Common Sense

Thomas Jefferson Feeder Pattern News - November 17, 2014

About the Title

Common Sense was a pamphlet authored by Thomas Paine in 1775-76. It was written to inspire American colonists to declare independence from British Rule at the beginning of The Revolution. This weekly, modern, online relative of that pamphlet documents the news, events, updates, and celebrations of the TJ Revolution - the educational sensation sweeping through northwest Dallas.

TJ Feeder Pattern "News in Brief"

Executive Director's Message

Remember your days as a First-Year Teacher? These months of November, December, and January were rough!

Education researcher, Ellen Moir chronicled the phases of a New Teacher's Attitude Toward Teaching like this:

Anticipation - Teachers have just completed a teacher training program. They are eager and excited about their initial teaching assignment. They have “big plans” about how it is going to be.

Survival - Reality hits. New teachers can become overwhelmed with all the aspects of the job they didn’t anticipate. They are working 60 hour weeks. They still maintain their enthusiasm but are getting tired.

Disillusionment - New teachers are working hard, but feel they are not getting anywhere. They are shocked at reality and wondering if this is the right profession for them. Illness often characterizes this phase. This phase also corresponds with parent conferences, first report cards, back-to-school night, and the first evaluation conference!!

Rejuvenation - New teachers have just had a few weeks off for winter break. They have completed half the year and can see the end in sight. They have gained some coping strategies to manage the problems they may encounter. They begin to feel a sense of confidence. They begin to focus on curriculum development. They are more optimistic about their capabilities.

Reflection - Towards the end of the year, new teachers begin to reflect on changes that they want to make for the next year. They begin to critically analyze the past year, thinking ahead to what they will change for next year.

Anticipation “2" - New teachers begin to look forward to the next year but their eagerness to try again is more reality-based. The level of anticipation never quite reaches the height that it was prior to their first teaching position.

As the weather turns colder, so does the outlook of some of our newest, best, and brightest. Join together to support the new teachers of the TJ Feeder Pattern. Offer words of support, drop by for an impromptu visit, give a small gift, or just lend a listening ear. Our new teachers will thank you later for the support you provide today!

Have a great week with students!

-T. Hise

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Donors Choose Projects Likely to Be 100% Funded - Get Them Online Today!

from Andy Canales, Commit! Director of Literacy Initiatives & Partnerships

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we're planning to market DonorsChoose K-3rd grade literacy projects in SOC, Molina, TJ, BA, and White (both the week of Nov. 24th and Dec. 22nd) to help generate funding from the community. While full project funding is not guaranteed (as funding is dependent on project quality and community will), last year 84% of projects marketed by the Commit! Partnership were fully funded.

We're only featuring well-written projects that are within the $500-$700 range.

The deadline for teachers to upload projects online is Tuesday, Nov. 18th for the Thanksgiving blast and Monday, Dec. 15th for the Christmas and New Years blasts.

Leadership Quote of the Week

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Week At-a-Glance

Monday, November 17
  • Campus Visits
  • TEI Expert Training Session - Foster ES (4-6pm)

Tuesday, November 18

  • Campus Visits

Wednesday, November 19

  • Campus Visits
  • Districtwide Principals' Meeting - Hulcy MS (1-5pm)

Thursday, November 20

  • Campus Visits

Friday, November 21

  • Cycle 3 Data Meeting - Middle Schools - Attwell MS (8:30-11:30am)
  • Cycle 3 Data Meeting - High Schools - Carter HS (9am-12pm)
  • Campus Visits

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