Volume 7, Issue 18 ----------------------------Jan. 19, 2015
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.-- Maya Angelou
Kudos to you!!
Thank you ALL for engaging in such great professional discussions at our vertical team meetings this week! People are still talking about it and, more importantly, implementing strategies in the classroom!!
Upcoming Weeks At Gattis...
Return to regular intervention schedule
MLK Holiday - No school for students or staff
- LaWanda at AP Meeting
- 8:55 PDAS (Lucas)
- 10:30 PDAS (Lucas)
- 1:10 PDAS (Lucas)
- 3:05 Leadership Meeting
- Author Visit - K-2
- 8:55 Brief ARD
- 9:00 PDAS (Carley)
- 9:20 Brief ARD
- 9:40 PDAS (Lucas)
- 10:30 PDAS (Lucas)
- 3:05 Team Meetings/Leadership Info
- 8:20 PDAS (Carley)
- 10:45 PDAS (Lucas)
- SSTs 1,3,5
- 11:00 Lucas at Council of PTA
Coming up soon!
- Jan. 6-30 MOY BAS window for 1st - 5th grade
- Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day/ School Holiday
- Jan. 20 Leadership Meeting
- Jan. 21 Author Visit - Don Tate (K,1,2)
- Jan. 21 Faculty Meeting - Share leadership news with team
- Jan 26-Feb. 20 MOY BAS window for Kinder
- Jan. 27 TAG Parent Social
- Jan. 29 Author Visit - Kate Klise (3,4,5)
- Jan. 29 6:30-7:30 Science Fair
- Jan. 30 Gattis Night at Chuck E. Cheese
- Feb. 3 6 pm Parent meeting at RMS for parents of 5th graders
- Feb. 4 RMS Counselor meets with triads in the library
- Feb. 4 11:30-12:30RMS Brown Bag meeting at Gattis for parents of 5th graders
- Feb. 4 Early Release - Professional Development
- Feb. 9 100th day of school
- Feb. 16 Staff Development
- Feb. 16 TELPAS Writing collection window opens
- Feb. 16 TELPAS Online Calibration window opens
- Feb. 20 5th grade choice sheets due to teachers
- Feb. 25 Technology PD 1/2 day with Angie
- March 30 STAAR Writing 4th grade 1ay 1
- March 31 STAAR Writing 4th grade day 1/ Reading 5th grade
- April 20 STAAR Math 5th grade
- April 21 STAAR Math 3rd and 4th grades
- April 22 STAAR Reading 3rd and 4th grade
- April 23 STAAR Science 5th grade
Happy Birthday, January!!!
Jan. 4 Jami Johnson
Jan. 5 Corrina Valle
Jan. 10 Gina Thomas
Moving In Mid-Year
Adjusting to a new school mid year can be challenging. We have several new students here at Gattis since the winter break. Here are some ideas to help them feel welcome.http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2015/01/making-new-students-feel-welcome-your-classroom
Double Dose: Nix the Tricks
MaryBeth shared some clips from Brian Stockus with specific teams that are relevant to their current units. It's so good, I think we ALL should hear it even though specific grade level TEKS are noted. The topic is teaching students to really think about the concept rather than relying on tips and tricks that don't always work.
2.1 Nix: Total Means Add
Context matters. The phrase ‘in all’ means different
things in “Tina has 3 cookies, Chris has 5, how many cookies are there in
all?” and “Cookies come in bags of 15. If you buy 3 bags of cookies, how
many cookies do you have in all?” Students will lose their sense making
skills, and their belief that math makes sense, if the focus is on circling and
crossing out words.
Instead of teaching a few key words, ask students to think about all the words
and what is happening. Have students draw a model of the situation rather
than jumping directly to the computation. Kids are able to reason through
problems, especially in story problems where students have experiences they
can apply to the context. Encourage students to use their sense-making
skills (which they arrive to school with) both in figuring out the problem,
and in checking the reasonableness of their answer. As a bonus, students will
simultaneously develop their reading comprehension skills. Start with the
mantra “math makes sense” and never let kids believe anything else.
4.4 Nix: Obtuse Angles are Big
When students hear the words big or large they are thinking
about something taking up a large amount of space. So
students see small and large as describing the length of the
ray rather than the degree measure.
The definition of obtuse is “An angle with measure between 90 and 180
degrees.” When explaining this definition or describing angles use ‘wide angle’
not ‘large angle.’ Wide vs. narrow fits the hinge analogy of an angle and
focuses student attention on the space between the rays – the angle – rather
than the rays themselves. For students who have trouble understanding what
an angle is, shading in the region between two rays is a helpful way to make
an angle visible. Plus, this provides the opportunity to discuss that shading
in a small corner vs. a wide swath does not change the size of the original
angle. This part reminds me of the 'draw a triangle and color corners activity' in one of the lessons.
TEA Changes Testing Date for Grade 5 STAAR MathTEA has announced that it will move the testing date for the STAAR mathematics assessment for grade 5 from March 30, 2015, to April 20, 2015. The testing dates in other subject areas will remain unchanged.
Partners in Education
Please remember to use this link throughout the year to record any donors and partnerships. If you have guest speakers to your classroom or gradelevel, record the activity. Guest speakers would be recorded as partners rather than donors. Recording this information is an important piece of our accountability and allows our partners to be recognized for all they do for us.