The Bruin Blast

Labor Omnia Vincit

Week of September 28-October 2

Habit #5: Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

Principal's Corner

It is not an easy task to seek first to understand then to be understood. This involves teaching students that before reacting they must listen intently. This reminds me of the book Switch in which the author talks about the elephant and the driver. "What looks like resistance is often lack of clarity...What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem." That is exactly why we must seek to understand first. We can't, our students can't know what the other person is thinking and feeling unless we take the time to try to understand. Use this week to meet with your students about how we must not react to each other but ask each other questions and listen to each other to resolve issues.

Blanton's Focus Corner

Big image

Week at a glance

Big image

Monday's Grade Level Meeting

Meeting Location: Grade Level Chair's classroom

Goals:


  1. Break down of daily
  2. Create the 2nd 6 weeks curriculum map
  3. Create the 3rd 6 weeks curriculum map (if time allows)


Items to bring:


  • Laptop
  • 2nd 6 Weeks ACE blueprint
  • 2nd 6 Weeks calendar with dates
  • Fall ACP Blueprints (for 3rd 6 weeks curriculum map)
  • Data from previous 6 weeks to include reteach and spiraled TEKS



Monday:

2nd Grade: 11:00 - 2:00

3rd Grade: 8:00 - 11:00

4th Grade: 8:00 - 11:00

5th Grade: 1:00 - 4:00


Tuesday:

K Grade: 8-11 AM

K will take specials at 8AM

3rd Grade will take specials at 2PM

1st Grade: 1-4 PM

Bruin Code:

  • Own results, student achievement depends on me
  • Grow myself and others by sharing and receiving feedback
  • Be clear, courageous, and direct
  • Prioritize accelerating student achievement as the main thing
  • Be generous
  • Consider the third way
  • Ask questions, and share thoughts/concerns/opinions about the topic during the meeting, not after in order to respect team decisions

Look what we saw this week!!!

TEACHER TOOLBOX

Reading/Writing Corner

K-2 Grade Teachers,

A friendly reminder that as our six weeks assessments are being administered, think about how you want to display the data in your classroom students can have a visual of their progress. They’ll be motivated to see their progress and set goals for the next six weeks.


Our students in K-2 have all taken the first assessment on I-Station for September. We will use the Reading Correlation Chart (found in the "Toolbox" section on I-Station) to determine their reading levels. Use the total score for each student and the correlation chart to determine their reading levels.


Please ensure that reading level tracker are displayed in your classrooms before the end of September so students can see where they started and see the changes based on the results of their October test. Students will be motivated to see their progress each month.


Here is an exemplar for tracking Reading Levels.

Big image

Math Corner

This week we will continue to focus on the 5 components of Quality Work Criteria!


Let's make sure that our students are familiar with it and comfortable enough to refer to it (2-5 teacher you have the posters in as anchor charts!).

Also to make it our rubric when it comes to showing work on word problems during the "Determine a Plan" from TEKS 1B.


Here's a break down of how we will ensure mastery of the Quality Work Criteria this week:


Monday: Manipulatives / Models

Introduce the poster (if you haven't already), show pictures of how each component should look like. Maybe post pictures of students work next to each componenet :)

Present the problem of the Day and show how to use Manipulatives or Models to solve it. . Stick to that one for one day, show exemplars and what it should not look like (maybe a T-chart)

Give the option to students to use another one to justify their answer (written/oral expression), and to evaluate their answer (another component) if they want to - not required.


Tuesday: Drawing, Pictures, and/or Diagrams

Present the problem of the Day and show how to use Drawing, Pictures, and/or Diagrams to solve it. Stick to that one for one day, show exemplars and what it should not look like (maybe a T-chart).

Give the option to students to use another one to justify their answer (written/oral expression), and to evaluate their answer using at least the one from Monday: Manipulatives / Models


Wednesday: Number Sentence / Equations

Present the problem of the Day and show how to use Number Sentence / Equations to solve it. Stick to that one for one day, show exemplars and what it should not look like (maybe a T-chart)

Give the option to students to use another one to justify their answer (written/oral expression), and to evaluate their answer with one of the two from Monday and Tuesday.


Thursday: Make a Connection to Real-World Situations

Present the problem of the Day and show how to use Make a Connection to Real-World Situations to solve it. . Stick to that one for one day, show exemplars and what it should not look like (maybe a T-chart)

Give the option to students to use another one to justify their answer (written/oral expression), and to evaluate their answer with one of the three from Monday-Wednesday.


Friday: Use 3/5!

Present the Problem of the Day, and solve it using one of the components of the QWC. Use Written/Oral Expression to justify the answer, and choose one of the other components to evaluate the answer.


Have students solve a few problems independently every day using the component of the QWC that we are mastering.

By the end of the week all of the components will be mastered. The expectations is that scholars use at least 3/5 components of the Quality Work Criteria when showing their work.


Below you can find the link from Schoolnet to download:

https://drive.google.com/a/dallasisd.org/folderview?id=0BxYRhTcPqJcPOHBWZmJ6MFI2Z2c&usp=sharing

Big image
Big image

We appreciate the GREATNESS in you!!


  • Congratulations to Ms. Quiles that passed her Bilingual Certification Test!
  • Kudos to our Mrs. Mondragon and Dr. Garcia for finding curriculum and supplement tools and for sharing them to help move students academically. Keep up such great support!
  • I would like to shout out an enormous "THANKS" to Ms. Iwasko. These last five weeks have been a test I was not prepared for, but her modeling the 3rd way has given me ideas and inspirations to make it all the way.
  • Congratulations!! If you read the entire blast you have earned a free jeans day for Monday, September 28th! Don't tell anyone it's your reward for reading the BLAST!!!



Got a birthday coming up? A milestone to celebrate? News to share? Recognize someone's help/work? Want to share a strategyClick on the link below to submit!

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2326130/Something-to-Share

Labor Omnia Vincit

We are Blanton PROUD!

HARD WORK CONQUERS ALL!!