I am King!
Changing the Narrative From Better to Best!
2nd Quarter (9 weeks)
With that being said, This week's instructional focus will be on the delivery of instruction. We will be observing how the instruction is being delivered by the teacher. As the administrators conduct their weekly walk-throughs we will be looking at how the instruction is being delivered to students. Below are some specific look fors:
- Does the teacher repeat the learning target to the students and ask if there are any questions?
- Is the majority of the instructional time led by the teacher?
- Is student discourse evident?
- Is there scaffolding taking place?
- Are students allowed to grapple?
- Is higher-order questioning being used, based on the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, to promote critical thinking?
- Are collaborative teachers working in unison to promote parallel teaching?
- Are SPED accommodations being implemented based on IEPs?
- Are there too many worksheets being used and not enough student engagement activities, like turn and talk and think-pair-share?
- Is there checking for understanding throughout the lesson?
- Are learning activities aligned to the SOL standards and sub-standards?
- Is there differentiation within the instruction?
- Are teachers implementing Teach Like a Champion strategies, during the instructional delivery?
This is not a complete list, but just some ideas of what the look fors will be.
Student Academic Conferences
Some things you may want to discuss are listed below:
- VGA Score
- Checkpoint Data
- Overall Academic Status - proficient, need improvement, unsatisfactory
- Next Steps
Please document your student conferences, for future reference.
MLK Unified Learning Target Format
Today I will...
So that I can...
I know I have it when...
This is for all teachers.
If you have any questions, please see your content supervisor.
The goal is for at least a 95% student participation rate and at least a 75% student pass rate. However, if students do not meet the goals stated above, it is still an opportunity to use the data to guide your personalized learning groups.
Personalized groups should be structured instructional time where students are divided into small groups, based on data that teachers collect like exit tickets, checkpoints, quizzes, etc.
Also, personalized groups should be a part of your lesson plans weekly. Make sure that the personalized learning group rotations are explained in detail to students before they move into groups.
If you need any assistance, please see the math or reading coaches and/or your content administrator.
At the beginning of homeroom, teachers are expected to be standing outside of their doors, ready to greet students with a kind gesture(fist bump, smile, verbal greeting, etc.).
Community circles should be a classroom norm at this point. If it isn't, please make it one.
Administrators will be observing community circles this week and giving feedback.
If You See Something, Say Something
If you notice a student doesn't look or feel well, say something to your grade-level chair, grade-level administrator, and/or immediate supervisor.
If you notice student conflict and/or bullying, say something...
If you notice a child crying and/or extremely aggressive or angry, say something...
If you see any forms of instigating by a student and/or students, say something...
If you see students with their cell phones out or on their cell phones, say something...
If you see students cutting class, say something...
If you see a student leave the building, say something...
Teachers need to construct opportunities for classroom discourse that allow students to demonstrate mastery of the learning target, using some of the following strategies:
- turn and talk
- knee-to knee discussions
- choose text that inspires
- good questions
- get evidence from the start
- invite multiple perspectives
- add interpretation
- use sentence starters strategically
- develop and deepen arguments anticipate and correct misunderstandings
- encourage ownership
- textual evidence anchor charts (prove it)
Please talk to your students about the importance of coming to school everyday.
Attendance PALs (Perfect Attendance Liaisons)
If you have not been assigned an attendance PAL and are interested in becoming one, please see your immediate supervisor.
If you are an Attendance PAL, please make sure you have done the following:
- Introduce yourself to the student's parent(s) and/or caregiver.
- Introduce or reintroduce yourself to your PAL.
- Find out your PALS birthday, favorite colors, and favorite pastime.
- Set up checkpoints with your PAL for monitoring his/her daily attendance.
- Maintain documentation of parental contact when students are absent from school, on the attendance tracker. (See Mr. Murray for assistance)
- Celebrate your PAL's academic and attendance successes.
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Remember, children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying.
No Free Time..
Exceptions to this are incentive activities organized by the administration and/or staff.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Bell to Bell Instruction
Please make sure you are engaging your students through hands-on, collaborative, and creative activities. When students are engaged in their learning, they are less likely to cause conflict in the classroom.
