Zitzman 411

Game On: Week of December 17th

What's Happening This Week:

*No Odyssey this week*

Monday: TGC Rehersal @ 7:45am. Professional Learning Action Team Mtg @ 3:45pm.

Tuesday: PLC's all day. Morning Mingle with ZE Staff @ 8:45am in rm 26. Good News Club @ 3:40pm. 2nd & 5th Grade Holiday Concert @ Riverbend @ 6:00pm.

Wednesday: Leadership Environment Action Tm Mtg. @ 8:50am. School Wide Winter Celebration 9:15am. Leadership Events Action Tm Mtg. @ 3:40pm. MVR3 Board Mtg @ 6:00pm.

Thursday: Early Dismissal @ 1:10pm. LIM Rally @ 9:00am. TGC Caroling @ 9:00am.


Professional Development

January 2nd PD Focus:

  • Dyselxia
  • Grade Level Meetings

Make sure you bring your Chrome Book charged for the meetings. Show your Indian pride and wear your purple and white to the meetings.

Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

  1. Start Class with a Mind Warm-Up
  2. Use Movement to Get Kids Focused
  3. Teach Students How to Collaborate Before Expecting Success

  4. Use Quickwrites When You Want Quiet Time and Student Reflection

  5. Run a Tight Ship When Giving Instructions

  6. Use a Fairness Cup to Keep Students Thinking

  7. Use Signaling to Allow Everyone to Answer Your Question

  8. Use Minimal-Supervision Tasks to Squeeze Dead Time out of Regular Routines

  9. Mix up Your Teaching Styles

  10. Create Teamwork Tactics That Emphasize Accountability

Get the full story by clicking on the link. https://www.edutopia.org/classroom-student-participation-tips


Second quarter report cards will be sent home Thursday, January 10th. Students with less than 90% attendance and/or students that have recieved a Minor or an ODR should have a comment on their report card to reinforce improvement in the specific area for third quarter.

Attendance in November

Please review the slides with your class and use it as a checkpoint to see how you are doing so far in December...then use it as motivation to finish the month of December strong :)

LIM Weekly: Leadership & Quality Tools

The Fishbone Diagram (or Ishikawa Diagram) is used to display the causes for a specific effect, event, or problem. It is also known as the cause-and-effect diagram. Write the effect or outcome at the head of the diagram. Write the causes that lead to that effect on each of the "bones" that spread out from the center line. Students can use this tool to analyze the factors that lead to the desired effect. They can also use it to define the causes of a certain problem.
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Engagement and Empowerment:

Engagement and empowerment essentially are connected but not the same.

Verbs that describe engagement:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Watching
  • Consumption

Verbs that are connected to “empowerment”:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Making
  • Creating

That being said, engagement is crucial to empowerment in our learning.

You will be better at speaking if you are good at listening. Your writing will probably benefit from reading the work of others. But, then I started thinking about how we can easily fall into the trap that one of the columns embodies engagement while the other embodies empowerment.

For example, if I have the opportunity to read and explore articles or books that interest me, that embodies empowerment. While if I have to write something that I have no interest in writing about, that may lack both engagement and empowerment.

So ultimately, I have come to this conclusion. Empowerment is about ownership and agency. If I have voice and choice in my learning, empowerment is more likely to exist, than if I don’t.

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