This Week at AES
1/18 - 1/22
This Week at a Glance
- No School
- Jean Week Make-up Day
- Christ Club
- Staff Meeting: Student Growth Goal
- Academic Team
- $2 Jean Day
- AES Lockdown Drill
- Sharpen the Saw
- Daddy/Daughter Dance
Thank you Andrea for going the extra mile to care for your students. I greatly appreciate your relentless dedication to make sure your children are safe and secure.
Thank you Alison for the extra hours and time you have dedicated to kick off the Kindle Pilot. I also appreciate the excitement that you have fueled in your students to get them "pumped" to read.
Thank you Jesica for your amazing work with the self-paced classroom. The amount of time, effort, and energy that you put into your work is amazing. Your students reap the benefits of your great work!
Notes for the Week
This Week is a Primary Week
- This week I will need to meet with every grade level team. Be prepared the discuss the information below: After you complete a common assessment, what are your next steps for grading and organizing the assessment data? How do you determine what skills will be addressed for Eagle Time? How do you determine student groupings?
- As a PLC start working on your timeline to complete these items prior to April 30th :
- Development and Implementation of 1 Science Unit
- Implementation of Lucy Calkins Unit
- Examine current Essential Standards: Add standards that you believe are Essential to your grade level and Remove standards that your grade level do not believe are essential.
- Examine ELA and Math Standards and determine which non-essential standards are Secondary and Tertiary. Achieve the Core’s Major Works of the Grade should be used for Mathematics.
We are creatures of Habit. I believe that we yearn for structure because we love to live in what I call the “comfort zone.” The comfort zone is great! We know what we know, we know what to expect, and we know how to react. The comfort zone is safe.
The downside to the comfort zone is that we don’t learn while we are there. To truly learn and grow we must take ourselves out of our habits, routines, and comfort zone. So many times we miss growth opportunities because we are scared to leave the safety of the comfort zone.
One of my favorite quotes about the comfort zone and change is from Dave Ramsey. Dave said this in reference to adults during the change/growth process, “Adults usually act like babies who are getting their dirty diapers changed. They whine and scream. I don’t wanna……It’s warm, it’s squishy, and it’s mine.” We have to be careful that our yearning for habits, structure, and comfort do not interfere with the our learning and growth while keeping us in a pile of stinky stuff.
This week, think about areas where you would like to improve. How can you take yourself out of the “comfort zone” and grow?