Edgewood's Tiger Talk
November 3, 2017
A Note from the Principal
One of the 21st Century Learning Skills (G21) that we're focusing on @ Edgewood this year is Self-Directed learning. What is a self-directed learner? Self-directed learners:
- Take initiative to figure out what they need to learn
- Make a plan to do so
- Take and use feedback from others
- Believe that they can learn things if they have the right plan and practice (they have a "growth mindset")
Being self-directed isn't a new phenomenon; I can think of many people I know who are self-directed. My good friends' mom went back to work when her kids were in school as a teacher's assistant, and over the years, learned more and more, and is now a superintendent in Illinois. Self-direction is a trait that most successful people have, I think.
What is different now, though, is that with how quickly everything changes, EVERYONE needs to be self-directed. Whatever your career, you need to learn new technologies, new platforms, and be able to make a plan to learn it on your own.
We don't expect elementary students to be entirely self-directed, but we want to plant the seeds and begin to develop that disposition. Stay tuned for some of the things that we're doing to develop this skill in students at Edgewood this year!
4th Graders type up science lab reports
Google Classroom is a tool that allows assignments to be pushed out and returned easily.
A student reconstructs her model to make sure her scientific drawing is accurate.
It's Getting Cold!
If you need assistance getting appropriate winter gear, please reach out to Mrs. Boyd or Mrs. Michlig.
Mrs. Boyd's Maternity Leave
Classroom Spotlight--Mrs. Hess--Writing
Is this game/movie/book appropriate for my kid?
Earn money for our EHSA when you shop on Amazon!
11/14--EHSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Learning Commons. Refreshments & childcare provided.
11/22--No School for Students (Professional Learning)
11/23-24--No School--Thanksgiving Holiday
12/8--Coffee with the Principal: Learn about our work so far with Goal-Setting (which builds self-directed learning skills)
12/9--EHSA Breakfast with Santa, 9am-12pm
12/14--1st Trimester Report Cards sent home in Thursday Folders
12/25-1/1--No School--Winter Break