Watauga Weekly

January 11-15, 2016

What's Up This Week:


Monday, Jan 11

7TH Girls Basketball vs. N. Ridge @ WMS

7th Boys Basketball vs. N. Ridge @ N. Ridge

HHS Counselors Registering 8th grade (Crook)

Tuesday, Jan 12

8th Girls Basketball vs. N. Ridge @ N. Ridge

8th Boys Basketball vs. N. Ridge @ WMS

Wednesday, Jan 13

Did you know...January is National Soup Month!

Thursday, Jan 14

All Day ARDS

Scoliosis Screening through PE classes

Friday, Jan 15

End of 1st semester!

Activity Night 4:00-6:00

*Word Within a Word*

micro (small) micron, microscope, microwave, microphone

hydro (water) hydroplane, dehydrate, hydrant, hydrogen,

photo (light) photograph, photometer, photon, photogenic

pan (all) panorama, panoply, pandemic, pantheism, pantheon

penta (five) pentagram, pentagon, pentameter, pentathlon,

tele (far) telescope, telephone, telekinesis, telepathy

vid (look) video, invidious, evidence, provide

omni (all) omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent

ex (out) exit, except, excise, exculpate, exorbitant

poly (many) polyphony, polygamy

Let it SNOW *** Mrs. Boyd, McLain and Samuelson's classes made snow!!








Does a Growth Mindset Make Students Better Math Problem-Solvers?

“Having a positive mindset in math may do more than just help students feel more confident about their skills and more willing to keep trying when they fail,” reports Sarah Sparks in this article in Education Week. “It may prime their brains to think better.” Recent neuroscientific research at Stanford University is showing how students’ beliefs about math learning can produce more efficient brain activity. Lang Chen and his colleagues studied elementary students’ brains with fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and found that those with a “growth” mindset about math did better at spotting correct and incorrect math problems than those with a “fixed” mindset, even after controlling for differences in IQ, age, working memory, reading level, and math anxiety. The brains of students with high positive-mindset levels had greater activity and faster, smoother connections in the areas associated with quick recall of facts and math problem-solving.

“This is very, very exciting,” said Stanford professor Carol Dweck (who was not part of this research project). “My hunch is that often in the fixed mindset your mind is preoccupied with ‘Is this hard?’ ‘Will I look smart?’ ‘What will happen if I don’t do this?’ ‘I’m not good at math,’ instead of getting that brain ready to do it.” It’s analogous to warming up a car on a cold morning before driving off – the engine is primed to work more efficiently. The key insight from this research is that the brain isn’t compartmentalized, with motivation separate from math problem-solving. “The emotion and thought structures in the brain are totally entwined, totally docked in the brain,” says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang at the University of Southern California. “If you are trying to do math and worrying about whether you are going to fail or not, rather than the process of doing math… that is not deep learning.”

Chen and Jo Boaler (also at Stanford) are hard at work on figuring out how to help students shift from a fixed to a growth mindset. “Mindset can change quite a lot across age and grade level,” says Chen, “so we really want to see how that change can relate to different brain functions and different math achievement.”

“In Math, Positive Mindset May Prime Students’ Brains” by Sarah Sparks in Education Week, December 9, 2015 (Vol. 35, #14, p. 6), www.edweek.org

Daily Teaching Tools

Mr. Lane has found an excellent site to share with us... Look at it, shop around, save time, AND don't recreate the wheel! (Click the button above to view the "treasures".)

Future Dates and Info

Jan 18 - FLEX DAY

Jan 19 thru 21 - TOY Nominated Teachers & Staff Notified

Jan 19 - PLC Training "Unpacking Standards"

Jan 20 - Report Cards

Jan 20 - Gt Testing (Library & Labs)

Jan 22 - Fine Arts Recruitment 9:00-11:00

Jan 25 thru 29 - VOTE FOR TOY

Jan 26 - DATA Assemblies

Jan 27 - LOL Mtg. 7:30 am

Jan 27 - GT Testing (Labs)

Jan 28 - All Day ARDS

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TWEETER of the Week:

Thank you to Colleen Zitzman for her participation in this week's campus Twitter Chat.

You can join each Tuesday at 8:00pm. Questions can be found in the Digital Learning News sent by Mark Thomas each week.

Questions? See Tosh or Christine. (@birdville_DL)


***Weekly Winners park in Houston's spot until June!***

(Don't forget to send Ms. Houston your Twitter handle when you join.)

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History Ha-Ha...

Discipline Packet

Mr. Lane also made this document with "pre-made" letters that he found on Daily Teaching Tools. (Use if you choose!)

Parking Space WINNERS

The winners for the coveted parking spaces are…………DEANNA BOYD and LYNN BREITINGER!!!



  • Here is an example of what your posted TEKs Objectives should look like...
  • Mrs. Huff has ordered Command Hooks and metal rings in order to post the verbs. She currently has a few available to hand out. Please see her...
  • Ms. Houston is working on "verb posters" and the "What are we learning today?" posters. Please let her know if you need a 2nd copy of the "verb posters" because you teach multiple preps.
  • Mrs. McGaughy and Mrs. Cumbie will have the "Interacting with the Standards" video soon to share with PLCs and email to the rest of us!

TAGT on Demand

TAGT On Demand is now open for teachers who are interested in getting started on their annual 6-hour update for 2016-2017. If there are teachers who did not complete their 30-hour or the 6-hour update for this year, they may also continue working on that task. District guidelines require that it be completed by December 31 each year, but the logins BISD paid for will be available until June 30. Please finish hours for this year as soon as possible. Courses are being posted in Workshop as quickly as possible once teachers submit their certificates to Katie Waldrip.