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Learning Together - May 2016

Last PLC of 2015-2016

May 19

For this PLC we will be looking at the newly updated Humanities Curriculum for next year and reflect on our current Math curriculum and CIEs. We will also spend a few minutes reflecting on our PLCs and thinking forward to next year!

Visit for Growth and Development Due May 20, 2016

May 20th is the due date for the last Visit for Growth and Development form. If you need a copy, there are some already printed in the green folder by the snacks in my room. If you need someone to cover your class while you go to visit, please be sure to let me know.

Training Camp - Traits #10 & #11

As we wrap up the year, consider trait #10 - The Best Leave a Legacy and trait #11 - The best make everyone around them better.

Please know that you have left a legacy this year and you have made everyone around you better. It's been a pleasure to be a part of the staff and watch each and every one of you work your magic with students and adults alike.

Below is a link to a great blog post by Jon Gordon. I hope that you take a minute to read it.

You Are Here for a Reason - Jon Gordon

Thank you so much for all you do,


Hitting the Target

One of the many things that I love about wrapping up the school year is reflecting on my goals; what went well, and what didn't go so well. A long time ago and far away, I sat in a training talking about goals and they used a target to demonstrate the idea. I always thought of goal-setting like scoring in basketball. You either got the ball in the basket and scored, or you missed and didn't. No matter how many times you hit the rim, it didn't count for anything. There was no "almost" point. And yes, I am a terrible basketball player so I always thought that I should get 1 point just for hitting the rim!

In this training, the presenters used the analogy of goals as targets instead of just a hit or miss. This spoke to me then and still does today as I continue my journey in education. Seeing the goal as a target, you still aim for the bull's eye, but you honor wherever you land on the target. The target isn't just the bull's eye! There are many other spots to land and you get credit for them as well! Imagine that! Getting points for missing...but then again, you're really not missing. (You're just not hitting the bull's eye.)

It was a huge "aha" moment for me and many years later it still resonates with me. As we wrap up the school year and I sit here today reflecting, I remind myself that even if I miss the bull's eye, I can still celebrate hitting the target!

Summer Learning Opportunities

Click here to go to the Smore from Curriculum and Instruction which includes links to curriculum summer offerings.

LEADing Digital Innovation @GCISD

with keynote speaker George Couros ~ June 14, 2016

Humanities Headlines

Link to Dr. Newell's Humanities Headlines with links to workshops.


GCISD Summer Reading Assignment

Link to Dr. Newell's Smore regarding Summer Reading

25 Book Challenge - SMORE

Don't forget about the 25 Book Challenge! The final deadline is May 21, 2016. Click on the link above to get to the 25 Book Challenge-SMORE with all the details and links to submit students' names. Don't forget to submit your own name, too!

GCISD 1:1 Website

Links to all things digital!

Curriculum Website

Click to go to the GCISD Curriculum Website (Math, Science, Social Studies, and links to CIEs)

Personalized Learning Website

Click to go to the GCISD Personalized Learning Website