David G. Burnet Elementary

Shining Stars Gazette - January 20th, 2014

3rd week of the 4th six weeks

"Start over" "Clean slate"


Preparing for Second Semester Success!

"Educators make up one of the few occupations that have the opportunity to do what many other industries wish they could experience. We get a “start over” or “clean slate” at the beginning of each new school year, and are again afforded the same opportunity as the second semester begins after the winter break. Teachers and administrators get a chance to reflect on what worked well and also on areas that might need minor or major changes. It’s a time to tighten up on procedures and practices that were not successful. It’s also a time to give students a “clean slate” and remove bias to not base our actions and decisions on preconceptions from students’ prior behaviors or incidents." The Behavior Matters Newsletter, Review 360 Behavior Matters.

As you work on your Action Plan for your class, I strongly suggest you do so as a team. It helps to work through the analysis and action plan together as the data can reveal a lot and helps you plan next steps in your instruction and class.

I had the opportunity to work through the same analysis and action plan template in preparation of my mid -year review. Data was used to have effective talking points which lead to creation of next steps for Burnet. As we Soar to Greater Levels of Success we will be sustaining our culture, having exemplary instruction and ensure continuous collection and analysis of data to adjust or move forward in the lesson cycle.

Key Action 1: Sustain a Positive Culture

Key Action 2: High Quality Instruction and Engagment

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Jensen

The Five Rules for Engagement

Have you ever noticed that some teaches will find a way to struggle with even the most solid strategy, while other teachers can somehow make a weak strategy work spectacularly well? The difference lies in the extent to which teachers follow the implicit rules for engagement that guide success (Jensen, 2013).

Good teachers internalize these rules, and good teachers matter more than curriculum, the administration, or what students eat for breakfast (Hattie, 2008).

Following the five rules for engagement will make your instruction flow better, improve student behavior and learning, and even make your life a little easier (Jensen, 2013).

The Five Rules for Engagement:

1. Upgrade your attitude.

Use affirmations.

Employ occasional small engagers.

Give yourself permission to fail.

2. Build relationships and respect.

Share a bit of yourself every day. Respect your students.

Upgrade your interactive language.

3. Get buy-in.

Issue the "bigger kid" challenge.

Offer an incentive.

Pique students' curiosity.

Start a competition.

Chunk down the buy-in.

Lower the stakes.

Use their imagination.

4. Embrace clarity.

Use fewer words.

Say what you do want from students, not what you don't want.

Give clear, simple directions.

5. Show your passion.

Stay active.

Vary your voice purposefully.

Keep your eyes focused on students.

Be positive.

These are researched-based strategies that will help the magic happen in your classroom if used consistently in your classroom.

Key Action 3: Data-Driven Instruction

Student Survey!

From the Hub!

According to at least one study, students, perhaps the ultimate classroom observers, may be better suited to identify effective teaching than administrators who traditionally measure performance based on scheduled observations of teachers’ instruction and classroom management skills.

Plans call for students to complete surveys, to be made available in English and Spanish, on paper the week of April 6. In future, the district will administer the survey online. Teachers will receive the student feedback prior to the end of the school year, and the survey results will account for 15 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. TEI Director Lindsay Coshatt D’Agostino said student survey points will be combined with student achievement and performance points to calculate an evaluation rating for each teacher. It’s hoped the student feedback will help administrators identify which of teachers’ instructional practices are most effective.

At the request of the TEI Expert group, district teachers will have an opportunity to review the survey questions prior to its April administration, possibly as early as the end of January.

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

Domain 2: Instructional Practice

Domain 3: Classroom Culture

Domain 4: Professionalism and Collaboration

DTR Party Video: Unplugged

Week At-A-Glance

Monday, January 19th

  • MLK Student/Teacher Holiday

Tuesday, January 20th

  • NO Collaborative Planning Meeting!
  • Complete and submit ACP Analysis and Action Plan due to Ms. Loskot today

Wednesday, January 21st

  • Continue working with students on goal setting

Thursday, January 22nd

  • Continue working with students on goal setting
  • Thursday folder

Friday, January 23rd

  • Send kudos to Ms. Loskot by 2 pm

Quote of the Week

Think BIG

Think Differently Act Courageously

STAY Calm and Shine On!


January 20th: Complete Data Analysis and Action Plan template for ACP due to Ms. Loskot

January 20th: Spot Observation and feedback to start

BEST DAY EVER - Everyday

Extended Observation to start soon.