For the Week of October 19, 2015
Facilitating the Beasley Vision
Today, I heard an inspiring message and thought of our work at Beasley. No one really talks about the good things that you all do and tend to focus on the negative. "When people complain things remain, however, when you praise you raise!" I praise you all! We may not have a Promethean Board or state of the art technology in every classroom. However, a Promethean Board could never take the place of you! We value our teachers and staff. You are the core of what will make our school successful. Thank you for all of your hard work and your commitment to our school.
Argument Centered Literacy -CIWP 1
Pre-Algebra and Algebra Focus - CIWP 2
1. How can we teach or reteach the non-negotiable deficiencies that were identified with some students before we can address new CCSS objectives?
2. How can the Math Enrichment courses really help to close the achievement gap?
3. How can we make our math instructional math pacing more intentional?
As a result to the teachers' POP, I have created a Math Coherence Map. Thanks to Ms. Smith (7th) for this wonderful idea! The Math Coherence Map spells out math objectives weekly and specified assessment dates. This will provide the ILT and Teacher Teams with multiple forms of math data to direct our meetings.
In addition, the Math Coherence Map considers giving an additional week of teaching or reteaching as Intro lessons to deficiencies that students may have. Please see the attached Beasley Math Coherence Map. Great job Math Team!
Ms. Thornton (7th) also suggested using Algebra Tiles in instruction. Please see the attached link from www.mathbits.com and it is titled Working with Algebra Tiles. The provides a tutorial for students about how to use math tiles in algebra.
Lastly, I wanted to let you know that the HS Algebra I, Algebra Initiative Certification applications (both the University coursework and Course Waiver application) are available on the Knowledge Center under the Algebra Coursework Opportunity page.
Additionally, because Beasley is currently offering HS Algebra I to our middle grade students this would be the perfect opportunity for more Beasley teachers to become certified to teach Algebra. Our goal is to have more of our Beasley staff to be certified to teacher HS Algebra I in the Middle Grades to their well prepared students. We need your help to get there!
Specific information of each application is included within the Algebra Coursework Opportunity page on the Knowledge Center. The due dates are as follows:
- Waiver application due - 10/26/2015
- University coursework application due - 10/28/2015
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Next Generation Science Standards/Science Fair - CIWP 3
The 6th-8th grade students should start generating ideas about possible topics for science fair projects. At this time, upper grade science teachers are to teach and/or review the scientific inquiry process with students. The Beasley Math Coherence Maps address Statistics & Probability in students' math enrichment courses. This strategy provides an interdisciplinary coherence for student learning.
I would like to acknowledge Mr. Berdell (7th) for his Family Genetics Projects in that students had to argue and defend their genetic heredity through tracing their family trees. Nice job!
Reminders for the Week
10/19 Dr. BC Out the Building @3:00 p.m. to attend LSCAB Meeting.
10/21 Office of Selective Enrollment Open House for prospective new parents (9:30 - 11:00)
10/21 Boy Scout Meeting @ 4:00 in Commons C
10/21 7th/8th Argument Education Literacy PD with Les Lynn, presenter 9:45
10/22 Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) 7:45
10/22 HCRC Principal's Meeting
10/23 Walking to Success 7th/8th Grade Field Trip.
10/24 Beasley Hosts CPS Middle School Debate Tournament
Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)
1. Classroom Learning Walks. An ILT teacher schedule is being made to visit classrooms to share feedback about our school wide TIA.
2. Argument Approach in Math. All teachers were asked to provide a math problem that was done incorrectly. Then, students were to deconstruct the math problem citing the correct evidence and reasoning for the mistake through the use of argumentative writing. We asked that you provide an algebra or measurement/estimation problem to your ILT leader to be used as data for our next ILT meeting scheduled on Wednesday, October 21.
3. GradeBook Audits- If more than 20% of your classroom is failing then the grade is not reliable. Part of the audit process is to make sure that you have 3 grades entered a week and that the failure rate is not high. The ILT duly noted that the Progress Report grade is to serve as a warning for students and parents about the child's progress. However, for the purpose of the Report Card if more than 20% of the class failed the activity you should not consider letting the grade stand.
We would like to thank the following teachers who agreed to be on the ILT this year. If there is any teacher who would like to serve on the ILT please let me know.
K- Ms. Fanella and Ms. Hickman
1st - Aricka Harris
2nd - Ms. McGowan
3rd - Ms. Munn
4th - Ms. Beck and Ms. Cooper
5th - Ms. Johnson
6th - Ms. Tabb and Ms. Thornton
7th - Mr. Berdell
8th - Mr. Clark
SEL- Mr. Dowell
Attached is a online link for teachers to use to give you ideas about strategies to support our ILT action for students when it comes to defending math problems. Please see visit www.foreseightreport.org.