The Timber Wolf Times
September 7th Edition
PLEASE WEAR TAFT SHIRTS OR RED ON TUESDAY
Library: Kellett, Peters, Robb, Enders
PLCs: Thursdays during common planning (art/library)in conference room
LST - Tuesday beginning at 1:30 Nelson, Enders, Kellett
Christina to cover classes.
Independence and Responsibility
Great First Week!!!
- PTO meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.
PTO will begin selling popcorn starting Tuesday for 50cents.
Hello Taft Teachers!
I wanted to give you a heads-up on AVMR testing at Taft. I will be testing all first grade, new students with concerns, and previous Tier 3 and Tier 2 supportive math students within these next two weeks. I will have the students all assessed on September 15 in order to begin grouping and meeting with students as soon as possible. I will try to work with your schedules, but I wanted you all to be aware that with so many students who need to be tested, I will have to pull students during specials. I wanted to say thank you so much for your support, and I ask that we all be patient with this process.
Again, thank you!
A Note from Our Math Coach
This year I would like to share with you a little bit about the Common Core Mathematical Practices. I will share with you all what the practices are, and a few tips on how to incorporate them in your classrooms. The first Mathematical Practice in Common Core states that students should make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. One great idea to ensure every student is “persevering” is to move away from hand raising for a correct answer, to a “quiet thumb” signal. Often children stop thinking when they see several hands raised, reinforcing their misconception that they are not good at math because they are not fast. The quiet thumb practice requires students to bring their hand to their chest and just raise a thumb when they have the answer, allowing others quiet think time, keeping all students engaged and learning... “I can’t do this!” “Can’t you just show me how?” “I don’t get it!” We have all heard these phrases of frustration during class, but how can we teach perseverance in math? The website We Are Teachers has identified 5 great ways to increase student confidence and perseverance. These 5 suggestions are:
Model your own problems solving strategies
Use anchor charts
Try math journaling
Success begins with believing they can achieve!
Calendar of Events - new items in bold
9/7 - Labor Day (no school)
9/8 - PBIS kick-off
Goal Tm meeting@3:20, library
PTO meeting 6:30 in cafeteria
9/9 SWIS training for PBIS 3:30-5:30, location TBD
9/21 - FOLLOW A FRIDAY SCHEDULE
9/25 - PLD day for staff
9/30 - picture day
Staff meeting@3:20 in library
This Week on Duty - Thank you for keeping our Timberwolves safe
- AM playground - Khols, Payne, Buschman, King
- AM 4K - Ferkel
- PM 4k- Ferkel
- Bus riders/lot - Khols
- Bike rack, Claire side - Buschman
- Bike rack, Western side - Pritzel/Lobermeier
- Crosswalk Clair - Bissing
- Crosswalk Western - Bonikowske
- 3-5 playground - Steinke
- Hallways - King (back hall), Payne (front hall)
- Sidewalk (Western side) - Brookins -M/T/W; Mast -W/F; TBA -R
- Sidewalk (Claire side) - Paiser-Wilson -M; Mueller -T/R; Marhzahl -W; TBA -F
- Sidewalk (Western side) for the week of 9/1/15 - Robb