Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz
May 10, 2019 (Actually the 13th--grumble, grumble)
Going Strong To the Very End
Keeping it engaging can be difficult this time of year, but don't forget to build in brain breaks (you might need more than 4), look for ways for students to have choice in how they show what they have learned when appropriate, and allow for student to student discourse. These are just a few ideas that you can use to increase engagement in these next two weeks.
A final incentive for you---the more engaged our students are, the less time they have for classroom shenanigans.
Faculty Meeting On Monday
As we come to the end of this school year and prepare for next, motivations are high to purge the old and prepare for the new. Belated spring cleaning at the beginning of summer vacation is an annual tradition at my house and in my office.
I was recently inspired by listening to our guest speakers for Monday's faculty meeting present about their big "takeaways" from TRIAD training last summer. So, I decided to visit the TRIAD website. Basically, TRIAD training is research-based strategies out of Vanderbilt Kennedy Research Center that supports students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, our speakers will testify to the impact it has had for all learners in their classrooms.
The site offers free resources such as user friendly modules/training sessions that can be completed at your convenience.
I dove into 3 modules: visual supports, environmental arrangement, and preference assessments. Historically, I must admit that online learning modules are not my favorite. Asynchronous learning is not my cup of tea. With that being said, the short video presentations and available printouts for note taking and reference are very helpful.
I don't expect that anyone will dive into any new training these next couple of weeks; however, you may want to preview some of the modules when designing your classroom for next year. Like so many Universal Design practices, the structures we put into place to support a few students often have far-reaching benefits for all students.
Field Day Schedule And Lunch Menu
Lunch menu for tomorrow is as follows:
Apple or Banana
We will have the Tuesday Menu on Wednesday
In order to not overwhelm the cafeteria we will stagger entry to get food from the cafeteria as follows:
Prek-eating on their own.
Grades K & 1--enter the cafeteria starting at 11:30
Grades 2 & 3--Enter cafeteria starting at 11:45
Grades 4 & 5 Enter cafeteria starting at 11:55
Grade levels please have walkies on to listen to any changes in this schedule in case we get backed up.
Finally, Lincoln shirts, jeans/shorts, and sneakers are the attire for the day!