Points of Pride

August 15, 2019

Instructional Focus:

I get that having a new certified evaluation tool is somewhat scary/intimidating. With that in mind, I have decided to dedicate this portion of my weekly newsletter to a different component every week (in domains 2 and 3). I feel that this aligns perfectly, as it allows you to hear how I interpret each of the sections, and the rubrics correlate to good instruction. Please know that these are just my thoughts, and not a comprehensive overview on the subject. If you would like more information, I have attached the rubric and a detailed summary immediately below.

2A: Creating and Interpreting an Environment of Respect and Rapport

When I look at 2A, I am often reminded of the phrase that a "classroom will take on the personality of the teacher." Everything (the way you dress, the way you move, body language, what you allow, what you don't allow) that you do sends a message to students!! It is important that the classroom environment exudes mutual respect and support. This needs to be fostered through warm interactions towards students, as well as, appropriate interactions between students should be continuously modeled and reinforced.

Food for thought:

  • How do you ensure that you connect with each child daily?
  • If given a survey, would your students say that you care about them?
  • Could you name an outstanding characteristic about every one of your students (have an older brother, likes baseball, has a split household, etc.)
  • Are your students willing to take intellectual risks?
  • Would your students say that you treat them fairly?


Upcoming Events:

  • 8/19: New to SPE Meeting @3:10-3:40
  • 8/20: School Council @ 3:30; Strings Meeting @ 5:30; PTSO Room Mom Meeting @ 6:30
  • 8/21: 1:55 Release-PLC
  • 8/23: Intermediate MTSS Day (see tentative schedule below); Chair Massages for staff @ 9:00-4:00
  • 8/27: Kindergarten GLC Meeting @ Playa @ 3:45
  • 8/28: No specials; 11:55 Release; Certified PD @ 12:15 (Sanford Harmony)
  • 8/29: Primary MTSS Meetings all day; Data Team Committee @ 3:15; 1st and 2nd GLC @ Playa @ 3:45
  • 8/30: Fall Picture Day 9:00-11:30 (schedule will be released shortly)
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