RHS Week in PREVIEW - Make IT Matter!
"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
2/17 - No School for Students.
PLC Day 8AM-3PM; Breakfast served at 7:45; FedEx Delivery @ 2pm in RM 106
Boys' Tennis @ GHS, Girls' Tennis vs. GHS; Track @ Hudson, VB @ HHS
Title 1 State Parent Meeting 6pm RM 106
Ram U Meeting 7:40AM RM 106
Ram U Monthly Assembly 3rd period
Softball vs. SLHS 6pm
BPMS visit to academies & programs 9:45-12:45
Girls' Tennis @ FHS, Boys' Tennis vs. FHS; Varsity Baseball vs. LOLHS
SAC Meeting 7:30AM RM 206
Track @ GHS
Softball @ Villages
Varsity Baseball @ Trinity Catholic
2/17 FedEx Day
In preparing for our PLC Day on 2/17, I was inspired by Daniel Pink's Drive, a book that delves into the science of human motivation and how businesses and schools fail to motivate their employees at times. I wanted to explore the ideas of autonomy in learning, ensure that our organization is striving to reach mastery (but never attaining, of course, since mastery is an asymptote) and developing a strong sense of purpose for our actions.
In preparation for 2/17, please view these three short videos: the RSA Animate version of Pink’s Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us talk; Two questions that can change your life; and What’s your sentence? Some of these may seem familiar as we viewed them last year, but I think this is a great time to revisit these important principles.
Please consider writing a “sentence” that exemplifies your role in our school/their life, and write your sentence on this Padlet.
Below I summarized Pink’s key points regarding autonomy, mastery, and purpose and outlined the expectations for 2/17 (8AM-3PM).
On 2/17, your task is to be self-directed in your learning. Be productive. Live your sentence. Ask, am I better today than yesterday? Seek mastery in your role. Remember our ultimate purpose. The only rule? You must deliver. A product…a project…ideas…action.
Pink calls providing this autonomous time for innovation a "Fed Ex Day"- employees choose what to work on, with whom, and however they’d like. The expectation is that “they must deliver something: a new idea, a better internal process, a refined lesson plan, an innovative teaching practice – by the end of the day.”
As you work, consider the following:
- Task – Choose tasks that will benefit and impact student learning. Think differently!
- Technique – Design your activities and project work in your own way, so long as the end result is a benefit to students.
- Team – Work with your PLC team, but consult with the many knowledgeable people in our school! Every team will be responsible for “delivering.” Consider the importance of the collaborative efforts!
- Time – Use your time as you see fit. Products will need to be delivered by 2PM.
- Here are some examples, click here.
On 2/14, teachers will fill out a Google Form to let us know who would be working together, what you will accomplish, and where you will be working. This will help to provide a game plan when you arrive by 8AM (we will have breakfast) to get started. At 2PM, we will meet in RM 106 where each group will have 60 seconds to present their creation to the rest of the staff using the Google Doc as a share space.
Secondary Elective Art, Music, Drama Teachers (Optional)
You may attend one of the collaboration sessions in your area across the county. See the podcast provided by OTL here.
Around Campus Sharing Best Practices: Learning Goals & Scales/Tracking Student Progress
Ms. Moon's explanation to her PLC: "I have been working on an electronic scale. I liked using it with my students and look forward to reaping the benefits of having students track their progress towards the learning goals. Here is the electronic version of my PLCs scale for exponents.
This document allows me to see at a quick glance how students are feeling about the pieces of the learning goal. However, I wanted students to be able to see how they are coming forward as well, so they will keep this paper copy in their notebooks. There is a reflection piece for the kids as well as an example (Thanks Sara). Let me know what you think."
Write It Right Rams Writing Workshop
The success of this workshop shows the power of collaboration in a PLC. Leslie Hibbs, Sharlene Byrd, Chad Krupyak, Diana LoConti, Casey Haynes, Leah Mendenhall, Gloryvee Ortiz, Tisha Doohen, and Angie Murphy helped to prepare our 10th grade students for the FCAT Writes 2.0 which they will take on Feb. 25. Special thanks to John Ferriolo & crew, Diane Boise, Cathy Tezber, Donna Leonard, Melissa Olen, Alicia Leary for set up & food distribution.
RAK Week & 1 Billion Rising
Great job Angela Smith and Gloryvee Ortiz for coordinating a successful kindness week. Coverage of the event will be the lead story for Top of the Class next Sunday.
GEP Academic Progress Luncheon
Derek Delgardo, Catherine Adair, Cary Green, JD Baker, and Fatima Stark held an academic progress luncheon for those students in the GEP program making gains in semester 1. This is an excellent example of goal setting, tracking progress, and celebrating success!