2/17-2/21

RHS Week in PREVIEW - Make IT Matter!

Weekly Events

"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


2/18

Boys' Tennis @ GHS, Girls' Tennis vs. GHS; Track @ Hudson, VB @ HHS

Title 1 State Parent Meeting 6pm RM 106


2/19

Ram U Meeting 7:40AM RM 106

Ram U Monthly Assembly 3rd period

Softball vs. SLHS 6pm


2/20

BPMS visit to academies & programs 9:45-12:45

Girls' Tennis @ FHS, Boys' Tennis vs. FHS; Varsity Baseball vs. LOLHS


2/21

SAC Meeting 7:30AM RM 206

Track @ GHS

Softball @ Villages

Varsity Baseball @ Trinity Catholic

2/17 FedEx Day

ACTION REQUIRED.


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 implemented these learning goals and scales with her students at the beginning of the unit by using a Google Doc/Form to track student progress. Check out the survey and responses at the link & graphs below.



https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dAVSbPyVKOROp_kYzOJB615yHd4Vp17vA3KirkhrmLA/viewform


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.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eXyLJ1UbgsQJ9EkqtZ4ioNA6BhxwmLPXjJSOYhzF7OA/viewform


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."

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