Points of Pride

September 15, 2017

Instructional Focus:

While I was taking Rep. Grantham around this week, it really hit me how fortunate I am to be at Settler's! It was a very surreal experience and everyone pitched in to help. From Maria waking up at dawn to pick up the bagels, Chris and Jarred prepping our Student Council officers for the tour (this was my favorite part-you should have seen our ladies, so cute and proud, what an experience for them), or Rachel and Darlene prepping for the visit. Thank you to everyone for making it an enjoyable experience!

I also cannot thank all of you enough for your hard work! I know how hard a change in leadership can be. While I was fortunate to only have Lana while I was teaching, during my administrative career, I had a new principal each year. I cannot thank each of you enough for your patience and understanding, it's a blessing to be here!

Anyways...... During my data meetings this week I noticed there were several conversations regarding students that lack perseverance. There is a new "buzzword" in education and here are some strategies that help students foster-grit:

1) Model grit: When doing a "think aloud" with a complex task make sure you talk not only about how to complete the task, but also mistakes made and the thought process of perseverance.

2) Don't grade every formative assessment: Learning is a process, not just a final product. Sometimes it gets messy along the way.

3) Have students create authentic products: Ensuring that work is relevant to real-life will increase engagement, and students should be less apt to give up when it's hard because they see the value.

4) Ongoing revision and reflection: If we truly want students to value grit, they need to see learning as a journey and we need to provide time for them to reflect about the challenges they have faced, as well as, the mistakes and revisions.

5) Celebrate success: If you want students to value grit, you need to celebrate it in your classroom.

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Updated Discrimination Information-Action Needed From ALL Staff

Please read the revised discrimination policy documents. Once you feel comfortable with the policy on how to report disability discrimination complaints, please come up to the office and sign off on the appropriate sheet at Maria's desk. Note: By coming up and signing off you are stating that you have read the information and do not have any questions. If you do have questions regarding the document, let Maria know and I will get in contact with you to answer any questions. All signatures must be collected by 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 20th.

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