Curriculum Connections

News from Ms. Welch, CST

Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

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Favorite Pics this Week



I missed you this week but I was fortunate to be able to attend GaETC! Here are all the presenters' info from GaETC. You're welcome!!

Updated...PAWS PD for November

Updated Catalog

See the November catalog here:

New ANYTIME sessions were added. These sessions you can do anytime, anywhere. See Heather Welch for proof of implementation in your classroom in order to get rewards card credit.

Management Tips

Voice Levels

Like so much of classroom management, the key to managing voice levels is to define for your students what you expect of them—and then hold them to it. Your students need to know during the school day whether it’s an allowable time to talk, who they’re free to talk with, and what volume level is appropriate. The idea is to standardize a few simple volume levels for your classroom, teach them to your students, and then clarify for each activity which level is appropriate. For example, before releasing your students to work on a project, you might say simply, “We are working at a level two.” It’s important—and only fair—to thoroughly teach, model, and role-play each level before putting the strategy into practice. Show your students in a detailed way how to interact and behave within each level and then let them try it out. I created the below posters for use in my classroom. Feel free to use.

Work File

Here's an easy way to organize all those papers that your students complete. Grab a file folder crate/bin and label a hanging file for each student. Teaching students to file and organize their own papers makes your life easier! Pull out papers and grade them or just file graded papers to staple together for Thursday papers. I like to use washi tape to write each of my student’s names on a hanging folder. It looks cute and I can reuse my hanging folders. The bonus part about this system is, if a student forgets to write their name on a paper, it’s in their file...hopefully!

The Week of Code is Coming

Mark Your Calendar: December 5-11 Week of Code

Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2015. Our school will recognize this week by participating in the Hour of Code.

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a first step in showing all students what computer science is all about. The Hour of Code is a self-guided activity that anybody can do. A variety of tutorials will be available to teach the basics of computer science. The Hour of Code is sponsored by and aims to raise awareness and generate interest in the field of computer science.

Watch this kid celebrate failures....then success!

Book Recommendations

Teach Like a Champion 2.0

The first edition of Teach Like a Champion influenced thousands of educators because author Doug Lemov's teaching strategies are simple and powerful. Now, updated techniques and tools make it even easier to put students on the path to college readiness.

Teach Like a Champion Field Guide

With this book teachers will be able to find and strengthen their signature skills. It’s true that no champion teacher is without weaknesses, even those who take our collective breath away. What champions have in common is a portfolio of five or six skills at which they excel. Of course the skills aren’t the same ones for every teacher—the combinations are as unique as the applications. But it’s these skills that drive much of their success. The lesson from this is: strengthen your strengths as much as your weaker areas, make your strengths exceptional, even while you broaden the range of areas where you have mastery.

Purposeful Play

Play is serious business.

Whether it's reenacting a favorite book (comprehension and close reading), negotiating the rules for a game (speaking and listening), or collaborating over building blocks (college and career readiness and STEM), Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler see every day how play helps students reach standards and goals in ways that in-their-seat instruction alone can't do. And not just during playtimes. "We believe there is play in work and work in play," they write. "It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of the curriculum." In Purposeful Play, they share ways to:

  • optimize and balance different types of play to deepen regular classroom learning
  • teach into play to foster social-emotional skills and a growth mindset
  • bring the impact of play into all your lessons across the day.
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