Meadow Brook Staff Newsletter

Week of November 4

Quote of the Week

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Monthly Hattie's Highlight

Each month we will highlight some of the most effective instructional strategies identified by John Hattie.

The first strategy we would like to highlight is COLLECTIVE TEACHER EFFICACY. This has the LARGEST IMPACT on student achievement!

Collective Efficacy is rooted in Albert Bandura’s concept of self-efficacy. Collective efficacy is a group’s shared belief in the capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given levels of attainment. Bandura found that the positive effects of collective teacher efficacy on student achievement outweighs the negative effects of low socioeconomic status.

When educators share a sense of collective efficacy, school cultures tend to be characterized by beliefs that reflect high expectations for student success. A shared language that represents a focus on student learning as opposed to instructional compliance often emerges. The perceptions that influence the actions of educators include "We are evaluators," "We are change agents," and "We collaborate." Teachers and leaders believe that it is their fundamental task to evaluate the effect of their practice on students' progress and achievement. They also believe that success and failure in student learning is more about what they did or did not do, and they place value in solving problems of practice together (Hattie & Zierer, 2018).

This Week:

  • Monday: (A day)
  • Tuesday: (B day) Kona Ice during lunch $2-$5--Mark and Jessica out
  • Wednesday: (A day) Band field trip
  • Thursday: (B day)
  • Friday: (A day) MINDSET MATTERS TIME *adjusted schedule

MBI Band Trip to Philharmonic-11/6

They will eat pizza from 10:20-10:40. Then, they will be loading the buses at 10:40. They are expecting to be back around 1:30.

6th grade Veterans Day Practice-11/7 @ 9-11

6th Grade students will be practicing at Mustang High School on November 7th from 9:00am-11:00am in preparation for the 2nd Annual Intermediate & High School Veteran's Day concert that will be held that evening at 7pm. I appreciate you support and understanding with this combined practice during core class time.

See Hanna's email for a list of the students.

Mindset Matters Time-11/8

We are going to set a side 30 minutes a month to teach and discuss the 7 Mindsets. Instead of us doing this during block time or life apps time we are going to have an adjusted schedule the first Friday of each month, Friday, November 8 will be our first Mindset Matters time.

Mindset Matters Adjusted Schedule

We will send an email with a brief lesson plan to you by Wednesday. Everything else you need will be in your box. Our goal is for you to have NO PREP and LOW STRESS. We want you to be able to have good discussion with your students.

If you have any questions or concerns please tell us!

Important Updates

-Our lost and found is EXPLODING! Please remind students to look through there if they are missing anything. We have a ton of jackets and lunch boxes.

New Nine weeks

Please remember to have updated rosters in your emergency bag and in your sub folder :)

Things to look forward to:

11/11-11/22-- STAR Testing Window

11/11-- Veterans Day Assemblies 5th grade @ 9; 6th grade @ 2

11/15-- Mustang HS Theater Performance @ 9:30-10:30 5th grade only

11/19-- MBI Band Concert @ 6pm

11/20--Staff Meeting @ 3:20

11/21-- PTSO Coffee Truck out front for all staff! @ 7:15am

11/21-- 6th Grade GRIT Assembly (Live to Give)

11/22-- 5th Grade GRIT Assembly (Live to Give)

11/25-11/29-- Thanksgiving Break

Tell me something Good!

Congratulations to Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. Hasty, Mr. Lebsack, Mrs. S. Thompson, Mrs. Pool and Mr. Waggoner for being recognized by the students for 100% Accountable!

Please email me "SOMETHING GOOD" so I can add it to our newsletter.

PLC Folder

This is a direct link to the shared PLC folder. Once you open it you may want to star it so it won't get lost in the "Shared with Me" folder.

Thank you for all your hard work!

At Meadow Brook we have GRIT.