The Raven Flyer
January 11, 2016
Children First, Always...The Bryan Way!
It's a Raven Thing!
Be the One ! Committed to Excellence!
Bryan ISD will provide positive educational experiences that ensure high school graduation and post-secondary success.
The Standards Based Teacher...
Follows BISD Curriculum
Monitors Student Mastery
Provides SE-Based Environment
Uses Aligned Assessments
Delivers Aligned Instruction
- Plans Aligned Units
As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:
What do we want students to learn?
How will we know that they have learned it?
How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?
How will we respond when students have already learned it?
- How will we respond when some students have not learned it?
Note------ Grading Guidelines.
TAIS Quarter 2 Goal-How are we doing? How are you doing?
50% of all lesson plans sampled will contain evidence of teaching for mastery best practices and high yield strategies.
30 minutes of each Wednesday planning session will be used to share classroom experiences related to teaching for mastery best practices and tracking for mastery (data driven instruction).
1. Teachers deliver less lectures and more interactive lessons.
2. Teachers plan lessons at high cognitive levels with increased focus on vocabulary.
3. Teachers will use increased data driven small group instruction.4. Collect evidence of best practice implementation and provide necessary coaching support.
Self-Directed Learning Walks
You are strongly encouraged to visit other classrooms in the school to learn and collaborate. It's even better to go in pairs to facilitate a discussion about what you see during your visit. If you choose to visit a classroom during your conference time, etc. and stay in the classroom for at least 10 minutes, you can mark the teacher's Bingo card.
A few housekeeping items...
Staff Meeting-Wednesday- Gr. 3 will lead Good Things and Launch.
Be in the cafe by 7:25 for Friday Morning Meeting to greet and manage students. Shake their hands, smile at them.
Move all lesson plans into your personal planner. This is a requirement.
If you plan math, you are encouraged to take advantage of the math collaborative planning sessions.
PDAS Appraisal Window-Action Required
If you would like to schedule a pre-conference, please schedule through Karen Morgan.
If there is any time during the 2 week window that your schedule would not be conducive to a 45 minute appraisal, please make your appraiser aware.
During your 2 week window, leave a folder on your desk with a seating chart, lesson plans, and any other pertinent information you’d like for us to have or know.
CKH and Conscious Discipline
Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”
Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!
Evidence of Capturing Kids Hearts
N/A (This teacher has not yet been to CKH training.)
Social Contract is posted, visible, and written in the correct format. (implemented 100% at Houston) Refreshing your social contracts might be in order!
Non-verbal signals are used by the teacher when appropriate.
Students are responding to non-verbal signs by the teacher.
Teacher refers to the social contract (when processing conflict & violations).
Teacher is meeting/greeting students with a handshake as they arrive.
Good things and/or launches are being used.
Affirmations are a part of the classroom environment.
The 4 questions are being used appropriately. (What are you doing? Supposed to be doing? Are you doing it? What are you going to do about it?)
Students are self-managing with non-verbal signs.
Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!
Are you setting a good example?
Please send students to the office by 8:15 am if out of dress code.
I Can Statements
Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction.
Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children! Grades K & 5 have front drive duty this week. When on duty in the front, please supervise the safety patrol and fill in where necessary.
See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.
Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!
Affirmations and Birthdays!
1/11-HB, Carrie McGovern!
1/12-HB, Karen Yancey!
1/15-HB, Melody Kapchinski
Care and Concern:
Rev.Miles will still be out this week recuperating at home until he is feeling better. He says to tell everyone he misses them and will be back as soon as he can.
Sheila Whisenant's husband had surgery over the break and is at home now, and still requiring significant care.
It was great to see Melody Kapchinski at school this week. We pray for her healing and faith that it will get better each day.
A shout out goes to:
Everyone for using the telephones as the primary mode of communication between the office and the classroom. Keep it up! The front office is much improved and our business remains our business. Much more private and confidential. Your help is much appreciated.
Lori Smith, our new second grade teacher, for doing an awesome job during her first week at Sam Houston. We think you're pretty special! So glad you're a Raven!
Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.