Friday, November 1, 2013
Hearts: Social Emotional Learning
Every Kid Needs a Champion
We will re-visit this idea on 11/20 at our SEL focused p.d. meeting.
Spanish Speaking Mother's Group, 11/6 at 9am
There are flyers in the office for the Spanish-speaking mothers' group that Kathleen and I will lead on 11/6. Please let us know if you have parents in your class that you would like us to call or outreach to.
Minds: Teaching & Learning
Heads Up- Summer Training
11/7/2013 4:00 PM
Race Matters: Checking and Changing My System for Equity
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Race Matters: Putting Race on the Table Speaker Series, a free speaker series for teachers, principals, students, parents, Board members, and the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about race and equity in service of improving teaching and learning
Checking and Changing My Systems for Equity is a tool designed for assessing, advocating for and advancing equity in the everyday practice of educators. In this session, we will practice working with the tool and will examine some school-based situations in which this tool has been effectively used.
Instructional Rounds Report Out
Tom, Linda and I (as well as the instructional rounds team) saw a lot of evidence of teachers and students developing academic discussion skills. We will be discussing more of this at our PD on Weds. with Andy and developing our next steps to take our practice to the next level. Thank you to everyone for being gracious with so many visitors in your rooms. It can be stressful to have so many people watch you teach, but everyone appeared so calm and relaxed!
Fourth Grade Science Books
Sean completed the inventory this week and will bring 36 books next week to complete Swinderman & Wong's class sets. Please let me know if anyone else needs more textbooks.
Writing Units Reminders
In order to create future PD that is built off of our strengths and challenges, please email me the 3 dates you will be trying the 3 mini lessons in the next five weeks by next Weds, 10/14. Linda or I will try to pop in to at least one of these sessions in order to get a sense of how we are doing.
Read: The Mini Lesson (pages 60-69) in a Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
Teach: At least 3 writer's workshop session to your class using the new writing program including: the Mini Lesson, the Independent Writing, and the Conferring
Bring: 3 samples (only 3).
Reflect: Lessons Learned- What builds off of our previous work? What is new? How can this help strengthen our K-5 writing program? How does this program help with your classroom writing program?
New Copy Machine- Not so fast....
11/5 am Chelsea off site at Instructional Rounds at Crocker Highlands
11/9 PTA Hosted Garden Clean up day
11/6 Staff Meeting (math)
11/13 Staff Meeting (ELA)
11/13 PTA Meeting (Equity Focus)
11/18 Staff Meeting (Nuts & Bolts Operations)
11/20 School Council Meeting