AROUND THE BUILDING

Staff Newsletter for Silver Creek Elementary

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SHANNON MATSON - NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION

In NYS there are over 203,000 teachers and out of that only 1,712 teachers have achieved the National Board Certification. Congratulations to Shannon on this achievement. On February 10th at 7 pm the Board of Education will be recognizing her achievement.

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

Friday, Feb. 5th, 7pm

SCCS BOE Room

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Breaking News - McIntyre is one of at least 5 Plickers in the building.

Courtney introduced me to an iPad app called Plickers. She was able to collect individual student assessment information in a matter of seconds. The students were holding a card and when they held it in one direction it meant answer A and then in another direction it meant answer B. Each student has an individualized card assigned to them.

She held the iPad up and by using the camera, she faced it towards the card and it registered the information. In less than 5 seconds, she had a graph on the smartboard indicating who answered. She was using the free version. It was a great resource and time saver.

BECAREFUL AROUND JANCA - SHE IS A NINJA MASTER.

I was able to observe Abigail in action. She used a website titled CLASSDOJO to track and reward students for their behavior. She brought the website up on the smartboard and on the screen was a class roster. With a couple quick touches as the students were transitioning from one activity to the next, she was able to reward students for their positive behavior. She left it up on the screen while students were engaged in centers. It was a reminder and incentive to act better in class. It was quick, easy, and she did a great job in utilizing the resource.
ClassDojo: Teach what matters most.