Patriot Update

September 27, 2015

"Teaching is not just hard work, it's 'heart work." - Eleise Buxton

Inspirational ABC's for Educators...

Dave and Shelley Burgess

C is for Crew

Savvy pirates don't sail alone; a crew is essential for success. Connecting with educators, building a professional learning network, and collaborating with a diverse group of mentors, supporters, and peers is critical. Embrace the synergy of a great team. Surround yourself with people who inspire and challenge you!

Ditch that textbook.

Ditch that outdated curriculum.

Ditch those preconceived notions of what is right and wrong in the classroom.

The worst reason to do anything is "because that's the way it has always been done."

Student Driven Questions

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Total Participation Techniques

Quick Draws

Quick-Draws….students can demonstrate their understanding of an abstract

term or concept.

How It Works

 Select a ‘big idea’ or abstract concept from the lesson

 Students are given 3-5 minutes to create a visual image that represents the


 Students share and explain their image with a partner, in a small group, or in

a Chalkboard Splash

Students are synthesizing the concept when then they are able to represent

the ‘big idea’ in a drawing that relates to the concept or is a representation of

that concept. The depth of their understanding may be best represented in

their explanation of their drawing (ie.– Given the concept of freedom, a student

may draw a picture of the molecules in a gas state of matter and explain

to their partner or small group how molecules move freely, unrestricted by a

defined shape).

The Two-by-Ten Strategy...Worth Trying

Raymond Wlodkowski1 did extensive observations of student behavior, cataloguing student time in and out of seat as well as the types, instances, and severity of student disruptions. In particular, he researched a strategy called "Two-by-Ten." Here, teachers focus on their most difficult student. For two minutes each day, 10 days in a row, teachers have a personal conversation with the student about anything the student is interested in, as long as the conversation is G-rated. Wlodkowski found an 85-percent improvement in that one student's behavior. In addition, he found that the behavior of all the other students in the class improved.

Martha Allen, an adjunct professor at Dominican University's Teacher Credential Program in San Rafael, California, asked her student teachers to use the Two-by-Ten Strategy with their toughest student. The results? Almost everyone reported a marked improvement in the behavior and attitude of their one targeted student, and often of the whole class. Many teachers using the Two-by-Ten Strategy for the first time have had a similar corroborating experience: Their worst student became an ally in the class when they forged a strong personal connection with that student.

This can be counterintuitive. But the students who seemingly deserve the most punitive consequences we can muster are actually the ones who most need a positive personal connection with their teacher. When they act out, they are letting us know that they are seeking a positive connection with an adult authority figure and that they need that connection first, before they can focus on learning content.

The teachers whom Paul Kilkenny mentors in East San Jose regularly use the Two-by-Ten Strategy with their challenging students. "Not only does it help with the toughest students," says Paul, "but also it helps the teachers remember their humanity as they attempt to survive and thrive in the classroom

Heart at Work!

Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
  • Stephanie Edwards, you've got heart! Stephanie makes sure that she is providing support to the teacher who shares an inclusion friend with her program. I appreciate how she keeps me current on strategies they are working on and that she implements what I expect in her setting as well. It takes a village to raise a child and she is an important part of my village.

Thank you for serving our campus with your whole heart!

Health Related Benefits

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Upcoming Events

Lion King Rehearsals - Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays

After school

Amber Richards... make her a part of your support team!

Amber Richards will be on campus on October 1st. Email her at to let her know how she can support you. Schedule her to visit your classroom...model, observe, and/or provide feedback; provide resources or ideas; respond to questions about the ELA/SS scope & sequence.

October 2nd - Pride Rally, Early Release, Sports Fan Day, Parent Conferences

Wear the gear and show support for your favorite sports team.

October 4 - Display Case Change

The new theme for the 6 weeks is 'teachers' college and/or favorite sports'
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