EAGLE MOUNTAIN NEWS & NOTES #9
OCTOBER 12, 2015
Today is our professional development district day from 8AM to 3:40 PM. I trust it will be a valuable day of learning for you, & I hope you’ve selected the courses that you will get the most out of.
Tomorrow our work begins at 8:00 with our Campus day & it will be focused on Suicide Awareness & bullying training, ICLE work & Rubrics, & Vertical team meetings. Here’s what our day on Tuesday will look like:
7:50 - 8:05 – Light Breakfast
8:05 – 9:30 - Drew will provide training for our staff in Suicide Awareness & Bullying
9:30 – Break
9:45 – 11:45 – You will work in vertical teams to familiarize yourself with the Rubrics & plan a Quad D Lesson. We will have guided questions ready to assist you. During this time Bryan & Kelli will pull the Team leaders/Design Team to discuss Instructional Rounds.
11:45 – Lunch – On your own
1:00 – R-Time Training with Drew for 2-5 teachers – (K & 1 teachers do not need to attend since you are already using the Positive Behavior Support in your classroom.) If you are not involved in R-Time training, you will have PLC time!
2:00 -3:00 – You will meet with your Vertical Teams – Establish norms, what do we want our vertical teams to produce?
Beth - Science
Lisa – Social Studies
Tim – Math
Regina - ELAR
First Grade Vocabulary lesson: ZANY
Important Information this week!
- Our team leaders will meet on Wed. afterschool. If you have items you’d like added to the agenda, please have those to me by tomorrow afternoon.
- We will be starting Eagle Mountain 25 on October 25th.
- Clubs are scheduled to begin October 23rd & students will sign up next week. Drew will share his ideas for student sign ups.
- Thanks for your support of our new vocabulary push. I enjoyed the time with the kids last week – please ensure that they are given opportunities to teach their grade level’s word to other grade levels sometime either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. This can be accomplished several different ways such as creating a poster, thru pictures, through a video etc. Our hope is that you will get creative. As far as when you will teach that is up to you! You may pick a buddy class & partner up during a lesson, or whatever works with your schedule. I just ask that your learners be given the opportunity to teach their word to other grade levels & other groups at some point throughout the week.
WORDS OF THE WEEK
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOCAB IS IN THIS SMORE
HIGHLIGHTING SOME GREAT TWEETS OF THE WEEK!
Week 8 – Create a Flipped Lesson that you can use with your learners. Watch the video above and check out the resource below from last year.
You don't have to make your own video, but the research says a video with the teacher in it is most effective. If you are uncomfortable with being on camera just find a video that someone else made.
Week 9 – Create a presentation for your class using one of the following presentation tools: Prezi, Powtoon, Emaze, Power Point, or another one that you like.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday – District Professional Development Day – 8AM – 3:40 PM (Sign up in Eduphoria)
Tuesday – Campus Professional Development Day – 8AM – Library (Suicide Training, ICLE, Rubrics, PLC meetings, R-time training & Vertical team meetings)
Wednesday – Team Leader meeting 2PM
Thursday – Names of 1st nine weeks Eagles of Character are due to Sandra
Friday – Morris Brothers 8-10AM
WHAT DOESN’T WORK IN EDUCATION: THE POLITICS OF DISTRACTION
How can we ensure that every student achieves at least one year’s progress for one year of schooling?
Governments and schools have spent billions of dollars trying to fix education. But evidence shows that many popular solutions have little impact on student learning.
In two new reports, renowned education researcher John Hattie explores common policy “fixes” that distract from other, potentially better, solutions.
NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE SOLUTIONS FROM JOHN HATTIE.
“If you treat someone like they are broken, they will always behave like they need to be fixed.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
What are you doing daily to increase the RIGOR in your classroom?
What evidence will we see of increased rigor in your class?
· We have such an AMAZING fifth grade team! Thanks to our fifth grade teachers, Dedra Jones, Jennifer DeCorte, Lisa Dunn, Beth Welch, & Chase Pettit for going the extra mile by attending Camp Jolt with our fifth graders last week. I wish you could know the joy in my heart from watching them interact with their students. They had a great bonding experience & undoubtedly connections were strengthened last week at during their outdoor education experience. It was incredibly selfless of our fifth grade team to give of their time for three days – it was exhausting but so so worth it. We have an OUTSTANDING fifth grade team, & today we celebrate them all!
· KUDOS are also extended to Kelli & Drew & Debbi & Candice for attending as well. You are appreciated!