Acton Weekly Update 2/21/2020
Things to Know
Here's a link for impulse control and hyperactivity resources (mostly primary). Thank you Dr. Welch for sharing this.
Dr. Stevenson will be here for her monthly walk-through on Monday afternoon.
Each grade level will have time to collaborate together this week for a few hours. This time can be used for planning CFA'a and/or guided reading lessons with your team. See schedule below.
Tuesday- NO AM PD. Meet with Nadine during your prep time.
Wednesday morning central office personnel will be here to serve a pancake breakfast to our entire staff. Please come to the LGI room by 8:00 to get delicious pancakes and toppings!
On March 4th Carolyn Gwinn will be at Acton to observe three victory tables. We will be getting subs to come and cover classes so all teachers will get to observe one table. More details coming soon.
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark given by March 6th
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark data entered by March 9th
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark data discussed on March 11th
Half day grade level CFA planning: Week of February 24th
Begin teaching Unit 6: Feb. 4th-8th
The mini-lesson bank finally has a format! We will continue to build within this document, but HERE is the link for you to see what we have so far. There is a link to this document as well as the mini-lesson checklist and template in this document. A link to this bank is also on the dashboards.
The mini-lesson template is to be used as a guideline for what components should be included in each mini-lesson.
Please send me any mini-lesson you would like to add to the bank and the academic department will review it before it’s added district wide.
Mini-Lessons really need to contain those gradual release components, I do-We do-You do, to really help prepare students to apply their skills successfully on their own. Read HERE for more information on what this means.
I really enjoyed working with each grade level this week as we reviewed mini lesson procedures and how to best utilize the comprehension modules with our students. If I can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask. I would be more than happy to observe and give feedback or help find time for you to meet and collaborate as needed to further discuss the things learned from this training.
I will be in and out continuing to observe groups now that our assessment window has ended to get ideas on how we are doing and to get a feel for future professional development needs. I will also be present at weekly grade level meetings when I am available.
Have a relaxing weekend!
Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.
I say this every week but I seriously love the conscious commitment this week. Like always it is a great opportunity to reflect on our own self-talk and see how that transfers to our students. I wonder if we changed our mindset on mistakes if it would be easier for students to 1. take responsibility for their mistakes and 2. actually learn and grow from them.
At the CD conference, we all had "oops" cards. When someone made a mistake we gave them one that said: "oops! You a mistake. You're beautiful to me." Even if Becky Bailey made a mistake someone would run-up to her on stage and give her an oops card. It felt like a more safe and healthier way to view mistakes that didn't involve shame. I challenge you to think about how you view your own mistakes and your students this week!
Book Fair Week
Read Across America Week
CFA Planning Week
3rd AM and 1st PM CFA Planning Time
Dr. Stevenson walk through 12:30-2:00
Collaboration: NO AM meetings- Meet with Nadine during prep.
4th AM and 2nd PM CFA Planning Time
Collaboration: Pancake Breakfast served by Central Office- All Staff in LGI
Book Fair Evening 4-6:00
K and 5th CFA Planning Time
6-8 Staff Basketball Game
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.