Make sure you are monitoring how many students you are allowing to leave your class, during any given class period. Only one student is allowed in the restroom at a time. We want to be proactive in preventing an environment that creates misbehavior.
Thank you for all that you do and for your support.
Make sure you are enforcing the 30/30 rule consistently.
The systematic change is necessary because there are too many passes being written for restroom and water breaks. Every time a teacher has to submit a pass, it interrupts instruction. To improve our scores, we must utilize every minute to its fullest.
This will be an adjustment for everyone, but if we are consistent across the school with our systemic practices, we will increase coherence throughout the school.
- On Monday, review expectations for academics and behavior with your students moving into the second quarter.
- Remember, we have moved to 30/30, which means students should not leave the class, during the first and last 30 minutes of class, unless it is an emergency.
- Teachers should not be on their phones during instructional time. If you have to take an important call ask a colleague to watch your class if you do not have a co-teacher.
- Continue to work on grade-level and elective transitions in the hallways.
- Utilize the reading vending machines
- See something, say something...
- All staff members should be using the SMART Pass system as of Monday, September 11, 2023.
- Take attendance daily within the first 15 minutes of each class.
- Please review and reinforce expectations for cell phones. Students are not allowed to charge cell phones in the classroom. We must all be on the same page.
- Make sure you are conducting your community circles daily and they are not limited to homeroom classes, they may be used during any class period. It is a good strategy to center students before you introduce the lesson for the day.
- The DASH should be placed on the board daily.
- Please do not allow more than one student to use the restroom at a time from your classroom.
- Teachers are to report to work at 7:45 am
- Teachers, please make sure you are taking accurate attendance every day and calling parents when your students are absent. Also, make sure students have an opportunity to complete all missed assignments.
- Each homeroom teacher should contact the parents/caregivers of their students and use their parent logs to document calls. Elective teachers should contact their first-period students' parents and document the calls the same way.
- Elective teachers need to walk the 6th graders to the bottom of the steps and a 6th-grade team member should be there to receive the students.
- The cell phone policy is not an option and needs to be followed and enforced by everyone, including administrators, teachers, non - instructional staff, and students.
- Establish a daily routine in your classroom, that includes student temperature checks (how students are feeling)
- Practice the Teach Like a Champion techniques SLANT, Cold Call, Culture of Error, Do It Again, and 100%, for the first semester.
- Review voice levels and expectations for them in the classroom, hallways, and assemblies
- The instructional focuses for the first semester are SLO, checking for understanding, and student conferences.
Instructional and Behavior Focuses for the First Semester
- SLO - All teachers will review the SLO at the beginning, middle, and end of class.
- Checking for Understanding -Teachers will check for individual and whole class understanding, during each class period.
- Student Conferences - Make sure you are conferencing with students after assessments and using the conference slips.
Behavior Focus: Teach Like a Champion 3.0 Book (resource)
- SLANT - Teachers will implement SLANT during each class period.
- Cold Call - You on students regardless if they are raising their hand to keep everyone engaged.
- Culture of Error - Students feel comfortable making and discussing mistakes.
- 100% - Teachers will require 100% participation from all students, using a variety of techniques.
- Do it Again - When students fail to successfully complete a task, ask them to do it again correctly.
SOL Goals for the 2023 -2024 School Year
The score for all students will increase from 54% to 60% in math, during the 2023-2024 school year.
The score for all students will increase from 18% to 50% in science, during the 2022-2023 school year.
The score for all students will increase from 29% to 50% in Civics, during the 2023-2024 school year.
The attendance goal is to decrease chronic absenteeism from 27% to 25%.
The instructional focus is tier I instruction for maximum growth for all students
The academic improvement plan will be shared with the staff, during the first faculty meeting.
- Emergency folder with class roasters
- Emergency packet with red and green cards ( will be distributed to teachers before Wednesday)
- Review with students the expectations for leaving and returning during a fire drill.
- Practice walking with your students on your designated route, during a fire drill.
