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Panther Pride is Evident!
In Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov stresses the value in efficient transitions in the classroom. In addition, transitions are a consideration in the Danielson framework under Domain 2 - Classroom Environment. Component 2c indicates that a distinguished classroom in this area demonstrates transitions that are seamless. It is important to clearly set expectations for efficient transitions to occur and, when necessary, practice those transitions using a timer to track and create improvement. This applies to transitions that include people or materials that are moving from place to place. One example is to pass papers across rows rather than up or back when collecting or distributing materials. This will eliminate the need for students to turn around in chairs, which costs time and creates opportunities for undesirable behavior when backs are turned. As Lemov suggests, "messy transitions are also an invitation to disruptions and conflicts that continue to undercut the classroom environment even after class has started" (2010, p. 154). To see more, you can view the following Edutopia video: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-tips-better-classroom-management-tyler-hester which is also posted under the links section of the mentor page on Edline.
March is Month of Change!
Don't forget to move your clocks forward 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Not only does this give us an extra hour of daylight but reminds us that spring is really on it's way!
St. Patrick's Day
What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green - so wear your green on the 17th of March and be Irish for the day!
First Day of Spring
Sunday, March 20, marks our official first day of spring! Although we may still experience a chill in the air, we know warmer weather is definitely on the horizon!
St. Patrick's Day
March 01: Faculty Meeting
March 03: Parent Conferences
March 07: Superintendent Visit AND PD Monday with Content Specialists
March 15: Department Meetings AND Edline Update
March 24-28: Schools Closed for Spring Break
March 31: Spring Pictures