Week of February 1, 2016
It was Albert Einstein who said, "Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results." This week's habit of mind is "Remaining Open to Continuous Learning." Intelligent people are in a continuous learning mode. Their confidence, in combination with their inquisitiveness, allows them to constantly search for new and better ways. People with this Habit of Mind are always striving for improvement, always growing, always learning, always modifying and improving themselves. They seize problems, situations, tensions, conflicts and circumstances as valuable opportunities to learn. Students are trained to believe that deep learning means figuring out the truth rather than developing capabilities for effective and thoughtful action. They have been taught to value certainty rather than doubt, to give answers rather than to inquire, to know which choice is correct rather than to explore alternatives. Let's model for them this week that creative students and people are eager to learn and ask questions. What opportunities will you plan for your students this week that will allow them to inquire and explore?
Lorena G. Hernandez
T.A.G. Teacher of the Week
Problem of Practice
This week we will continue with planning for actionable next steps with your problem of practice in your grade level teams. Please bring any resources you may need to finalize this week's activities.
We are planning on starting tutoring this week. We will be asking tutoring students to report to the cafeteria at 3:20 to receive their snacks. Pick up students from the cafeteria after dismissal and take them to your designated location. We will ring the bell at 5:00 to dismiss them to their buses.
DOLs/Six Week Assessment
Reminder your DOL should be posted alongside a copy of your six week assessment and the item number of the assessment labeled on your DOL. Alignment occurs when the six week assessment is aligned to the DOLs which is aligned to the daily activities planned. We will be providing specific feedback regarding your curriculum alignment this week.
Problem of Practice
DOLs/Six Week Assessment
The Longhorn Battalion
Longfellow Cadets Serve at MegaCare's Annual Summit
Choir Students at the All Region Performance
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
Important Dates to Remember
SLC @ 3:45 in the Library
FSAC meeting @ 7:30
Department Chair Meeting @ 5:00
TJ Feeder Principal Visit
Coffee with the Principal
Valentine's Dance and In and Out Burger