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December 14-18, 2015
Time for Change
As we enter the final week of school for 2015, I want to thank the teachers who continue to embrace Personalized Learning in the midst of the vast changes occurring in GCS. Our district is undergoing a transition but one thing remains constant - our ability to help students reach their highest potential. If you did not read the post-district PACE observation report, please review the one for Allen and Guilford. Contact these teachers if you want to know more about the teaching strategies they used in their classrooms. We go to a lot of professional developments, but the best ones come from our colleagues. Do not hesitate to ask them for help.
As always, view the PLEF Instructional Coaching Menu to pick from a variety of resources to help you and your students grow. Click the links below to reserve 1:1 time with me. There are a variety of pre-made Canvas courses available. The holiday season is the perfect time to prep your online class so you may start anew in 2016. Have a great week.
Great Teaching and Learning Spotlight
Great teaching and learning is occurring in every classroom in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. Visit their classroom during planning to keep your ideas fresh. If you have something you'd like to share, email it to me and I'll feature it in my weekly updates.
Rookie teacher, Ms. Lail (GMS) breathes new life into Kahoot by having students respond in teams.
New Spin on Choice Boards
Allen's Mr. Norris uses Ziploc bags to easily switch out options for his Choice Board.
Short Answer Showcase
Mr. Terzigni (GMS) displays his students SHORT ANSWER responses to pull out key words in a verbal summarization exercise.
New Spin on Choice Boards
Mr. Jordan's (Allen/ESL) class is peacefully engaged in formative assessment using Canvas.
Mrs. Shanks (Guilford/SS) utilized small groups with Canvas to discuss Primary Sources
Mrs. Wise (GMS/ELA) used small groups to discuss aspects of a personal narrative by engaging in a free thinking tool to identify literary elements.
New App Alert - Stop, Breathe and Think
Guilford Techies test the app in preparation for sharing this tool with their homeroom classmates.
Need to Knows
- Student/Teacher PACE Survey - students and teachers must take the survey prior to leaving for Winter Break. This link is found in the App tray.
- The Scholastic Warehouse Sale is underway. Click here to save money on great books to add to your classroom library or to give as holiday gifts.
- NC State Basketball The link is now active for all five basketball games, and tickets can be purchased directly through www.gopack.com/promo using the promotional code "TEACHER" right away! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again for all your help and cooperation, as we truly value the job that all teachers and staff do for our STATE.