Lakeview Staff Newsletter - January 17
Put simply, constructivism means that human learners actively construct their own knowledge as determined by their experiences (more info). We stand on the shoulders of great theorists such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, and Jerome Bruner when we choose these approaches (when it comes to math, Bruner is especially influential).
How does this play out in our school day?
In math, we let students struggle productively with partners, allow misconceptions to emerge, and we let them hear each other's strategies during Number Talks to build conceptual understanding. In Reader's & Writer's workshops, we allow students to read and set goals. We confer with them, provide feedback, and coach into book clubs. In science, we allow students to build understanding from readings, apps, and experiments. That's just a few ideas - there are more.
It takes a really effective and confident teacher to work in a constructivist classroom because the ownership is on the student for the learning. Not only do teachers need to instruct; teachers need to cultivate the environment and conditions in which students want to build knowledge and understanding. It means that we first create classroom communities that have positive working relationships. It means that we need to have high expectations for students. It means we need to be clear to students about what they are expected to learn through learning targets and learning goals. It means teachers need to know each student as an individual learner.
I wouldn't want to be in any other school than a constructivist school. It honors a student's ability to learn. It honors teacher expertise in a multi-faceted way. Lakeview is about relationships and high expectations - a perfect place for constructivism to flourish.
Mon, Jan 27 - Rockstar day
Tues, Jan 28 - Mismatched and/or crazy hair day
Wed, Jan 29 - Hat day
Thurs, Jan 30 - Sports/Team apparel day
Mon, Feb 3 - Pajama day
Mindfulness Info from Nancy
Wed, Jan 22 - Ann Newman science office hours from 2:00-3:00 in Jaime's office
Thurs, Jan 23 - busy day!
• Ann Newman science office hours from 7:45-8:30 in the library• Kindness Week kickoff assembly at 9:50 in the gym
• McTeacher night 4:30-7:00
Fri, Jan 24 - 11:45 student dismissal, Records Day afternoon for teachers
Wed, Jan 29 - Staff Meeting (math) 7:15-8:15 in the library
Wed, Jan 29 - Chris, Jaime, and Kasia to TSS event in Pewaukee
Fri, Jan 31 - PD Day - no students
MAP Testing - Spreadsheet - Please do any make-up testing on your own or with your team whenever possible. If there are students that are going to need significantly more time, please let me know and we will figure out a plan. I would like all testing complete by Friday, Jan 24.
Personal Day Blackouts - here is a link to blackout days for elementary personal days.