Designing our Design LAB
2015-16: A Year of Learning, Making and Designing Together
For staff, we often view this time of year as a time to slow down and ease into the end of the year. This cannot occur at Design Lab this year. As we know, we are a failing school. We've got to determine what instructional practices we need to adjust, add, and change to improve student learning. We must also determine what systems, structures, and policies we need to adjust, add, or change to support our school.
I hope everyone is returning rested and rejuvenated because there's lots to be done!
You Can Make It Day
Individual Meetings This Week
As a reminder, we will discuss:
-What you intend for students to learn in the upcoming week
-What standard(s) you are teaching during the week
-How you will know if the students are learning what is intended
-What your plan is for students who may not be learning what is intended
-What support you need from me to help all students learn what is intended during the week
I will be coming around this week to visit classes and check lesson plans. I won't be collecting anything, and these are non-evaluative visits. Please leave your lesson plan for the day on your desk, so I don't need to interrupt your lesson to ask you for it.
Robotics This Week:
There is Robotics this week, but because of NWEA Testing, it is shifting from Wednesday to Friday, April 8th. Please tell all Robotics students this on Monday.
Visitors to Design Lab This Week
Friday, April 8-9:30-10:30-The Cleveland Transformation Alliance (Team of 2-3) will be visiting. They will be visiting classrooms.
Friday, April 8-Ann Mullin from the Gund Foundation is visiting from 12:00-2:00. She will be visiting classes.
Testing in April
Our first tests are this Tuesday, April 5th and Wednesday, April 6th.
The testing schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Reading Assessment
Start Time: 8:20AM
End Time: 10:00AM
Ninth Grade Proctors: Stickel, Paris, O'Hara, White
Tenth Grade Proctors: Witt, Senor, Beavers, Bailey
Late Arrivals: Romito (1st), Yeung (2nd)
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Math Assessment
Start Time: 8:20AM
End Time: 10:00AM
Ninth Grade Proctors: Gill, Paris, O'Hara, White
Tenth Grade Proctors: Romito (7th)/Witt (6th), Senor, Beavers, Bailey
Late Arrivals: Stickel (7th), Yeung (6th)
11th and 12th grade classes will take place as normal (and pass at the bell), with no passes during classes.
Each proctor will be assigned students, similar to the groupings used for the Winter NWEA offering. These lists will be posted on the office window when students arrive back from spring break on April 4, 2016. Tests will take place in the proctor's classroom. Ms. Bailey will test in 202A, Ms. White will test in 203A.
Testing Schedule Changes! Please Be Aware of This and Let Students Know On Monday
On Wednesday, April 6, we will follow a reverse schedule (7th - 1st). By following a reverse schedule, we will still ensure each teacher receives a prep period, and we will not have to deal with two days of instruction without all of our classes. Ms. Yox will print off a copy of the reverse schedule on Monday, but all class times will remain the same.
Proctors will need to:
- Collect cell phones from students prior to testing.
- Once testing begins, inform students of the website, Test ID, and password.
- Monitor the testing room until 10am. No student is allowed to leave the testing room until testing has ended throughout the building. If a student is still testing at 10am, Ms. Yox will move the student to an alternate location and continue testing.
Late arrivals, as well as any 11th/12th grade students enrolled in a proctor's class, will be monitored each day. Ms. Yox will place a note on each proctor's door with instructions for these students. Ms. Yox will also provide you with the website, Test ID, and password Tuesday morning.
Motivating Students for the NWEA
200 Minutes This Week
After having three extra days of personal planning after school; here's the plan for the week:
Monday, April 4-Personal Planning Time/APT/BLT Meeting
Tuesday, April 5-Personal Planning Time/APT/BLT Meeting
Wednesday, April 6-Learning by Doing
Thursday, April 7-Learning by Doing