EUSD New Teacher Newsletter
January/February News Everyone Can Use
Marigold Awards for Year 1:
Misty Barros - LR Green
Rebecca Schmidtke - Rincon
Christine Welsch - Bear Valley
Marcella Sisson - Mission
Abigail Wirshing - Rincon
Marigold Awards for Year 2:
Sonja Reimnitz - Felicita
Gina Wagner - LR Green
- Sierra Turner - Rincon
Are you a marigold or a walnut tree? Find out more about the Marigold Award by clicking on this link
Celebrate - Yesenia Chavez
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
An educator’s ability to recognize students’ cultural displays of learning and meaning making and respond positively and constructively with teaching moves that use cultural knowledge as a scaffold to connect what the student knows to new concepts and content in order to promote effective information processing. All the while, the educator understands the importance of being in a relationship and having a social emotional connection to the student in order to create a safe space for learning.
This is a very powerful definition. Our Year 2 teachers had the opportunity to discuss what this means to them and how "Culturally Responsive Teaching" and biases affect teaching and learning. This presentation was based on the book by Zaretta Hammond titled, "Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Brain." (linked here). Teachers were also provided with this thought provoking article from Edutopia titled, "The Myth of the Culture of Poverty". (linked here) Great information that will provoke self reflection and discussions!
Differentiation and Assessment Professional Development
"After reading the chapter 2 from the book: The Differentiated Classroom written by Carol Ann Tomlinson, I agree with the author when she states that " A learning environment actively supports learners by welcoming and valuing students for what they are." (p15). I agree with this statement because I believe that every student has strengths that they bring into the classroom with them. I try to make sure my students feel appreciated every day, and I am always at the front door welcoming them into "our" classroom. I also feel that in order to have a productive learning environment the students have to work and collaborate together to make learning a fun experience. I also believe that my goal as a teacher when my students come into the classroom is to actively attend to their needs".
Module C Work is Underway- It's all about Plan, Teach, Reflect and Apply
Ready to Be Impressed?
David Saldana - Pioneer School
How will investigating and using various instructional strategies that focus on students thinking critically (assess and communicating reasonableness of answers and evidence) help my students improve their answering of multi-step word problems? (Grade 5: Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions)
Lauren Ballard - Glenview School
What strategies can I research to teach students to ask and answer questions that will promote their critical thinking about key details in narrative text?
Elizabeth Esquivel-Hofstedt - Del Dios
How do rubrics, peer and self-assessments, and goal setting help students increase their writing proficiency in personal experience narrative writing?
Chris Numbers - Adaptive PE
How can planning instruction that incorporates appropriate Adapted Physical Education strategies help improve my students aerobic capacity?
Jessica Merry - Education Specialist Farr Elementary
What instructional strategies can I research and implement to increase student engagement and student stamina with specific regard to independent working time during literacy groups?