If you have any questions, please contact your immediate supervisor.
What is educational professionalism?
Respect and courtesy have been cited as key components of educational professionalism. A professional respects all others, even when that respect is not returned. As role models for appropriate behavior, educators always must show respect to colleagues, parents, and students.
As a teacher, you play a critical role in helping young people achieve success in the classroom. A professional demeanor shows you take your responsibilities seriously. Failing to act professionally sets a bad example and may cause you to lose the trust and respect of students.
Some characteristics of educational professionalism:
- Arrive to work on time or early.
- Dress respectfully and neat
- Ability to develop trusting and productive relationships with students...
- Productive and positive interaction with colleagues...
- Blame no one...
- Growth Mindset...
- Patient, caring, and kind..
- Knowledge of learners...
- Compliment others..
- Ask for help...
No Cell Phones
- 1st infraction - Verbal warning (ask the student to put the phone away)
- 2nd infraction - Contact parent/Caregiver
- 3rd infraction - Meet with admin, cell phone confiscated for the rest of the school day, and returned at dismissal.
- 4th infraction -Conference with the parent and request that the student leave his or her cell phone at home.
Share this information with your students.
Teach Like A Champion Techniques
Technique - SLANT
- To maximize students' ability to pay attention, use an acronym to teach students key baseline behavior for learning. like SLANT (Sit up, Listen, Ask, and answer, nod your head, and track the speaker).
Technique - Cold Call
- You on students regardless if they are raising their hand to keep everyone engaged.
Technique - Culture of Error
- An environment where students feel safe making and discussing mistakes, so you can spend less time hunting for errors and more time fixing them
Technique - 100% Participation
- One hundred percent of your students follow a given direction in your classroom.
Technique - Do It Again
- When students fail to successfully complete a task, ask them to do it again correctly.
Week at a Glance - October 30 - November 3, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
- Admin. Meeting - Review 1st 9 weeks glows/grows, professional development schedule based on need, next steps of support
- 1st 9 weeks grades due
- Wear your favorite Marvel t-shirt
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
- Grade Level Lesson Plan Meetings - Planning Periods
- RTI Meeting -2:00 pm
- Costume Contest - 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (only students participating)
- Wear your favorite costume - no face mask, no weapons of any kind, no fake blood, no face paint, no fake teeth
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
- B- Day
- English and Math Department Meetings (review data from checkpoints)- 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
- Reading and Math Coach meeting w/ the principal - 2:00 pm
- Attendance Meeting -Mr. Murray (12:00 -1:30 p.m.)
- Lesson plans are due by 4:00 pm - post in Google Classroom
- Report cards go home
- Pink out Wednesday (from the movie) - wear pink
Thursday, November 2, 2023
- A- Day
- Girls Basketball Playoff Game - MLK vs ? Team TBD
- MLK VCSIP Leadership Meeting - 3:30 -5:00 pm
- Throwback Thursday - wear your favorite retro look from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Friday, November 3, 2023
- B- Day
- Principal and AP Smart Goals are due
- SOL Checkpoint #1 - English Department
- Report Cards go home
- Harvest Dance -7th Grade Sponsor
- Flip It Friday - Students dress like your favorite teacher and teachers dress like a student
Saturday, November 4, 2023
- VUU vs VSU Football Game @ Hovey Field -1:00 pm
- To Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Carter, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Robinson for all of their hard work in preparing for the Championship Habits Meetings. Great Job!
- To Ms. Scott and Ms. Johnson for holding down the 6th and 7th grade hallways on Friday.
- To our IAs: Mrs. Tennessee, Mr. Jackson, Mr. T. Jackson, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Barnes for being so flexible and supportive.
- To L. Johnson & D. Robinson for logistics for an excellent presentation at the Championship Habits Meeting.
- To Hunter, Scott, Tennessee, L. Johnson, and Baines for making our Popcorn/Movie incentive
- To J. Johnson & K. Johnson for logistics for the Harvest Festival.
- The science department for their hands-on activities challenge.
Quote of the Week
" I touch the future, I teach." - Christa McAuliffe