Eatonville School District

Teaching & Learning

This is the place to find updates for Teaching and Learning and information about current PL offerings.

Dear Staff,

We have made it to November and the start of the holiday season. We have connected with families regarding their student and their learning. Now we can continue that partnership and give both families and students a sense of connection and belonging.

Family traditions and celebrations will help students with some predictability and security. Our school traditions like our successful Homecoming and our successful Football and other sports teams can also provide a familiar sense of community.

Enjoy your weekend!




Classroom management is not

about having the right rules...'s about having the right relationships.

We Do Not Learn from


We Learn From

Reflection on


~John Dewey

A PLC isn't just a time to gather.

WE need to set a firm goal for PLCs

to accelerate learning and ensure that all students

have equitable access to gre-level instruction,

opportunities to learn at high levels

and have equitable feelings of belonging and hope!

Novak Education

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

Travis Rush Technology Education Lead

October 29, 2021

The leaves are orange, yellow and wet! It must be October! Thank you to all that attended or are watching the online version of the Absence / Distance Learning training video. Next week the Blended Learning Teacher Team will be delivering “Differentiation with Google Classroom.” They will be covering organizational tricks, tools and more. This is a training being delivered by your fellow colleagues for you all. I am so excited to see what they come up with. Below are the times and dates.

I have also included in this letter some Google Training videos that have been offered from Google themselves for free.

One final note: Next week I will begin hosting a Technology Education support hour. This will be a set time each week you can meet with me in a digital space and discuss instructional needs and get some ideas from each other. I will have a tool, trick or updates each week as well as be able to answer indicated questions. I will record these as well. Think of it like a video podcast.

In the meantime have a great few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and then I hope you all get a chance to relax and enjoy.


BLTT Elementary Google Classroom Differentiation

Thursday, November 4 · 3:30 – 4:30pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-269-1800‬ PIN: ‪935 331 391‬#

More phone numbers:

BLTT Secondary Google Classroom Differentiation

Tuesday, November 9 · 3:00 – 4:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 269-948-7033‬ PIN: ‪485 017 110‬#

More phone numbers:

Last Weeks Absent and Distance Learning PD Video

Free Google Trainings

UDL/ Inclusionary Practice Corner

Embrace UDL/IP and scaffolds. Provide protocols, wordbanks sentence stems, self-assessment rubrics,time for reflection before and after the discussion, and be open to feedback. Ask, "how could we do better or be more inclusive next time?"

Asking for student feedback is a great way to get buy-in! Students feel more excited about participating something they helped design.

Novak Education

Change is Painful

Let's unpack that. Change is painful. It requires us to let go of beliefs we once had and start over. To make things even more complex, the process of change may attack our identity and make us question everything we thought we knew about ourselves as educators.

Some Ideas from CCA for UDL

Pick one subject to concentrate on. Probably the one you are most comfortable with. Math might be easiest at the youngest grades. You can always change your subject later.

We will take one step per month, and try to incorporate it whenever we can during that month. This is a flexible schedule. You may move at your own pace. The idea is to ease these into our practices. You will not be evaluated on this. You won’t even be pushed to do it. I will support you in any needs you have in your classroom, hopefully some of them involve the implementation of UDL.

****Don’t be shy about asking me to brainstorm how to do this for specific lessons!!!***

  1. State lesson objectives in words kids can understand. Be very clear about what you are trying to accomplish, and how you will get there.

-I can help pare down the lesson objectives for any lesson.

-A lesson might hit 4 or 5 objectives, but concentrate on only one or two.

  1. Encourage students to think of reasons why the lesson is important to their lives.

-Ask them how they will benefit from being able to achieve the objectives.

-How can they use it in their lives, particularly right now.

  1. Guide kids in rating their learning.

-Ask them if they achieved the lesson objectives. What went well, what didn’t go well.

  1. After the lesson, ask them what other resources would have helped you learn better.

-Keep track of anything they suggest that you think would work.

-The discussion should guide students to start qualifying the ability to resources to be useful to them. It will help them choose the most efficient pathways to their learning.

  1. Before lessons, ask what other resources students could use to better achieve their goals.

-Keep track of anything they suggest that you think would work.

-The discussion should guide students to start qualifying the ability to resources to be useful to them. It will help them choose the most efficient pathways to their learning.

Rest of the year: Start here then try to expand to additional lessons

  1. Try to add an additional, optional resources to your lesson that will help students access the learning.

-Prior to the lessons, continue to discuss the objectives of the lessons and how achieving them will benefit them

-Encourage students to choose the resources that will be most effective

ex: Access to watch a video in place of, or in addition to your normal lesson, or play an educational game. It could be offering manipulatives.

-Try something new, that won’t take you much time.

- Keep it simple.

-You don’t have to do this for every single lesson, just when you have time for it. -Keep track of what has worked for you, as it will be easy to use that again. Eventually, you will compile a bag of tricks that are quick to turn to……...emphasis on EVENTUALLY. Right now, just try things when you can, and be okay with some ideas not panning out as successful tools in helping students to meet the lesson objectives

-After lessons, continue to ask them if they achieved the objectives

-Continue to ask which sources students could use to better achieve their goals.

~Katie Novak