9/27/2019 ~ Superintendent's Newsletter ~ 6th Ed.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~ Nelson Mandela

Classroom Connection

Whether you are a teacher delivering instructions to students or a student attempting to retain information for a class, there are 20 cross-curricular strategies that take advantage of the way all brains learn best. They are as follows:

Brainstorming and Discussion: We remember what we talk about with others.

Drawing and Artwork: Drawing helps students encode new content for later recall.

Field Trips: We remember where we go in the real world.

Games: When playing a game, the stress level goes down and the retention rate goes up.

Graphic Organizers, Semantic Maps, and Word Webs: Having students design a mind map addresses both hemispheres of the brain.

Humor: He who laughs most, learns best. – John Cleese

Manipulatives, Experiments, Labs, and Models: There is a strong correlation between what our hands hold and what our minds comprehend.

Metaphors, Analogies, and Similes: Take what is unfamiliar to students and connect it to what is familiar and they will get it.

Mnemonic Devices: Acronyms and acrostics enable students to memorize lists of items.

Movement: Anything the brain learns while the body is in motion is long remembered.

Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap: Nursery rhymes and song lyrics learned while we are children are easily remembered as adults.

Project-Based and Problem-Based learning: When students are completing real-world projects or solving real-world problems, comprehension is facilitated.

Reciprocal Teaching and Cooperative Learning: We remember 90% of what we teach to someone else.

Roleplay: Involve me, I understand. Chinese Proverb

Storytelling: The brain remembers stories because they are connected together with a beginning, middle, and end.

Technology: Technology is a workplace competency which enables students to be college – or career – ready.

Visualization and Guided Imagery: Everything happens twice: once in the mind and once in reality. – Stephen Covey

Visuals: Show me, I remember. – Chinese Proverb

Work-Study and Apprenticeships: On the job training helps the content make sense.

Writing and Journals: The brain remembers what we write in long hand better than what we type on a computer.

Community Connection

Join TEAM BONHAM ISD for the Out of the Darkness Walk on October 5th @ Legacy Ridge Country Club!!

Don't forget to register and/or make a donation.


Throwback Photo Revisited

The four current employees in the picture are, from L to R, Karen McCommas, Connie Skidmore, Kelly Trompler and Carrie Horton. At the time the picture was taken, all four were third-grade teachers at Bailey Inglish and were participating in the campus talent show!

Gift Card Winners were Carrie Kincade, Carrie Horton and Debbie Fox. Congratulations and thanks for playing!!!


Next Week....

  • 9/30 ~ LHR Volleyball @ Home ~ 4:30
  • 10/3 ~ LHR & BHS Cross Country @ Blue Ridge ~ 4:00
  • 10/4 ~ BHS VB ~ Home ~ 4:30
  • 10/5 ~ Out of Darkness Walk @ Legacy Ridge ~ 9:00 AM


It has long been believed that success drives happiness, but it turns out it’s the other way around.

When we embrace a positive mindset, our brains are more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive.

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Great Days of Service

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 8am

Check in @ First Baptist Church, Bonham

Service projects include:

Community Clean-up, Home Improvements, Powder Creek Playground, Nursing Home Visitations, Food Drive, Recycling Project for Fannin Literacy Council, Sort Clothing for Isaiah’s Closet

Sign up @ http://www.gds-bonham.org/
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