FYI-we had 14 new students this week and lost 12!
Please be sure to sign up for PL on Jan. 21st. Sign-ups are available. Your team should spread out and attend as many different sessions as possible. Please get with Sandy or I if you have any questions. There is link in the Smore with all the PL opportunities.
Watch D.O.G.-Israel Rangel-Isaiah/Jacquelyn/Isaac-Solomon/Chancey/Steiger-Pe/Pe/Music
Learning Walk-Rachel pm
4th Reading CBA
Watch D.O.G.-Habibullah Baloch-Eshaal Baloch-Schillaci
5th Science CBA
Watch DOG-Lee Cisneros-Elian-Matthew-PE
3rd/4th Science CBA
Watch D.O.G.-Yousef Hamidi-Mehedy-Kramer-Music
January 18-Character Connection
AMC Counting Kinder closes
Watch D.O.G.-Daniel Walker-Xavier-Chancey-PE
Word of the Month-Trustworthiness
Word of the Week-Convey
Shout out to Kinder for covering Stacy's class when she had to leave quickly.
Shout out to Sheila Garcia for getting injured, going to the doctor and coming back to work! Talk about dedication!!
Be sure to check out the "wiggles" course outside Deem and Tanigawa's class! I love it!!
PBIS vs. Traditional Discipline
In a school with a traditional approach to discipline, teachers may try to correct behavior through punishment. Here’s an example.
During a class discussion, a student sitting in the back throws a spitball. With a traditional approach, the teacher might scold and send the student to the principal’s office. After the student is punished, the student returns to class and is expected to behave. But there’s no instruction on how to act appropriately. If there’s more bad behavior, they simply increase the punishment.
A school using PBIS would handle this differently. With PBIS, the school looks for minor issues to prevent them from becoming bigger behavior problems.
So before the student throws the spitball, a teacher might notice that the student is craving attention. The teacher might address that need positively before it grows into the urge to throw something. For example, the teacher could give the student a chance to share an opinion in a class discussion and recognize the contribution.
If the student still acts out and throws the spitball, the school would create a strategy to prevent the behavior from happening again. The strategy might include things like break time to cool off or a peer mentor. The school may even provide training for parents.
The school follows the student’s progress in managing behavior issues and may change strategy if something’s not working. In PBIS, schools still use discipline, but punishment isn’t the focus. The focus is on teaching expectations and preventing problems. From the start, all students learn about how to contribute to a class discussion. They may learn through role-playing or through actual lessons.
Link to a list of all of Jan. 21st Professional Development sessions
I wanted to share with you about Stephanie McBride. The below statement came from Susan Silva yesterday. If you are interested in helping her, there is a link below.
Stephanie McBride, Executive Director of Professional Learning was recently diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. She was at MD Anderson yesterday, meeting with doctors to work out the details of her treatment plan.
Stephanie has a husband, Jere, and two boys. Will is a new football star at Lamar University, and Michael is a freshman at Clear Springs who is also quite an athlete. If you know Stephanie, you know she loves some football!
Please use the link below to learn more about Stephanie’s story. If you are able to help support Stephanie and her family during this time, you can also find information about ways to do that at the link below.