Roberts Middle School

Aviator Agenda: March 21-25

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HOW TO CULTIVATE A WINNING MINDSET

March Madness began this week. Sixty-eight teams began the tournament with their eyes on the national championship. In 1974, Digger Phelps, the Notre Dame basketball coach, was preparing his team to meet the perennial national champion UCLA Bruins in a basketball game. UCLA was on an 88 game winning streak and was the powerhouse in college basketball. Coach Phelps knew that in order to beat the Bruins and their legendary coach, John Wooden, he had to change the mindset of his team.


He utilized an unusual strategy to get his team ready for the game. On Monday after a strenuous practice, he had his team go to the ends of the courts and cut down the nets. The ritual of cutting down the nets is bestowed upon the winning team after winning a championship or after a major upset. Coach Phelps repeated that action on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. By Friday, the nets were brought down with true professionalism. Saturday afternoon, when the game was over and UCLA had gone down in defeat, the Notre Dame players cut down the nets with even more passion. They had accomplished their objective.


At Roberts, many of our students face so many of life’s challenges. Many of our students never had the opportunity to experience what winning feels like. As teachers, we have that daunting task of preparing our students not just academically, but helping them cultivate a growth mindset. We can never give up on a child; our students deserve the best education possible. This last week before the STAAR test for 5th grade, let's build their confidence and build on their successes. Let us teach them how to expect to win.

Daring Greatly,

Jorly

2016 6TH GRADE SCIENCE FIELD TRIP

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HATERS WILL SEE YOU WALK ON WATER AND SAY IT'S BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SWIM

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IF A CHILD CAN'T LEARN THE WAY WE TEACH, MAYBE WE SHOULD TEACH THE WAY THEY LEARN

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EXPERIMENT. FAIL. LEARN. REPEAT.

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THE BRAIN IS BUILT TO CHANGE IN RESPONSE TO EXPERIENCE

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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

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I EXPERIMENT FOR ICE CREAM

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WINNERS: NOTHING WILL HOLD US BACK

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THE FUTRUE BELONGS TO THE CURIOUS. THE ONES WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO TRY IT. EXPORE IT. QUESTION IT.

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NOBODY CAN BE UNCHEERED WITH A BALLOON

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Donuts for Dads

SOME SUPER HEROES DON'T HAVE CAPES... THEY ARE CALLED DAD

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AMAZING PEOPLE DO NOT JUST HAPPEN

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"IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME," SAID EMILY.

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FOCUSED WALKTHROUGHS: SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION

How do we get better at small group instruction?
  • It starts with us, the teacher led group in the blended model. We need to make sure that we are increasing the rigor of instruction in our small group.

What does increasing rigor look like.

  • This means providing our students more of a challenging and meaningful learning environment. We want to create a small group environment where students are thinking critically and actively employing problem solving skills. We need to allow our students the opportunity to struggle in their learning.

How do you support this necessary struggle to take your student further than ever?

  • This can only happen if we preplan our questions. At times, we let our students off the hook by supplying the answer too quickly. One of the tools we can implement within our small groups is to check for understanding. Understanding is best gauged through a written answer. Written responses give teachers an objective framework for understanding when to move on and when to reteach.


What will we be looking for:

  • Give students the opportunity to struggle
  • Preplan questions and sentence stems
  • Check for understanding through writing

FLIGHT ITINERARY: MARCH 21 -25

MONDAY

  • Admin Staffing (Working Lunch)
  • 12:53-1:53 6th Grade Science PLC
  • 1:55-2:53 6th Grade Reading PLC
  • 2:57-3:55 5th Grade Reading PLC

TUESDAY

  • Spring Pictures
  • 10:15 -10:45 STAAR Test Security Training Refresher (non-certified personnel)
  • 10:15-11:13 6th Grade Social Studies PLC
  • 12:53-1:51 5th Grade Social Studies PLC
  • 12:53-1:51 STAAR Test Security Training Refresher (non-certified personnel)
  • Grade Verification: MUST be turned in before you leave campus and grade books reverified
  • Math Academy (5th & 6th Grade)

WEDNESDAY

  • 10:15-11:13 5th Grade Science PLC
  • 1:55-2:53 5th Grade Math PLC
  • 2:57-3:55 6th Grade Math PLC
  • 4:20 Faculty Meeting: Mandatory STAAR Training (certified personnel)

THURSDAY

  • 2:57-3:55 Report Cards
  • 3:30 Chick-Fil-A STAAR Orders Due

FRIDAY

  • Good Friday