CPS Teachers Make A Difference

Week Ending April 8, 2016

Get ready for Color War!!!

Color War 2016




8:30 – 10:00 Rachel – Theater competitions – All school

8:30 – 10:00

MS Art - - Tyler

HS Sing Down – Rachel

10:00 – 11:30 HS math logic (9th - 12th)

MS math

10:00 – 11:30

HS Art - Tyler

Rachel and Joyce MS – Sing Down and math

11:30 – 12:10 Lunch

11:30 – 12:10 Lunch

12:10 – 1:10

Tracey Rockett – MS English competition

Nora - HS – Social Studies debate competition

12:10 – 1:10

MS and HS – Tracey and Sandi - Ludi

1:15 – 2:15

Nora MS – Odyssey of the Mind competition

Traci and Jumana - HS - Science

1:10 – 2:00

MS and HS final competition – Apache Relay

2:15 Break out color war

Scavenger Hunt

Groups are broken into 2 teams

Students are to determine their team name and create a cheer

2:20 – 3:20

Nora – Cooking competition

Erika – Sports Competition

2:00 – 2:20

Winner announced and refreshments

Recommendation letters. Please start writing recommendation letters for our 10th - 12th graders.

Teacher Meetings With Wendy

Mondays - 10:30 - Jumana Lakdawala
Tuesdays - 10:30 - Tracey Rockett
Tuesdays - 11:30 - Rachel Klein
Wednesdays - 11:30 Nora Teitzman
Thursdays - 11:30 - Joyce Hawkins
Fridays - 9:30 - Tyler Smith

Professional Development - Tableau

Using Tableau for Comprehension

Strategic Activity: Tableau: Still bodies arranged and shaped to create a still image or frozen moment that communicates an event, an idea or a feeling.

Arts Integration example: Tableau is excellent for developing both communication and inference skills. It is a strategy applicable to many academic concepts relevant across grade levels and core content areas. One application is for students to use tableau as an assessment to present their knowledge of cause and effect. Students create two separate tableaus that when performed in sequence, demonstrate either the cause of the effect or the effect of the cause. After each performance the teacher facilitates the “audience” (or rest of the class) in a discussion:

  • What was happening in the first tableau?
  • How do you know?
  • What was happening in the second tableau?
  • What about their tableau made you think that …. was happening?
  • Do you need more information to figure out the story?
  • What is the sequence?

Strategic Activity: Tapping in: The teacher taps the shoulder of a student in tableau to prompt them to share their character’s perspective of the scene that they are depicting.

Arts Integration example: When students create a tableau based on a specific scene from literature they are putting themselves in the shoes of the characters they are studying. By “tapping in” to a character’s inner feelings the students are developing empathy for the character whose role they have taken on. Voicing the character’s perspective in a brief and spontaneous monologue allows the teacher to assess the student’s comprehension of the character and plot. While hearing everyone voice their feeling of the scene provides an opportunity for students to understand the multiple perspectives of the given scene in the plot. After each performance the teacher facilitates the “audience” (or rest of the class) in a discussion. Possible questions to ask include:

  • From what point of view was the first character speaking?
  • Who is the antagonist and what information did they share in their monologue that led you to think this?
  • Why did the second character perceive the scene this way?
  • Why are there multiple perspectives of this scene?

This strategy can also be extremely powerful when applied to conflict resolution scenarios from a social studies unit. The strategy of tapping in can even be applied to tableaus of inanimate objects in the science or math class (i.e.- when tapping the shoulder of a student in the tableau of a parallelogram the students shares a math fact rather than a feeling or perspective).