LV Impact

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - November 8

Quote of the Week

The quote of the week goes to our very own Mrs. Manthe. After the staff meeting Wednesday morning, she said "I'm intentional all the time; that's why I'm exhausted." I think this would make a great T-shirt for all of us at Lakeview. (By the way, this quote was said in a very positive context, which can be hard to convey in a newsletter.)

When we are intentional, good questions are planned in advance, every learning target is examined, every group is thought out, and so on. That's what we do at Lakeview! Nothing is left to chance. Our culture is intentional, the physical look of our school is intentional, the way we communicate with families is intentional, and certainly the way we teach is intentional.

Being that intentional all the time about everything is why I love education and why I love Lakeview. Thanks, Mrs. Manthe, for helping me realize that!

Hoosiers Strategy

I've been in many conversations lately that deal with student engagement. Here's a strategy that someone gave me a long time ago (translation: last century) and that you can use in nearly every situation, with the exception of workshop minilesson since we are not looking for hands raised during that time. Let's call it the "Hoosiers strategy" because in the movie, the coach (Gene Hackman) tells his team "Don't shoot until you pass the ball at least four times." Here's what that means in the classroom:

• Pose a question

• Take at least four student responses in quick succession

• Do not respond to any of the four students except to plainly say "thank you" after each

• After all four (or more) responses are given, only then does the teacher dive into responses.

This eliminates the dynamic that happens in a classroom where the teacher only gets one response before moving on. It also values each response in an equal way.

A Procedural Strategy to Try

In our recent focus on literacy during grade level meetings and coaching sessions, one piece that has come up is that students seem to be more engaged if they can set up their independent reading spot before the minilesson. This allows you to say "Off you go!" and have students immediately start reading and applying the strategy you just taught. If this is something you have not tried already, I suggest giving it a chance for multiple days in a row and see what effect it has.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Nov 11 - Lakeview Building Meeting (monthly open office hours for anyone to visit with Chris about building issues - not a required meeting) from 7:45-8:15 in the library

Tuesday, Nov 12 - Jen Sielaff will be here for building hours just like on October 24th, except this time she will be here in the morning from 8:45-11:45. Jen will be in Room 122 (the YMCA wraparound room) during this time.

Wednesday, Nov 13 - Shower luncheon (soups and breads) to celebrate Brianne & Amy!

Thursday, Nov 14 - 5th grade camp meeting at 6 p.m. and PTO Meeting at 7 p.m. (both in the library)

Monday, Nov 18 - The food drive bus comes to collect all of our items at 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov 19 - LV TSS team meeting from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in the library

Wednesday, Nov 20 - Staff meeting from 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Thursday, Nov 21 - PTO Glow Dance from 5-7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Cards

If you were here last year, you remember our Character Dares. There was a Character Dare prior to holiday breaks that encouraged teachers to write a quick postcard to any students that you feel might benefit. We have plenty of postcards remaining and we have the postage. If you are interested in sending postcards to students at any time, ask Roxanne or Cortney.

Structural Items

Link to this week's family newsletter

Number Talk books - All classroom teachers please place your "X" in the correct column in this document so we order more books where necessary. Even if you already have the book, let me know. 4th/5th teachers, I will talk to you about the fraction book separately.

Personal Day Blackouts - here is a link to blackout days for elementary personal days.