Roberts Middle School
Aviator Agenda: January 18-22
Is perception reality?
In our lives we create our own reality. Earl Nightingale said it best through a story. A farmer was asked by a passing stranger in a covered wagon, “What kind of people live around here?” To which the farmer replied, “Well, stranger, what kind of folks were there in the country you come from?” “Well, there was a mostly low-down, lying, thieving, gossiping, backbiting lot of people,” said the stranger. And the farmer replied, “Well, stranger, I guess that’s about the kind of folks you’ll find around here.” The first wagon was hardly out of sight when another newcomer interrupted the farmer’s work with the same question: “What kind of folks was there in the country you came from?” the farmer asked again. “Well,” said the stranger, “there was mostly a decent, hardworking, law-abiding, friendly lot of people.” And again the farmer replied, “Well, I guess stranger, that’s about the kind of folks you’ll find around here.” “Our individual worlds,” Nightingale said, “will respond to us in the way in which we see them. They will become for us that which we expect of them. We are the creators of our own surroundings.”
How you define and see your students in your mind creates your reality. If you see your students as not capable, mediocre, and lazy, then that will be how you will always see them. Using that framework of thinking, your students will never have the opportunity for success. However, if you see your students through the lens of hope, your students will always have a chance.
Today, what lens are you using to see your students? We can never give up on our students. The journey of education is a marathon. You never know when the seeds of possibility will take fruition. It might be now or it might be later in their education, but as teachers we can never give up hope.
Monday Staff Development
WATCH VIDEO: GRADUAL RELEASE MODEL
FOCUSED WALKTHROUGHS: SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION
3 QUESTIONS THAT WILL GUIDE YOU
What does increasing rigor look like? This means providing our students more of a challenging and meaningful learning environment. We want to create a small group environment where students are thinking critically and actively employing problem solving skills. We need to allow our students the opportunity to struggle in their learning.
How do you support this necessary struggle to take your student further than ever? This can only happen if we preplan our questions. At times, we let our students off the hook by supplying the answer too quickly. One of the tools we can implement within our small groups is to check for understanding. Understanding is best gauged through a written answer. Written responses give teachers an objective framework for understanding when to move on and when to reteach.
What will we be looking for:
- Give students the opportunity to struggle
- Preplan questions and sentence stems
- Check for understanding through writing
FLIGHT ITINERARY: JANUARY 18-22
Monday : Casual Dress (Capris, jeans, flip flop, shorts, t-shirts acceptable)
- 8:00 -8:30 Taco Breakfast
- 8:30 - 10:30 Gradual Release Staff Development
- 10:30 -11:30 Work in Your Room
- 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
- 12:30 -3:30 Work in Your Room
- Thompson Athletic Meeting
- 10:15-11:13 6th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 12:53-1:51 5th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 1:55-2:53 5th Grade Math PLC
- 1:55-2:53 6th Grade Reading PLC
- 2:57-3:55 5th Grade Reading PLC
- 2:57-3:55 6th Grade Math PLC
- Bondy/Thompson Registration (History Classes)
- 10:15-11:13 5th Grade Science PLC
- 12:53-1:51 6th Grade Science PLC
- Bondy Athletic Meeting
- Staff Appreciation Lunch from Gulf Coast Credit Union (Pizza)
- South Belt Elementary School Viist
- RMS Science Fair