Friday Focus

April 29, 2016

Summary and Non-Summary Year Evaluations

With the rest of the days closed for requesting subs for personal reasons, I am a little nervous about hiring a guest teacher to cover your classrooms for end-of-the year evaluation conversations.

Instead, please share with me some times and days that would work best for you within the month of May. This could be before school, after school, lunch, or during the school day when you do not have students. Please use the Google Form below to enter possible times and days that work best for you. Nic and I will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you are in your summary year, you will need to complete the following activities prior to meeting with Nic and/or myself:

  • Artifacts for Domains 1 and 4 uploaded to your Google Doc provided by Nic.
  • Instructional walk observations reviewed and aligned with Domains 2 and 3. (I plan on each classroom teacher having at least ten (10) walks completed by early May.)
  • A final rating for each of the 21 components with the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

When we meet, I will share my suggested ratings and then make a final decision together. Prepare for at least 45 minutes to meet.

If you are in a non-summary year, we will need less time to discuss your progress in the evaluation system.



Site Licences for iPad Apps

We just purchased a school-level license for three apps you might find effective in your instruction. See the descriptions below. Feel free to download one or all on your classroom iPads. See Michelle B or Wayne for help if needed.

Popplet: "In the classroom and at home, students use Popplet for learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them."

MathBoard and MathBoard Fractions: "More than just standard drills, MathBoard encourages students to actually solve problems, and not just guess at answers. This is done by providing multiple answer styles, as well as a scratchboard area where problems can be worked out by hand. Students can also turn to MathBoard's Problem Solver for further help. This powerful teaching feature walks students through the steps required to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. Additionally, the included quick reference tables serve as a valuable learning tool."

Poetry Corner

For A New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

by John O’Donohue

(Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.)

PTC Meeting

Thursday, May 19th, 6-7pm

221 8th Street North

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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