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Mathematics and Language Arts News

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Upcoming Events:

Social Studies/Language Arts Vertical - Sept 29

School Wide Writing - October 1

Saturday Math Academy - October 3

Curriculum Meetings

Math Gurus: See you on Tuesday during your planning time!

Literacy Gurus: Social Studies/Language Arts Vertical Team meeting is Tuesday, Sept 29. See you in the Professional Development Room on Purple at 8:15 sharp! (There are no curriculum meetings this week, as the vertical meeting takes the place of your weekly meeting.)

FIP Module 1 Discussions

October 6 is our first discussion of Formative Instructional Practices. We will meet TOGETHER (math and language arts) to discuss the first module. Plan to meet in the staff development room on purple hall during your curriculum meeting time.

I'll send another reminder next week... make sure you've watched the module prior to our meeting. Thanks!

~Curriculum Updates~

Language Arts

Write to Learn

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Vision (Math Folks! You may be interested too!)

The Offices of LA , MA, and SC are partnering to offer professional development that promotes a workshop model classroom and encourages cross curricular reading and writing. Our learning topics this year include the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the craft of reading and writing, and learning through inquiry. Middle and high classes will have a language arts and science literacy focus; Participants with at least 80% attendance will earn two PLUs; participants with 100% attendance will receive copies of all professional and mentor texts used in their grade level class during the Vision sessions.

What: Vision Cohort 7

When: 8:00 - 12:00 on the following Saturdays: Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, and Jan. 30.

Where: Peachtree Ridge High School

Participants must register in the PD&E tool no later than October 9. Participants should register for the section number appropriate to their grade levels.

6th gr- #21389

7th gr- #21390

8th gr- #21391


Food for Thought

What is the purpose of student homework? How do you use the information you gather from it it in your daily work with students?

How do you use your daily targets? Are they informing your instruction? How does the warm-up work your students tackle each day relate to the bigger work you are doing? How do their responses guide you as you meet with individuals, groups, the whole class?

Consider the value of everything you do with your students on a daily basis. Consider how it informs your instruction. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions above. Sure, some answers could be considered better practice than others, but the most important thing is that you are thinking about the work your students do and the value it adds to your daily instruction.

We will briefly discuss these items during our curriculum meetings on Tuesday. They fit into our framework questions: how do we know when students are learning? what do we do when they are not learning? what do we do when they are learning?

I can't wait to hear your thinking!

Richards Middle School

As partners, we the students, staff, parents, and community of Richards Middle School commit to provide a welcoming and superior learning environment that empowers and inspires all students to develop their potential for excellence in academics and success in life.