Spaulding Middle News & Events
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Huge Shout Out to Coach King for all of his hard work in planning the annual Washington DC field experience. Students and Chaperones will be depart at 11pm this Tuesday night and will return around 10pm this Friday. We wish them all safe travels and hope they have lots of fun!
Spring is definitely in the air at Spaulding Middle. With that being said, let's remember to keep our students engaged and focused. Spring break will officially begin at the end of the school day this Friday. This well- needed break will give us all time to refresh, refocus, and relax before the final weeks of this school-year. I'd like for everyone to revisit Rita Pierson's video that I showed you at the beginning of the school-year to remind us all to be a champion for our students.
Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
Have an awesome week making a difference!
Increasing Instructional Effectiveness Through Reteaching
Author, Dr. Madeline Hunter is best know for her book titled Mastery Teaching: Increasing Instructional Effectiveness. Dr. Hunter is also credited with introducing the term" Reteaching" within her framework for mastery teaching. Everyone needs to be reminded of this very effective instructional tool. Remember, Reteaching is simply responding to a learning problem right away using a different method. Many of the positive effects reported in research on formative assessments are actually connected to reteaching. Oftentimes assessments reveal the fact that students truly had misconceptions or errors in understanding material when it was first introduced. Although reteaching can be a powerful tool, it is also important to know that in order for it to be truly effective, you must use a different approach from the one that you initially used. Your new approach should build on the activities previously used and focus on errors in student thinking.
News from the Learning Commons
Please remind students that the last challenge will require them to pass each AR test with an 85% or higher, which is a 5% increase from the last challenge.