Week ending January 16, 2015
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Jan. 22 - Jennifer Potts
Jan. 24 - Kalie Sires
And a happy HALF birthday to...
July 20 - Jennifer Henard
Dates to Remember
Jan. 20 - Grit Day - Jeans Day!
Jan. 20 - Pollitte's Baby Shower - Take 2!
Jan. 21 - KC Club Meeting
Jan. 23 - DinoBeat (Nine Week Recognitions), Recess & Duty Coverage, PTA Dollar Days: Pajamas, & PTA Movie Night: The Boxtrolls
Jan. 20 - 30 - MOY AIMSWeb Window
Upcoming Learning Opportunity
#edCampAwesome will be held at Royse City High School in Royse City. It is being led by some pretty great people, who did an amazing job last year.
- are seated.
- are not bringing the lunch tote to the cafeteria.
- are not going to the library.
- are not traveling to the office, unless there is an emergency.
- are silent.
Remind students that this is a time in which Ms. Duvall and announcers lead us in the pledges, fill us in about important information, and help to get our day started on the right foot.
Purposeful talk is really quite easy to integrate into the classroom. Planning and being intentional with your seed questions can help this time to be more fruitful for your students. Once you have your talking points, then you can introduce questions for discussion through:
- small groups/table groups
- turn & talks
- teach-okays - SWITCH
I know some concerns with purposeful talk is that the students will not discuss what they are supposed to be discussing. (Shocker, right?) Setting clear expectations and then "popping" into the discussions randomly will help students to stay on track.
Allowing kids to talk to their peers about what is being taught helps to solidify their understanding of new concepts, plus it gives them an opportunity to construct and refine their understandings of language. Win-win!