and learning that is to take place during the lesson, throughout the lesson, and as part of the lesson conclusion.
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Join the Stoneleigh PTA for the low price of $5 and support the people who support us the most. The PTA reimburses staff $100 for those expenses which come out of your pocket. They fund materials, spirit, fieldtrips, hospitality, and so much more. Our goal is 100% participation.
Quote of the Week
"If you truly want to engage kids, you have to pull back on control and create the conditions in which they can tap into their own inner motivations." - Daniel Pink
Stoneleigh Coordinator Needed
If you would be willing to be the United Way Coordinator for Stoneleigh Elementary please let know as soon as possible. Coordinators will receive additional information about online training opportunities.
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Quote of the Week
Focus on Domain II: Classroom Environment
Don't Forget - Attention Required: Homeroom Representative for Student Council Needed
This year Mary Gardill and Norma Leaf will be starting a partial Student Council minus the president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Each homeroom from kindergarten through fifth grade are to elect 1 representative and 1 substitute in case of absence by the representative. The homeroom representatives will attend meetings throughout the school year in order to initiate, sustain, and complete several events from spirit days to service projects. More information will follow once homeroom representatives have been determined. Please send the name of your homeroom representative and substitute to Mary and Norma by Friday, September 26th.