Friday Focus

Friday, February 5, 2016

We Need More Cowbell!

I gotta a fever...a fever for more cowbell!

TEACHERS now have the ability to earn their pod points now! Cowbell Points will be added to your pod in the weeks leading up to the STAAR Test. If you're not familiar with the SNL skit, take a moment to watch above. As Mr. Penn and I visit classrooms over the next couple of months, we'll be looking for more cowbell. If you hear a little cowbell before we leave, you'll know that you've earned your pod points for bringing more cowbell to the classroom. Please add 20 points to your pod sheet! What does adding more cowbell look like? There's no set action or activity, but here are a few things that could bring the bell:

* Utilizing time standing in bathroom lines for instruction (flashcards, game, etc.)

* Asking higher order thinking questions during your lesson (Synthesis, Application, Evaluation)

* Guided Reading groups

* Using hands-on manipulatives/activities

* Changing up your normal routine and trying something new

* Review games or challenges

* Any activity that encourages widespread participation and engagement

* Student centered activities

We're going to have fun with this, I mean really... who DOESN'T love COWBELL?!?!

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Upcoming Dates

2/5 Math Benchmark

2/8 Board Meeting - Honoring Mrs. Sanders as TOY/Math Planning

2/9 Lunch and Learn/CEIC Meeting after school

2/10 Social Studies Planning/504 Meetings/ELAR Data Meetings after school

2/11 Science Planning/ARDS

2/12 Reading Benchmark

2/15 Lionettes performance in gym for 6th grade girls only during Fine Arts

2/16 RTI Meetings

2/17 UIL Writing Competition

2/18 UIL Speaking Events

2/19 Science Benchmark

2/20 6th Grade UIL - GO NASH!!!

2/23 6th Grade GT/Fine Arts Exhibit 5:00 - 6:30 pm

2/24 5th Grade GT

2/26 5th Grade Cogat