"Super" Spruce Scoop
Volume 2 Edition 21
February 1, 2016
Moseley - Really Good Instruction!
Modeling for students as they work through an aspect of revising and editing.
Students used clocks to tell time to the nearest minute. Ms. Rodriguez provides feedback to students.
Using concrete objects, pictorials and an open number line. Textbook instruction!
Middle School Writing Collaborative
Mr. Caballero and Mr. Stewart use mentor text to determine the highest leverage action to improve the writing.
Sharing their ideas around the use of the rubric and how to apply it to identify highest leverage action step.
I like to move it, move it...
An anchor chart from the writing PD. Principals also experienced the activity and how to use the anchor chart.
R. C. Burleson
Providing small group instruction while the rest of the class works on meaningful center activities.
Ms. Ingram / Ms. Trout
Ms. Ingram and Ms. Trout working in tandem to provide good math instruction.
Providing one-on-one support in writing...
ISIP / Espanol - Mid-Year Progress
Gonzalez - Chess Champs
Congratulations to our awesome Gonzalez Chess Team! They won 1st place trophies in both the K-3 and 4th-5th grade divisions in last Saturday's Chess Tournament at Gonzalez! There was a total of 190 students participating from 20 different schools. They had 25 Gonzalez students participate and 2 former Gonzalez students participated in the 6th-12th grade division. All were impressive!
Marshall Memo - “I’m Just Not a Math Person”
In this Usable Knowledge article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Leah Shafer explores the all-too-common dynamic of a student struggling with a math problems, giving up, and saying: “I just can’t get this. I’m not a math person.” Of course the idea that there are “math people” and “not math people” is a social construct, says Shafer: “It stems from the belief that math intelligence is a fixed trait, rather than something that grows and develops with hard work and opportunities to learn.” Students who believe they are not “math people” feel outside mathematics – that math doesn’t belong to them, that it’s not useful to interpreting and navigating the world; it’s just something they have to memorize for tests.
The good news is that it’s possible to change a student’s negative attitudes toward math. Some key steps:
• Shift from a fixed to a growth mindset. Students can be taught to make this shift – that through determination and hard work they can be good at math.
• Create opportunities for cooperative learning. “When students learn from each other by discussing problem-solving strategies,” says Shafer, “they discover new techniques for approaching problems and new attitudes that help them persevere.”
• Give students the chance to productively struggle. Rather than simple right/wrong computational problems, teachers should assign meaty problems that invite students to find their own solutions. Teachers should give students enough time to wrestle with problems and try a new approach if they reach a dead end.
• Encourage participation, even if the student doesn’t have the right answer yet. “If there’s a threat of being wrong every time I raise my hand, and being wrong is a bad thing, then very quickly I decide math isn’t for me, I don’t like this, I’m not a smart person,” says Noah Heller of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Teachers need to frame wrong answers as opportunities for learning and get students sharing tentative answers without fear of failure.
• Re-envision math as a language. Math students should feel they can claim ownership over the language of math in the same way that English language learners claim ownership over English. Math students need to feel they are insiders, able to construct knowledge, and can gain access to skills and tools that will be truly useful in their lives.
“Becoming a Math Person: Why Students Develop an Aversion to Mathematics – and How Teachers Can Help Change Their Minds” by Leah Shafer in Usable Knowledge, January 16, 2016, http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/16/01/becoming-math-person
Events for the Week
- Monday, February 1 - K-2 Cadre at Burleson, African-American Heritage Month
- Tuesday, February 2 - K-2 Cadre at Cuellar
- Wednesday, February 3 - K-2 Cadre at Anderson
- Thursday, February 4 -
- Friday, February 5 -