Monday Memo

January 19, 2015

TJ Updates

Hope you all had a relaxing long weekend.

This weekend I attended an EdCamp conference. EdCamp is considered an "unconference" because there isn't a set schedule. The topics are decide that day by participants. It was a great day filled with interesting conversations with local educators. We discussed Dave Burgess and his "Teach Like a Pirate" movement, nonfiction strategies, twitter and blogging. I even met Steve Call's wife, Debby! See below for a new twist on the KWL chart.

Some of our fifth graders have been reading 5 books from the Newbery Award nominee list as part of the "Mock Newbery Book Club." They have been discussing the books using Edmodo with students from the Hill School in Brockport. Thursday, both clubs "met" via Skype. Here are some pictures from the meeting...


Tracy/Tricia, Hughes, Joe Lee
PM: Hoch, Grattan, Clark

Monday, January 19
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - rest and relax!

Tuesday, January 20

  • Grade Level Meetings - First Grade
Spuhler @ 8:30 am; Meyer @ 10:30 am, Richmond @ 1:45 pm

  • Reading Incentive Meeting, 3:20 pm, TJC Library

Wednesday, January 21
  • Career & College Ready Study Room, 3:30 pm, TJC Library
  • Shared Decision Making Team, 6:00 pm, Teacher Center

Thursday, January 22

    • Social Studies Framework Workshop at BOCES

      Friday, January 23

      • Grade Level Meetings - First Grade
      • Greene @ 8:30 am; Kittle @ 10:45 am, Hotaling @ 1:15 pm


      Websites, Blogs or Twitter accounts worth checking out

      Below are some websites or blogs I have found that I thought might be of interest to some of you. I will also add some interesting people to follow on twitter.
      The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

      KLEW instead of KWL

      Here's a variation on the KWL chart that I learned about this weekend. I liked this because of the focus on providing evidence. Here is link that explains more about it - Evidence Helps the KWL Get a KLEW.

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