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Commit to Excellence - Do you believe in your students?
Brains can and do change. They are designed to change. This is based on research. IQ is not fixed; it is variable. All of the planning and work you put in to instruction really matters. Brains are growing and expanding because of your efforts. Conscious Discipline/CKH and all that entails is based on brain research as well. Positive interactions, teaching kids the behaviors they need but do not bring to school, and implementing logical consequences that teach kids are proven to work. Let’s continue to stick to what we know works. After reviewing research, I want to affirm you all for doing what works for kids. We are on the right track!
Here is some more interesting research, which supports that you are important. In an experiment done in the early 90’s students were given an IQ test at the beginning of the year. Twenty percent of the students were selected randomly. Teachers were told that these students had an “unusual potential for growth” and could be expected to “bloom”. Remember, these students were randomly selected. When students were retested at the end of the year, the students who were labeled “intelligent” made significant gains over the rest of the students. The change in the teacher’s expectations led to the change in the selected students performance. Wow!! Let’s believe in ALL children, maintain those high expectations and praise them not just for what they accomplish but also for their efforts.
Thank you to Mrs. MacDonald for a "Nacho Ordinary Friday"! That was a nice treat!
Thank you to team leaders for attending our first huddle. I appreciate these weekly check ins!
Thank you to Mrs. Marak for organizing and testing all of our English students for GT. Thank you to Mrs. Felix for taking time away from her students to GT test our native Spanish speakers.
Thank you to Mrs. Marak for a great awards ceremony and to teachers for getting their part completed so that this goes well and is a great experience for kids and families.
Think about it....
If the grade level or teacher(s) below you choose(s) not to teach aligned lessons, how does that impact the teaching and learning for the next school year?
The following links will direct you to important intervention resources provided by the Meadow Center's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. Math coaches are aware of these and can help with this resource. Please use these interventions with students who are struggling.
TEMI Intervention Lessons http://3tiermathmodel.org/
ESTAR Intervention Lessons http://projectsharetexas.org/resource/estar-ii-intervention-modules
- The book fair and parent night have been changed to the week of the 16-19th. Please adjust accordingly. Parent night/performance and art show will be on the 16th.
- Teachers with bus duty need to walk all grade level students together to the cafeteria in an orderly fashion. Please stay with students until they have been loaded on the buses.
- The next Platicas meeting for elementary bilingual and ESL teachers is February 1st.
Mark Your Calendar!
18 MLK Holiday
19 Perfect Attendance Fall Semester Reward-located in cafeteria
20 Faculty Meeting-Vertical Team Meeting until 5:30pm
22 National Reading Day-Curl up and read! From 2:30-3:20 EVERYONE WILL STOP AND READ. TEACHERS SHOULD MODEL THIS AS WELL!! Bring a great book to read!
27 Faculty Meeting
30 Erin's Lanyards (KKids)
2 Faculty Meeting
9 Techy Time
4th Writing/5th Math Benchmarks
LPAC Decision Making (3-5 ELL teachers)
10 5th Reading Benchmark
11 Techy Time
12 Valentine's Parties (All parties will be at 2:30pm except 1st grade will be at 1:45pm)
15 TE Day
16-19 Book Fair
16 Spring Pictures (Classroom pictures will start at 9:30 after the Parent Prep)
Parent Prep Academy/2nd Grade Program/2nd Grade Art Show
17 Faculty Meeting