December 14-18, 2015
WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK
SECRET SANTA ALL WEEK - REVEAL FRIDAY @1:45 IN LOUNGE
Monday, Dec 14
7th Girls Basketball vs. N Richland @ WMS
7th Boys Basketball vs. N Richland @ NRMS
Choir Winter Concerts 6th Grade @6:00 pm-7th/8th Grade @ 7:00 pm
Vision Screen sponsored by Haltom City Lions Club 4:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec 15
Band Winter Concert 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec 16
10 days till Christmas!
Thursday, Dec 17
Student 1/2 day dismissal at 1:25
8th Girls Basketball vs. N Richland @ N. Richland
8th Boys Basketball vs. N Richland @ WMS
Friday, Dec 18
Student 1/2 day dismissal at 1:25
Choir Caroling Tour 12:00-7:00 pm
8th Boys Basketball vs. N. Richland @ WMS
To teach is the center of to learn.
Never say that someone is "just a teacher". That's like saying Clark Kent is "just Superman".
A master can tell you what he expects of you.
A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
How to Help Effective Teachers Stay in Love with the Classroom
In this Education Week article, Scott Sterling says that after five years teaching middle school in a high-poverty district in Florida, he felt burned out and left the classroom. He misses the relationships with students and the feeling of making a difference in their lives, and offers five suggestions for what school leaders can do if they want to keep their best teachers from suffering a similar fate:
• Orchestrate staff bonding and collaboration. Teacher collegiality shouldn’t be based on random friendships and cliques, says Sterling. Grade-level, subject-area, and cross-curricular meetings need to be built into the schedule, and agendas should focus on planning units and lessons and examining student learning results, not administrative matters (which should be handled in e-mails and memos).
• Provide high-quality professional development. “Rah-rah speeches and deep dives into neurological research might be entertaining or even engaging,” says Sterling, “but they rarely translate into a difference in the classroom.” Better to ask teachers what will be helpful and organize truly relevant PD, some of it led by colleagues.
• Give staff members a voice in schoolwide affairs. “Set aside some time, either during a faculty meeting or at a separate gathering, to have a constructive conversation about how the school is working for everyone,” he suggests. To prevent the conversation from being hijacked by a minority of negative staff members, conduct a survey beforehand that gives the whole faculty a chance to choose from a range of possible issues.
• Challenge teachers within their success zone. “Successful teachers can sometimes get bored with being successful,” says Sterling. “Stagnation leads to burnout. Burnout leads to teachers leaving.” But it’s not always a good idea to assign these teachers to very challenging students or give them a radically different schedule, he says. Better to encourage pre-burnout teachers to try a new curriculum or a classroom practice at the edge of their comfort zone.
• Find opportunities for district-wide impact. Some successful teachers want to move on to district-level or school-leadership positions, but many want to stay in the classroom. Smart district leaders find ways for these teachers to have broader impact and get the recognition they deserve – perhaps leading district webinars, temporary coaching assignments, or short-term interventions helping teachers at another school. “Coaching from district personnel is one thing,” says Sterling. “Coaching from a mentor-teacher who is still in the classroom every day is quite another.”
“Extinguishing a Burnout: Actionable Ideas to Keep Teachers Engaged in Their Careers” by Scott Sterling in Education Week, December 2, 2015 (Vol. 35, #13, p. 28), www.edweek.org
This new feature from National Geographic allows educators and students to customize one-page maps for downloading, e-mailing, printing, or sharing.
Tweeter of the WEEK!
You can join each Tuesday at 8:00pm. Questions can be found in the Digital Learning News sent by Mark Thomas each week.
Questions? See Tosh or Christine. (@birdville_DL)
*** December will be a fun, unique month of Twitter Challenges. Enjoy!***
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WMS AVID tours SMU and the Perot Museum
AVID tours SMU
Mrs. Willoughby herds the cats, I mean kids...
Mr. Kidd and the kids
Mr. Kidd assisted Mrs. Willoughby with the AVID Field Trip. He made it back safe and sound. So did Anchondo!
Mr. Wisch takes a break
According to the students, "Mr. Wisch chose to rest in front of the water fountain, so we all gathered 'round for a picture. It made it less awkward to see him laying there."
Mr. Kidd and the kids
WORD within a WORD
bio (life) biography, biology, biomorphic, biochemistry
auto (self) autobiography, automobile, autograph, automatic
port (carry) transport, import, report, deport, important, portage
scrib (write) scribble, inscribe, scribe, describe, conscription
logy (science) biology, anthropology, geology, mythology
dict (say) dictionary, predict, malediction, dictation, addict
cred (believe) credit, incredible, credible, incredulous
cent (one hundred) century, bicentennial, centimeter, centipede
neo (new) neologism, neophyte, neon, neonatal
ad (to) adhesive, adapt, addendum, addition, adherent, addict
Big thank you to all who made the AVID SMU trip fabulous! Shannon, Ginger, Thalia, Cathy, Rhiannon, Travis Kidd, Matt, and all the 8th grade teachers. The kids had a great time, and most importantly, we left with 47 and returned with 47. Success! ~Margaret~
Looking Forward To 2016!
Wed, Jan 6 - LOL Mtg. 7:30 am
Wed, Jan 6 - Faculty Mtg./Grade Level Mtg. 4:00 pm
Fri, Jan 8 - Select Art Field Trip 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Wed, Jan 13 - AVID Site Team Mtg.
Thurs, Jan 14 - Scoliosis Screening in PE Classes
Thurs, Jan 14 - All Day ARDS
Fri, Jan 15 - Activity Night 4:00pm - 6:00 pm
Mon, Jan 18 - FLEX Day