Nelson's Notes

September 25, 2015

What is Differentiated Instruction?

Differentiation is a way of teaching; it’s not a program or package of worksheets. It asks teachers to know their students well so they can provide each one with experiences and tasks that will improve learning. As Carol Ann Tomlinson has said, differentiation means giving students multiple options for taking in information (1999). Differentiating instruction means that you observe and understand the differences and similarities among students and use this information to plan instruction.

Click on the article link below to learn more about differentiation! If you have any thoughts to share post to my DIFFERENTIATION strand.

ST Math (JiJi) Training

ST Math (JiJi) Trainers will be on campus, Tuesday, Sept. 29 to provide a quick refresher and assist teachers with accessing valuable instructional reports.

Before Sept. 29, each teacher must complete the Self-Guided courses located on the Teacher Resource Site. Post to Yammer once this has been completed.

1/2 Day Planning

Bonnie Martinez, Title I Technology Specialist, will be on campus to assist teams with creating/planning lessons, enriching and/or accelerating curriculum for GT students (problem-based learning activities), incorporating instructional technology and developing formative assessments. Use Mrs. Martinez as a resource!

Reading with Rodney

Take a look at this presentation for information about a new district initiative to help develop a love of reading all over the city!

Grades 4-5 Social Studies Weekly PD

For teachers unable to attend face-to-face sessions, web-based training opportunities are

available from the publishing companies.

GISD Required & Recommended Videos

All GISD Required and Recommended Videos are ready to be accessed by all employees through the embedded link below – Deadline 11/30.

Most Valuable Knight

Be sure to give a great big shout out to Cody Knagg, ALE Paraprofessional, and this week’s MVK! Let’s read what you all had to say about Mr. Calm Cody...

I see Mr. Knagg several times a day and it never matters what is going on with him or around him--he's always cool and calm. He's great with his students and always has a kind word to say.Cody is always patient and kind with his students. I enjoy seeing him with the students. He always has a smile for everyone. Cody is amazing, patient, and has a heart of gold. I love watching his kindness as he interacts with the students. I love his positive attitude and how patient he is with his students. He is so caring and kind with them! When I was having a difficult time in the hallway, he gave me a supportive smile when I really needed one!


(Info also located on Staff Outlook Calendar)


Explorer Registration Ends

2nd Grade PLC, 8:15-9:05 am

RR Quiz Deadline


ST Math (JiJi) on Campus

Terrific Tuesday Phone Calls

Kinder PLC, 8:15-9:05 am

5th Grade Camp Mtg, 6:30 pm


1st Grading Cycle Ends

½ Day Planning, 2nd & 4th

Fall Picture Day

Schoolnet Int. Module Training 3:30 pm


Gradebook Deadline – Cycle 1

½ Day Planning, 3rd & K

PTA Membership Skating Party, 6-8 p.m.


½ Day Planning, 1st & 5th




Terrific Tuesday Phone Calls

Report Cards, MAP Student Assessment Reports & Newsletters Go Home


Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

Magic Kingdom Books Distributed


No School for Students

Morning Parent-Teacher Conferences

Camp Committee Mtg @ 11:30 a.m.


Fair Day - No School


College T-Shirt Day


No Power Hour (iTeam)

Terrific Tuesday Phone Calls

myON Challenge Begins


PTA Mtg & 4th Grade Program, 6:30 p.m.


Gilmour Gallop

Donuts for Dudes

New iTeam Training


A special thanks to Shirl, Debbie, Samantha, Krystal and Ann for attending the State of the Campus Address last night!

I would also like to thank Andrea and Tammy for co-presenting.

PD Flyers & Memos

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