The Ben Franklin Friday Focus

March 13, 2015

Happy Friday!

Dear Staff,

I hope that everyone enjoyed today's professional development presentation by Dave Burgess. What a great speaker!

I certainly walked away from today motivated and energized - there were so many great messages that Dave had, but I want to really echo two of the concepts that were discussed - one statement and one question:

* Every lesson is full of choices - we choose how we talk, how the room is set up, what the room looks like and sounds like and so much more. Creativity and engaging teaching aren't an all or nothing scenarios; they are the result of asking ourselves lots of questions and analyzing our responses. We don't have to be just like Dave Burgess, we just have to ask ourselves what we can adjust to create even more excitement from our students!

* Would students come to your class or to our school if they didn't have to? I certainly hope so, but it is such a motivating question to ponder. Making school a can't miss experience is such a positive and worthwhile goal.

At the end of the day, today's PD confirmed how important our jobs are and what a tremendous impact we can have. Enjoy next week and take some shots at trying some new 'hooks!'

Let's set sail!



Quote of the Week:

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Week of 3/16: Group 3 AM Car Line (Reif, Offery, Urizar)


Monday 3/16 – Faculty meeting

Monday 3/16 - Conference schedule choices will go out to teachers.

Wednesday 3/18 – Teacher Appreciation (Gr. 2)

(No Thurs. or Fri. grade level collaboration mtgs. due to PARCC)

Friday 3/20 - FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!

Friday 3/20 – Spirit Day: College Day

Week of 3/23: Group 4 AM Car Line (Rigby, Rosser and Simon)

Monday, 3/23 – First Grade school concert, 10:00 am

Data meetings

Tuesday, 3/24 – First Grade parent concert, 9:30 am

Wednesday, 3/25 – Faculty Council meeting

Thursday, 3/26 – Science Night


Friday, 3/27 – School Spirit assembly

Spirit Day – Blue and White

Conference schedule choices are due to Cindy Brecko

Looking ahead to Week of 3/30...

Timed Writing #3

Tuesday, 3/31 – Class photos with Photo Haven

Thursday, 4/2 – SGOs due

Friday, 4/3 – Spring recess begins

Tweet of the Week (to share ideas and also good people to follow)

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