Jaguar Jargon

2016-2017, Fourth Edition

FOCUS GRAPHIC

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STEPPING FORWARD

I'm sending this out on a Thursday night, which means tomorrow is our first Data Day of 2016-2017. As you are all well aware of, this day is going to be a bit different than what we have done in the past. You will be given lots of valuable information about your learners and their reading levels/abilities. It's a day you've been waiting on for awhile; with this information, you will finally be able to start pulling groups for guided reading.


Now, I'm not sure about you, but right now, this day brings to me a mix of anxiety and excitement. I have seen so much growth, so much hard work put in to this school year that it is a tremendously great feeling. I can't wait to see what we can accomplish with our students in moving forward. However, I would be remiss if I didn't admit to a bit of anxiety that accompanies this excitement. Although guided reading is by no means a new concept, it is new to us, along with Daily 5. Are we ready to do what we need to do, to take our students and guide them to their highest potential?


The short answer: Of course we are. We are professionals. We are teachers. This is what we do. This is what we have trained for, learned about, and is the passion that drives us. Yes, at times, it is going to be a bit uncomfortable. One of my favorite quotes is, "Growth never comes from comfort zones." We all like comfort zones, routines, predictability. However, we need to remember this: It's not about us. It's about our learners. How can we encourage them to keep learning and growing if we aren't willing to do the same? We must lead by example and show them it's okay to try new things, having the confidence that you will succeed.


When you feel those anxious moments coming on, remember your students, the hard work you have already put in, and the fact that you are part of a great team of learners that are going to help you along the way. You've got this!

COMING UP

Monday, September 12

  • ATM, 1 pm - Rhoades out

Tuesday, September 13

  • X Marks The Spot

Wednesday, September 14

  • ROE Principal's Meeting - Rhoades out (am)

Thursday, September 15

Friday, September 16

KUDOS & FYI

  • Congratulations to Kim Havens on her new baby granddaughter!
  • "Kudos to Mr. Otey for all of his continued help at breakfast time. It is not his duty this year, but he comes down quite often and his help is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks, Mr. Otey!"
  • Congratulations to Monie Kreiger on her son going to the Army - proud Mom moment!

PARTING SHOT

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I know the Olympics are over...but this made me laugh!