What is Happening at School?

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools September 2018

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Professionals Developing Their Craft

Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire teachers met together for Professional Development on Friday, Sept. 14. The morning was spent with Leslie Osborn from Prairie Lakes AEA. Leslie shared with teachers the use of a QFocus (Question Focus) and having students generate their own questions about the topic. A QFocus can be a statement, picture, video, or object that creates curiosity. Students then identify if their questions are closed (single word) or open (more explanation). Students then change their questions from open to closed or closed to open. This encourages deeper thinking. From these questions learning will begin.
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How are teachers using the QFocus in classrooms?

Developing Professionally with Mrs. Beisell and Mrs. Kirk

The afternoon of Friday, Sept. 14, was spent learning about the 5E Lesson Plan with Mrs. Beisell (RA MS/HS Science teacher). The 5E Lesson plan involves engagement, exploration, explanation, extension, and evaluation. This model is used with Next Generation Science Standards. Mrs. Kirk (RA MS/HS Reading and Language Arts Teacher) shared ideas to implement writing in the classroom. Writing takes the whole brain as it is hard to think about something else when writing. The GT/RA teachers enjoyed the afternoon learning from the models presented by our own teachers.
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Mr. Harder and Mrs. Malm are students in Mrs. Beisell's lesson during professional development.

Welcome to our new GT/RA Teachers!

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GT/RA Spanish - Ms. Magana

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GT/RA High School Science - Mrs. Jeffrey

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GT Transitional Kindergarten - Mr. Girres

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RA Middle School Math - Ms. Stensrud

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RA Middle School Reading and Language Arts - Mrs. Geehlen

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RA Physical Education and Health - Mr. McCabe

The Magic of a Preschool Teacher

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GT 8th Grade Industrial Tech

The 8th Grade exploratory students are making cutting boards. A few of the projects are in the bottom right corner of this photo.

Artwork with Mr. Clouse

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I Wonder - I Know in 2nd Grade Math

Mrs. Dreeszen presented students with a math problem about beetles and lizards. The students then identified things that they wondered and know. Students then were given manipulatives to visualize and solve the problem.
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