the Winskill Weekly

#BetterTogether

Our test prep strategy? It's called TEACHING.

While at a recent meeting at CESA, we were asked to "Turn and Talk" to those at our table about what we have been doing in the way of Test Prep in our collective buildings and districts. To be honest, this question made my eye twitch, my stomach turn and my jaw clench. I won't lie- I'm not a fan of these tests, especially when we have no idea what they consist of, what they will be used for, and just what it is that they are actually assessing. I know that I did not go into education so that I could test children. I came to teach. I would be hard pressed to believe that there is a single teacher- no matter what the subject they might teach- who got into education to test. WE CAME TO TEACH. So that is what we do. We don't DO "test prep". We teach. We provide solid instruction every day. We work with students, support them, help them identify their strengths, bolster their weaknesses... but we don't do "test prep". I wasn't the only one who had that reaction. Others also felt that providing solid, balanced instruction throughout the school year was more beneficial to students than holding last minute testing practices or creating "classes" that took time away from real learning. Rather than doing test prep, we are working to create as comfortable a situation as we possibly can. We want our students to feel safe, to not be panicked or fearful. We provide a healthy snack, we take movement breaks, work to set students up for success... Thank you for all that you are doing to help support our students during this testing period---and thank you for the support that you are giving your colleagues during this time as well. Thank you for continuing to do what you came here to do: TEACH.

Diane shared this via email- Marcia has requested a suburban and they are looking to fill it up!

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Blog posts, Tweets, Ideas to Consider....

Let My Students Read

http://pernillesripp.com/2016/04/03/let-my-students-read/


What Drives Your Instruction?

http://pernillesripp.com/2016/04/02/what-drives-your-instruction/


Kevin Parr ‏@mrkevinparr Apr 3

We invite students to fail academically but punish them when they fail behaviorally. #ASCD16


"Kids who believe they're headed somewhere behave differently than kids who believe they're headed nowhere." -@PedroANoguera #ASCD16


Kelly Gallagher@KellyGToGo "Grading does not make kids better writers. Volume,choice, modeling, and conferring make kids better writers."


Jason Smith @smithja_jason "...I always tell Ss that no grade will define who they are but how they respond to adversity will. :)"

Looking Ahead....

Monday, 4/4 FORWARD Exam begins

Ms. Johnson's 3rd grade Pledge Leaders

Specials Team mtg @11:20

4K PLC @1:00

3-5 RtI @3:30

Tuesday 4/5

SpecEd PLC @8:15

Admin Mtg @9:00

1st gr PLC @11:00

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Wednesday 4/6

4th gr PLC @8:15

3rd gr PLC @9:15

Kdg PLC @10:45

Lunch Club

Staff Mtg @3:30

Thursday 4/7

2nd/3rd Thoughtful Thursday @8:15

2nd gr PLC @10:20

*No Homework Club

*Dinner served at 3:45 in lounge, courtesy of the district!

Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

Friday 4/8

No Student Attendance

Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00

Monday 4/11 Mr. Pross' 3rd gr Pledge Leaders

Specials team mtg @11:15

4K PLC @1:00

FOW mtg @6:30

Tuesday 4/12

SpecEd PLC @8:15

Admin Mtg PLC @9:00

1st gr PLC @11:00

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Wednesday 4/13

Autism Grant 7:30-12

4th gr PLC @8:15

3rd gr PLC @9:15

Kdg PLC @10:45

Faculty Leadership Mtg @3:30

POPS mtg @3:30

Board Mtg @7:00

Thursday 4/14

Andrea Gribble Author Visit @7:00 LHS

Thoughtful Thursday @9:20 w/ 4th/5th

2nd gr PLC @10:20

Winskill SpecEd mtg @3:30

Friday 4/15

#WinskillPride Assembly @8:15

Monday 4/18 Ms. Martin's 3rd gr Pledge Leaders

Early Release @11:45

Tuesday 4/19

Dental hygienist: flouride treatments in Activity Room

Mrs. Mezera's kindergarten hospital visit

1st gr PLC @11:00

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Wednesday 4/20

Dental hygienist: flouride treatments in Activity Room

4th gr PLC @8:15

Mrs. Straka's kindergarten hospital visit @8:15

3rd gr PLC @9:15

Kdg PLC @10:45

Lunch Club- Presentation Room

PBIS mtg @3:30

Thursday 4/21

Thoughtful Thursday @8:15 with 1st/2nd

2nd gr PLC @10:20

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Friday 4/22