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A girl and her duck

My Challenge to You

I really enjoy watching the CBS Sunday Morning show because of the wonderful and often humerus stories about life they share. This one is one of my favorites and I thought that it would be great to share with all of you not because there is some hidden message that I see regarding education. This story is a heart warming story about the quirks of human nature and the bonds between humans and animals.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I also hope that you had a wonderful Easter Weekend doing what makes you happy and celebrating how you celebrate with those that mean the most to you. After all, that is what life it really about, isn't it?!

Think. Achieve. Succeed.



Lesson Planning vs Lesson Designing

Thank you to everyone that took the time to send in a reply to the question that I emailed to the campus on Thursday afternoon regarding lesson planning vs lesson designing. I have posted all of the responses here if you are interested in seeing what your fellow staff members had to say. The reason I asked this question was because I was having a discussion with principals from across the state regarding lesson planning and lesson designing and what differences exist (if any) between the two approaches.

I am sure that those of you who responded (and perhaps those that didn't respond) are wondering what I think about the difference between planning and designing lessons.

I do not think you can effectively separate the two from each other because the "what" (content) and the "how" (lesson activities) go hand in hand. The learning experience (movement, manipulations, visuals, auditory components, collaboration, technologies, etc) are what make the content engaging and relative to students. All of those design experiences (how) must be planned with the content (what) so that it all flows and makes sense for the learners.

It was a great discussion and the article really prompts some thinking and reflection into what it means to plan lessons. The article below is a great kick start to that reflection process. I encourage you to read it and reflect on your planning and designing.


Check out some of these articles I read this past week from Twitter. You may find something that interest you.


AMCMS Visioning Conversation

On Tuesday evening last week about 20 of us from AMCMS met in the library after school to talk about what "could be" at AMCMS. The reason for this type of a conversation is because of the "Visioning Document" that was created by 35 Texas superintendents wanting to create a new vision for public education in Texas. The document focuses on 6 different articles these 35 superintendents felt would transform public school education in Texas.

This document helps to shape my thinking as a principal. I feel that in order for us to continue to grow and develop into the AMCMS that our students need then we need to have discussions based off the ideas, spirit, and thinking that went into creating this document.

The conversation last Tuesday was primarily centered around this one question:

If you could pull out a magic wand and change one thing about education, what would you change?

The discussion was rich and there were many great things shared from everyone that was in the room. I took 6 or so pages of notes and I have been thinking of many of the items discussed since that meeting. The outcome for me was that most of what we discussed on Tuesday as a group are things that we can change as a campus right now without anything to hold ourselves back except for us.

Think about that.

This type of a discussion revels what are true roadblocks and what are perceived roadblocks. When we are able to identify the roadblocks and classify the roadblocks then we are free to do what we need to do for our students.

On Tuesday April 5 at 4:30 we will be having a continuance of this conversation in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend, just as the last meeting. If you plan to come, please be sure to read over the document and be ready to choose one of the articles that you would like to explore more about.




Don't Forget.... Keep your Grades Updated. HAC does not work if we do not keep current grades in the system.


Week at a Glance

Monday March 28, 2016

  • Tutorials Before School
  • Be On Time for Duty Before & After School

Tuesday March 29, 2016

  • Be On Time for Duty Before & After School
  • STAAR Testing -- Click For Timeline
  • Yes, you may wear jeans & a school or district shirt for STAAR
  • AVID Site Team Meeting 4:20 - Room 407

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Thursday March 31, 2016

  • Tutorials Before & After School
  • Be On Time for Duty Before & After School

Friday April 1, 2016

  • Tutorials Before School
  • Happy Friday!
  • Happy April :o)