D's Month

Mrs. Deneumostier's May 2014 Newsletter (last edition)

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9, 2014

Know I appreciate all of your hard work! Our students are blessed to have such wonderful teachers!

Here is a neat article about (others) understanding what we do:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/appreciate-teachers-by-understanding-mary-beth-hertz

How to Make it to the End of the School Year

Last (full) Month of the School Year

Six Engaging End-of-Year Projects

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/end-of-year-engaging-projects-rebecca-alber


End of the Year Resources

https://www.teachervision.com/activity/resource/10952.html


Transformation Begins With Reflection: How Was Your Year? http://www.edutopia.org/blog/transformation-begins-with-reflection-elena-aguilar


Teachers: How to Prepare for School Year's End http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/principals-office/preparing-for-the-end-of-the-school-year/


In addition, Rachel Lynette in her Minds in BLOOM site has compiled a list of reflection questions for teachers; you can see them here: http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2011/06/20-teacher-end-of-year-reflection.html. The article also includes a link for students' questions.

Self-reflecting...

Being out of the classroom this year has been quite an experience. And from that perspective, I answered some of the teacher's reflection questions that I'd like to share with you:

  1. What has caused you the most stress this year? Balancing the support and compliance aspects of the job.
  2. When was a time this year when you felt joyful and/or inspired about the work that you do? When students excitedly asked me when was I coming next to work with them. And when able to gather important information about our students' background (mainly new students) that allowed for a better placement decision.
  3. What do you hope your students remember most about you as a teacher? That I care about them.
  4. What was the most valuable thing you learned this year? That even as a support teacher, building relationships with your students and their parents matter. As an educator, relationships make a difference, regardless of the position you hold.
  5. What was the biggest mistake you made this year? How can you avoid making the same mistake in the future? Thinking I could do everything (support and compliance) all year long. I "walked" through the year blindly, not knowing what would come next; but now that I know about the responsibilities the position entitles and when/how in the year they fit, I could actually have a working plan. (I am preparing a guide for my fellow new 2014-15 LASes at IES.)
  6. What were your biggest organizational challenges this year? Keeping up with enrollment as to meet the different compliance processes and deadlines.
  7. Who amongst your colleagues were the most helpful to you? Our amazing Office Staff, our wonderful Paras, my lovely mentor (Ms. Powers from CRES), and my super LASes Team!
  8. Knowing what you know now, would you still choose to be a L.A.S. if you could go back in time and make the choice again? Yes! If not for my personal reasons to be changing positions (and campuses), I would have loved to continue being a L.A.S. I already had so many ideas to be better at it next year.


Thank you for a great year, IES friends!


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Technology Integration

Keep students engaged through the end of the year. Continue to integrate technology on a daily basis. Here are a couple of links with ideas/ activities:

http://www.netop.com/classroom-management-software/blog/end-of-school-year-blues-classroom-technology-to-keep-students-engaged/

http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/

21st Century Education

"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century." -- Perelman


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” -- Alvin Toffler