Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter

March 2016

Moonshot Thinking - Inspire Yourself and Others

From what little time I have spent as Curriculum and Instruction Support here at ROCORI, I have developed a library - if you will - of resources for our district staff. Among the daily addition of articles, blogs, videos, PDF's, emails, and jpegs in my "Resources" collection, the most frequently visited folder is that of my "Inspirations". I am a sucker for everything inspiring, whether it be from kind emails, quotes, experiences I've had, or even in videos. Please take three minutes to watch the video Moonshot Thinking (click here). It has resonated with me to my core. -Stef Rothstein

RMS Students Raised $150 for ROCORI Action Packs

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Motivating the Reluctant Learner

THIS recently published article by Katrina Schwartz lists simple strategies that encourage students to take an active role in their learning journey. By attempting to focus on even one of these strategies, you can continue to build your repertoire of tools for the development of our 21st Century Learners.
How Youth Learn: Ned's GR8 8

The Concept of Motivating Students Begins with Teachers

If we want to motivate and engage students, the first step to achieving this is to begin reflecting on our own practice. We must ask ourselves: WHAT am I doing now? WHY am I doing it this way? and HOW can I make learning more meaningful and empowering for my students? George Couros, author of The Innovator's Mindset, speaks about how he took Carol Dweck's work on fixed and growth mindsets, and produced a book on not only learning, but creating with your learning, and identifying what you do with what you know.
#OurVoice: George Couros at TEDxBurnsvilleED

Changing the Perception of Portfolios

In a recent blog post, George Couros offers his take on why portfolios need to become more than just a documentation of growth - for all learners. Sharing documentation in a private manner (i.e. student conferences, review of instructional practices, etc.) is great for demonstrating growth and proficiency, but what if we took the idea further? Could it be possible that our ideas - those which we choose to showcase our growth - are worthy of sharing in a public forum? Wouldn't sharing our accomplishments help to create a more connected learning environment, build our own network of resources, and promote the talents and skills of stakeholders in ROCORI School District? Granted, all digital and public sharing must be accompanied by the understanding of digital citizenship and student and staff privacy - which needs to come first and foremost. However, once we have established our understanding of this, why don't we begin to "open the doors" of our classrooms for others to learn about what both we and our students are achieving?

Curriculum and Instruction Office

Sharing our ideas begins with trusting that we each have something valuable to contribute to the system. WE ALL MATTER, and that's what matters most.