September 9 - September 15, 2013

Principally Speaking

Thank you for your hard work these first two weeks!

  • Expectations: To improve the learning experiences for our students, Administration and Teachers will use Title 1 manipulatives, anchor charts, Lonestar Rigorous Problem solving, TEKS Target Math, and Guided Reading for Small Group. We also have A-Z Phonics and other programs to use. Check with your ISTs!
  • Let's Learn Together: So what exactly is Number Talks? Number talks were developed for classroom teachers to engage students in "mental math" through grappling with interesting mathematics problems. Educators can use number talks regularly as introductions to the day’s mathematical practice, as “warm ups” for other lessons, or as stand-alone extended engagements with mathematical concepts. What does that look like in the classroom? Check out the videos below. Need more info, visit Each grade level has a number talks book. Please ask your grade level representative for guidance as well.
  • Professional Growth: Did you know there are now Techno Tuesday SMLs? The web based workshops teach everything from Google Docs, Edmodo, Twitter, QR codes and creating digital lessons. Sign up and find out more in Eduphoria under Technology icon.

Exemplary Lessons in Action at NRES

These first few days, Oliver and I have observed several classrooms. We are excited to see amazing teaching and learning happening. Everything from Frayer Model in Math Journals to Anchor Charts, Group Norms and Number Talks! Wow! Check out the pictures below. We will be coming to your room this week. Keep up the amazing work!


PDAS CERTIFICATE: Please upload your PDAS refresher or initial PDAS certificate by Friday September 13 on eduphoria

PDAS Teacher Self Report Part 1: Under the PDAS section on eduphoria please submit part 1 of the Teacher Self Report by Friday September 13.

Weekly Happenings

Monday: TPRI/Tejas Lee BOY Testing Window Opens

Tuesday: PLC Meetings in all grade levels, Math and Science SML @ 3:30pm

Wednesday: No special Events

Thursday: NRES Committee meetings at 3:30pm

Friday: PTA Back to School Dance @ 6:30 p.m.

Where is Admin this week?

Monday: Oliver @ 504 meeting 3:30pm

Tuesday: Jackie @ Lead4ward training - All Day

Wednesday: Oliver @ Lead4ward training - All Day. Jackie Feeder Pattern meeting

Thursday: We are both here!

Friday: Krista & Oliver eSchool Gradebook training at 9:00am

September Staff Birthdays

Tricia Poole 9/10

Laura Lee McCartney 9/10

Sandra Anderson 9/12

Irma Magana 9/13

Oliver Mujica 9/15

Debbie Smith 9/20

Delia Ortega 9/24

Amber Richards 9/25

Janice Freeman 9/27

Aida Hernandez 9/28

Using Number Talks to Build Students' Math Reasoning
Math Talk: Multiplication with Manipulatives
Kindergarten Number Talk