Killian STEAM Leader's Magnet- Friday, April 8, 2016
We believe all students are capable of learning, especially when provided authentic and engaging opportunities.
We believe teachers facilitate student learning by creating positive and effective classroom communities and by collaborating with colleagues and parents.
We believe parental involvement is a significant component to students’ academic performance and success.
We believe developing partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and the community is important to our school’s success.
We believe 21st Century learning is best achieved in a nurturing, authentic, and collaborative environment.
We believe administrators’ support is necessary to empower faculty, staff, parents, and the community to prepare 21st Century learners.
Lesson Plan Reminder
Please submit all lesson plans to the shared folder in google drive by 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. If you are a related arts teacher, please submit your plans prior to each A day.
Bring Joy Back to the Classroom- Jonathan Eckert
I teach to entertain myself. For the past 20 years, I have shared this key to quality instruction with elementary through college students.
They all look at me like I am a bit egocentric and a little crazy. I don't think I am.
My own entertainment is only one ingredient of the whole recipe for a productive learning environment. But if I am not enjoying teaching, student learning will suffer. If I am bored, burned out, or beaten down, it is highly unlikely that my students will engage in vibrant learning. This is true for assessment, content, and classroom management—the three cornerstones of quality instruction.
One way to judge the quality of an assessment is: Do I want to grade it? If I get tired of assessing essays that try to persuade the principal to say no to school uniforms, I change the assessment. If I can't bear to read another policy memo about a particular topic, I change the syllabus. If I do not enjoy assessing the assignment, my students rarely enjoy completing it. The quality of the work suffers.
What about teaching the same content day after day? I taught four sections of science to 7th graders for years. Photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and asexual reproduction were not what got me out of bed in the morning. The key for me was to focus on how 100 different individuals interacted with the concepts during the labs. Suddenly, asexual reproduction became fascinating when I heard students trying to make sense of it. "How can a potato get jiggy under the ground?" one student asked.
Classroom management also has to remain fresh. I posted a magnetic Elvis Presley replete with an extensive wardrobe on the front board of my 5th grade classroom. If the class got too loud, I would remove, for example, Elvis' Hawaiian lei. This equaled one less minute of recess. A lei and the removal of his sunglasses equaled three fewer minutes, and so on. The students could earn these items back for quality work. At the end of the week, if Elvis was dressed like "the King," we had 15 minutes of recess. Eventually, I only had to take a couple steps toward Elvis to quiet the classroom.
Art Room Queen!
Congratulations to our very own “Queen of the Art Room" Nancy Marine, she was featured in a WLTX story about the 2016 Runaway Runway. Watch the story here http://www.wltx.com/…/trash-turned-fashion-at-run…/110789148. Take a minute and marvel at some of Ms. Marine's creations below. Photos courtesy of: The State, Patrick Oates Photography and Mark Green Studios.
"To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a HERO!"- Anonymous
A Message from Mrs. Porter!
Review Fun with Mrs. Porter
Teachers I would love to share a cool new feature of Quizlet or Kahoot with you! Feel free to book me for a 15 minute game with your class to review a soft skill. When you book me be sure to let me know what skill you want to review...i.e. multiplication, root words/stems, animal behaviors, etc.
*Reminder Thursday is Techie Thursday : Please bring a device and standards for an activity or assignment you want to create. We will create a Board Builder that you can use as a quarter 4 grade.*
Dancing the Night Away!
A Closer Look
Media Rotation Week
Monday, April 11
First Grade Field Study to Sesqui Park
PTO Board Meeting- 5:00-6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12
First Grade Field Study to Sesqui Park
New to Killian Meeting- 3:30-4:30 PM
Wednesday, April 13
Lighthouse Team Meeting- 3:30-4:30 PM
Thursday, April 14
Friday, April 15
Awards Day in Classroom
Week of April 18- April 22, 2016
PE Rotation Week
Monday, April 18
PBL Full Faculty Meeting
SIC Meeting- 5:00-6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 19
Wednesday, April 20
STEAM Advisory Team Meeting- 3:30-4:30 PM
Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 22
Readers Become Leaders Day