The Titan Way

Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve, Return with Honor!

Travel Plans

During our data team meetings last Tuesday, I asked the Social Studies team why their US History students did so well on the EOC last Spring. While nonfiction writing, vertical alignment and expectation were discussed, one element consistently observed in all History classrooms is the visible TARGET each day. There is a place on the board in every History classroom that students and teachers refer to regularly. The targets are common across subject matter (i.e. all World Civ courses have the same target for that day.) The targets are clear and intentionally assessed.

When I hear Eddie Oakley, Principal at Shelby County, talk about Targets, he talks about them being a "road map." He encourages his teachers to "pull out the road map throughout the trip." They realize that they can't just put it on the board and leave it. As teachers, we know we have to discuss the target regularly during class.

TARGETS show students that you are beginning with end in mind. TARGETS show students a reminder of where they are going. TARGETS show students why they are doing the work they are doing. As you plan for closure each day in your class, make sure you measure how close the class came to hitting the TARGET.

Engaging Underperforming Students

Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have honed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices. Click on the school name to watch a video of how they do it.

Faculty Meeting

On Tuesday we will have our United Way Kick Off Presentation. Each year, the United Way supports Shelby County with financial gifts that go far above what we donate each year. Let's get this started the right way.

I also want the whole faculty to observe the internal observation debrief during the faculty meeting. Come ready to learn!


Monday November 17th, 2014

· Board Meeting, MLCHS Work Session, 8:00-8:30pm, CO

Tuesday November 18th, 2014

· Faculty Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm, Library

United Way and Internal Visit Debrief

· Financial Aid Night (both MLCHS and SCHS), 6:00-7:30pm, PAC

Wednesday November 19th, 2014

· Make Up Faculty Meeting, 7:45-8:00am, PR

· CSIP, 3:30-4:30pm, PR

Thursday November 20th, 2014

· Admin, 8:45-10:45am, CR

· BCTC, All Day, PR (Heather Bell)

· Latino Night, 6:00-8:00pm, Library/Cafeteria

· Board Meeting, 7:00-9:00pm, CO

Friday November 21st, 2014

· Faculty Breakfast/PITCH-IN, 7:45-8:20am, PR

Great Reads

Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap

30 more creative ways to quiet a noisy class:

Try these lesser-known strategies organized by grade-levels.

Not your Traditional Classroom, Not your Traditional Teacher via @mrswideen

What Maxwell Learned fm Wooden

Rebooting Your Old Lesson Plans with the Ben Affleck School of Second Chances

Jacob Hisle, 8th Grade, was elected KYA Governor of Kentucky!