Roberts Middle School
Aviator Agenda: November 16-20
How to find your full court press?
There are advantages to be gained from disadvantages. It is up to us as individuals to utilize data to reframe the situation. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath, is packed with several big ideas. One of the big ideas I want to unpack is the story of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who used data to his strength. Vivek Ranadive grew up in India and moved to the United States during his college years. Later in life, Vivek Ranadive decided to coach his 12-year-old daughter’s basketball team. The only problem was he had never played basketball. His daughter’s team was filled with nerdy kids who could not shoot or dribble. After researching data, Vivek decided that he would run a full court press all the time. He committed his whole team to one side of the court to establish a full court press. He used the rules of basketball to his advantage. This use of data was a game changer for his team. The team’s opponents struggled to get the ball in within the five second inbound rule and could not advance the full length of the court within the 8 second rule. He found a way to utilize his team’s available skill set to his strength. He committed to working harder than anyone else. His team went on to the national championship. Vivek is now the owner of the Sacramento Kings (NBA Franchise).
Many of our learners struggle in math, reading, and science. 48% of our Roberts students at one point in their education have failed the STAAR test. We have to think outside the box to reach our learners. These disadvantages can only be overcome by using good teaching strategies. We have to commit to small group instruction to reach all learners. We have to ensure that we are allowing our students adequate think time. We have to use sentence stems consistently to help with the flow of thought. We have to commit to releasing the task of learning to our students.
Thanksgiving Break is almost here! This Wednesday put on your best western gear and bring your appetite. One thing we focus on is family here at Roberts. We are so grateful for all of you. I could not have asked for a better group of staff to help lead our students to the next level. This Thanksgiving break, let us focus on recovery.
HOW TO WIN AT ANYTHING - VIVEK RANADIVE
Focused Walkthrough: Checking for Understanding
Checking for understanding often and effectively gives teachers the opportunity to improve learning based on student responses throughout the learning process and adjust instruction based on students’ errors and misconceptions.
Checking for understanding will be our instructional focus for the next three weeks and Instructional Rounds on 12/7. The essential questions below will guide our walkthroughs.
- With what frequency are teachers checking for understanding during instruction?
- Are teachers using a variety of methods to check for understanding during instruction?
- How useful are the methods teachers are using to check for understanding during instruction?
COLLEGE WEEK: November 16-20
- Admin Staffing
Tuesday: The future is BRIGHT! Wear NEON!
- 10:15-11:13 6th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 12:53-1:51 5th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 1:55-2:53 5th Grade Math PLC
- 2:57-3:55 6th Grade Math PLC
Wednesday: Wear boots and Western! Breakdown barriers that could stop you from attending college.
- Texas Thanksgiving Lunch
- 10:15-11:13 5th Grade Science PLC
- 12:53-1:51 6th Grade Science PLC
- 1:55-2:53 6th Grade Reading PLC
- 2:57-3:55 5th Grade Reading PLC
Thursday: Dress to impress and wear business attire!
Friday: What do you want to be when you grow up? Choose an occupation and dress as if it were your job.
- Student Incentive Day
- Alternative Bell Schedule