West Weekly

November 16-20, 2015

Growing and Stretching

O.k. o.k. o.k. This is my attempt to model how, THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE from time to time. So, in an attempt to try something new, engage more of you, and make this more fun, I am sending the West Weekly through this program called Smore. I hope you enjoy, and please make sure that you give me some feedback.
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Shout Outs!

To Ms. Shippey, I want to give a shout out to Ms. Amanda Shippey! She has been in my room introducing chrome books as far as login in and off and exploring my classroom page so my students can be able to complete our First Thanksgiving Research assignment. She was very patient. Now a days students have so many passwords that they have to remember (RAZ kids, iStation, login to a desktop and now chrome books and they are all different). She went step by step so that the students can be successful. From Ms. Moreno

To Mr. Bermea and Ms. Nester, for a SUCCESSFUL Veteran's Day Celebration. It's nice to see how collaboration comes together for the benefit of our community.


Teacher of the Week is ……..

Ms. Patsy Nester

Thank you for your continuous work with some very difficult students. While it would be very easy to give up on them, those are the ones who need us the most.

Remember front parking is for guests and district personnel.

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From Quick Answers for Busy Teachers: Solution to 60 Common Challenges by Breaux & Whitaker


If this happens

A teacher can have all the right certifications and degrees that demonstrate they understand the content. However, content knowledge alone does not make a good teacher. Without management, very little learning will take place in a classroom. One of the biggest mistakes teacher can make is attempting to teach the content before management is in place. Classroom management involves anything and everything a teacher does to ensure that the classroom runs smoothly--from establishing clear rules and procedures to arranging seating to planning activities that maximize student engagement. If classroom management is not in place, effective teaching and learning cannot occur.

Characteristics of classrooms lacking in management:

  • Students talking unrelated to the lesson
  • Students blurting out inappropriately
  • Student confusion during assignments
  • Students not following rules
  • Loss of off-task behaviors
  • Lack of routines and procedures
  • General chaos

Try this

  • Know that recognizing and acknowledging a lack of management in your classroom is the first step to turning things around.
  • Determine which areas of classroom management are most in need of improvement and address those first.
  • Establish clear rules and expectations and share them with your students. Since rules regulate serious offenses and have consequences attached, limit them to a maximum of five.
  • Establish one procedure for securing the attention of your students.Discuss it, practice it with the students, and use it consistently.
  • Establish procedures for activities such as passing in papers, asking permission to speak, walking to or from the lunchroom, sharpening pencils, working in groups, working at computer stations, and so on. After much practice, these procedures will become routines.
  • Remain consistent. Make your expectations clear so that students know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
  • Plan learning activities that pique student interest and maximize engagement. If your rules and procedures are in place, you won't have to deal with chaos during these activities.

Weekly Calendar

Monday (11/16)

  • Admin Prof. Development Day (Vasys A.M./Saldaña P.M.)
  • 8:30-2:00 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • 1:30-2:30 Leadership Team Meeting
  • Extended Day

Tuesday (11/17)

  • Advancement in Education Conference (Saldaña)

Wednesday (11/18)

  • Advancement in Education Conference (Saldaña)
  • 3:00-4:30 Committees Meeting

Thursday (11/19)

  • 1:00-2:30 Instructional Walks w/Dr. Canada
  • Extended Day

Friday (11/20)

  • 9:00-11:30 Dental Presentations (K-2nd)
  • Pennies for Patients Ends


Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday with family!