Volume 3/Issue 25 March 21, 2016
Happy Monday, Everyone!
The Greenville St. Patty’s Day Parade was near my house this weekend, and for such a lame parade, it sure brings out the people. I think the only thing you need to get in the parade is a truck and some beads. We usually spend most of the day locked in our house waiting for everyone to go home! Anyway, the weather was beautiful and I’m looking forward to our 3 – day weekend. Thanks to Marci and Mercedes for putting together the STAAR academy for parents this past Saturday. I heard one of the parents asked why the test and math instruction has gotten so much harder since I came to Jackson. They asked what I had done to make everything more difficult! I got a chuckle out of that. Thank goodness Mercedes explained that it was TEA and not me who decided to challenge our kids more rigorously. Of course, as we continue on the road to academic improvement, I always want us to remember the following: “If we want meaningful change, we have to make a connection to the heart before we can make a connection to the mind.”. ( #InnovatorsMindset) Your job, sometimes, is simply to be the spark, help build confidence, and then get out of the way. Have a great week!
Under-resourced Learners .....Strategy 5
Teach Appropriate Behaviors and Procedures
Well, we have talked about this strategy during the Eric Jensen series. We must teach the behaviors that we expect. In this book, Ruby Payne gives a lot of the same suggestions that Eric Jensen does in Teaching with Poverty in Mind. I'm only going to list a few of her suggestions....
- Have a campus-wide plan that identifies appropriate behaviors and responses.
- Direct-teach those behaviors and responses.
- Build relationship of mutual respect with students.
- On large campuses, work with classrooms rather than large assemblies to teach and address student needs.
- Identify the 10% of students creating the majority of discipline issues and determine the best interventions for those students. Are there relationship issues? Are there issues of not knowing appropriate responses? Are there biochemical issues?
Physical safety usually has an overlay of emotional safety. If a student hasn't had the opportunity to have nurturing, safe relationships outside of school, then it will be difficulty for that student to have them in school, unless specific understandings, instructions, and disciplines are present.(Payne, 2008)
- 3/21 Beginning of new grading period
- 3/22 Third Grade Spring Show @ 8:15am & 6:30pm
- 3/22 AVID meeting
- 3/23 Pre-K registration
- 3/23 Staff Meeting - STEM
- 3/24 Report Card Day
- 3/24 Jackson Jam
- 3/24 Coffee Talk hosted by 5th grade
- 3/25 Good Friday (No School)
- 3/28 Last Monday Tutoring
- 3/29 First Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Zoo
- 3/29 STAAR Testing (4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math)
- 3/30 STAAR Testing (5th Grade Reading)
- 3/30 Second Grade Field Trip to the Arboretum
- 4/1 Spirit Assembly for the 3rd Nine Weeks (K-2 @ 8:40am, 3-5 @ 12:40pm)
Reminders to include in your grade level newsletters
- Tardy bell is at 7:45 am
- If they are planning to change the way their student is going home it needs to be done by 2pm