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February 8-12, 2016

Black History - More Than a Month

Black History Month remains an important moment for America to celebrate the achievements and contributions black Americans have played in U.S. history. Arising out of "Negro History Week," which first began in the 1920s, February has since been designated as Black History Month by every U.S. president since 1976. I've witnessed wonderful programs occuring in schools over the past week. Be sure to check out the ones below, including the pre-made resources ready and waiting for you in Canvas.

Be sure to check out the playlist below for more educational Black History month videos. It's an easy way to do a quick write using the discussion features on the tablet or in Canvas as a warm up or exit ticket during homeroom.

Wilt Chamberlain (Educational Videos for Students) Black History Month for Kids

This week, I urge you to step out of your comfort zone and embark on something new that will make a difference in the life of one child. At Allen I will work with content teachers to introduce you to Canvas. At Guilford I am at your beck and call until we dive into Canvas on Saturday, 2/13 and 2/27.. Click here to sign up to earn CEUs and $100! If i can help you fine tune your skills to make that difference, use the links below. I'm here to help.


As always, view the PLEF Instructional Coaching Menu to pick from a variety of resources to help you and your students grow. Have a Super Bowl weekend. Go Panthers!

Use the buttons below to schedule a 1:1 meeting with me!

Monday: PD at GTCC

Tuesday: Guilford

Wednesday: Allen w/ Math

Thursday: Guilford

Friday: WSA

You may now select a time that works best for your schedule. Click the link below for your school.

Love is in the air!

Happy (early) Valentine's Day, everyone!


When time permits, read a teacher's article, "50 Reasons to Love Teaching". Click the link at the end of the article to read the rest of his list. How may of these things can you identify with?


Joel | Teaching.monster.com


Editor’s Note: Teaching, in my opinion, is one of the greatest career choices. Teaching featured writer, Joel, shares 50 reasons he loves teaching in a list below. Keep in mind, I bet every teacher that reads this could add many more reasons to the list. Share the reason you love teaching with Teaching now. Read some of the reasons teaching is great and get inspired.

  1. Sharing experiences
  2. Helping inexperienced teachers solve problems
  3. The ability to help children achieve their best
  4. Inspiring students not only academically but personally
  5. Getting up on stage and performing for them, too
  6. The thrill of a good and well thought out lesson is incomparable
  7. The kids’ energies; their inquisitiveness makes inspires teaching them and pushing them harder
  8. The instant feedback from students about my own teaching performance, even when they don’t realize they’re doing it
  9. Being able to interact with kids who are mostly good and and do try to do what's expected of them...

Click here to continue reading

Great Teaching and Learning Spotlight

Great teaching and learning is occurring in every classroom in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. Visit their classroom during planning to keep your ideas fresh. If you have something you'd like to share, email it to me and I'll feature it in my weekly updates.


Dawn Willis and Timothy Ross (Allen/7th) Kudos to the social studies team! They learned Canvas on Tuesday and administered their first assessment two days later. Acccording to Mr. Ross, "Overall, the convenience of giving the quiz was great. We just had to work out the bugs before we try again." The best part is that they tried something new. Nothing works perfectly in the beginning but eventually the added tech makes your live easier. Be sure to add these two as your go-to for Canvas questions. See a screenshot of their quiz below.

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Content Spotlight - All Subjects

Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows you to communicate effectively. The power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live. source This makes literacy an integral part of every content area. Check out the link below as it is the answer to "But I don't have anything to read" during DEAR time.

Need 2 Knows

  • Storybots makes learning fun with fresh, educational content kids love! The StoryBots Educator Network is comprised of Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers who recognize the power of technology and entertainment to accelerate early learning. Plus, it's free for teachers. Click here to find out more.

  • Remember the Emoji Exit Ticket from a previous newsletter? Great news - the Canvas version is live and online. Search 'Emoji Exit Ticket' in the Commons to begin using this tool.

Tamika M. Davis, MLS MS

Just believe and #keeppounding
Panther Nation Polo Ridge Elementary