The Elementary IDSS News

Issue #9, January 4th, 2019

The following is a true story from . . . . .

. . . . . a first grade Lakeville classroom. A boy told his teacher, "My parents grew up in St. Paul, Africa." The teacher replied, "I know St. Paul, Minnesota, but not St. Paul, Africa." The boy's response: "That's because St. Paul, Africa is in Hawaii."
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Explaining our New Grades to our Students

As we head into "report card season", here's an anchor chart that was seen in a classroom (written in kid friendly language) to help explain our new grading system:
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Goal Setting with your Students in 2019

Will you be discussing goal setting and resolutions with your students?

There is a ton of research (going back decades) that shows that when students set goals it increases both motivation and achievement. This link has lots of great ideas and extensions for you to try with your students as you journey into 2019.

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Where to be with your TDE!

  • First Observation should be finished or scheduled with your IDSS Coach (Tenured Years 1 & 2)
  • Observe and reflect on colleague observation
  • Reflection on Professional Development started

P.S.How can we help you and your students?

P.P.S. Bethany, Janet, Michelle and Bob would love to know what you're doing in your classes. Do you have a success story, a great engagement activity or a funny anecdote to share? Please do so.

P.P.P.S. Here's what the sunrise looked like on the way to work on January 3, 2019. Thank you to a teacher at CHE for this picture.
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