What Jenny's Doing...

Let me help!

It's my job to help you! Talk to me about ways I can introduce instructional strategies or help you with technology. I don't want to feel like the guy in the picture! :)

Reminder! Second Benchmark Test Corrections Due Today (November 20)!

CCR Anchor Standard 4

Anchor- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

English CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

English Informational CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

History CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

Science CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.

Suggested Literacy Strategies (click here for descriptions)

List-Group Label

Quick Write

Think Aloud

Knowledge Rating

Five Word Prediction


Pre-Reading Plan

Jot Charting

ABC Brainstorm

Margin Notes

Quadrant Cards

Magnet Summary


Semantic Feature Analysis

Monday's Faculty Meeting

On Monday we will be discussing formative assessments. Do you have one you want to share? Of course you do! I have added some ideas to my Pinterest board (click above).

Please add any others to our Formative Assessment Padlet...(http://padlet.com/wall/v3fhhbuglj password is formative).


The purpose of this…

As a faculty we can stand together and keep our eyes on struggling students if we all know who they are. Students may need some encouragement for many reasons. REMEMBER…this is a secret mission. Do not let the students know…or anyone else for that matter.

What to do…
Smile, call them by name, ask them how they are, pat them on the shoulder, buy them game apps (just kidding about that last one). Ask them how their classes are going! Any sort of positive reinforcement is what we are going for here. You never know the power of a kind word. We will discuss this later to see if this FFC Most Wanted is having any effect. I really hope it does.

Mattie Gray

  • "Beautiful girl with great personality."
  • "No confidence in math. Afraid to ask questions and tends to not work rather than take a chance of getting it wrong."

Trevor Shelton

  • "...he is one the sweetest, brightest students I know...he feels like an outcast socially. ... He is involved in student council and takes Spanish this year, but doesn't open up and really participate in the activities. He would probably be a great tutor or helper to others if we can think of the right situations for him to work in."
  • "He is a nice, quiet young man who strives to do well in school. Trevor loves to read and will read big, thick books. He lacks self esteem and will rarely ask for help. He usually completes assignments, but misses school due to doctor appointments-thus putting him behind in his work. Trevor will help other students when asked to, but usually prefers to work alone."
  • "I would like to see Trevor become involved in more activities at our school. He is on the Student Council currently. I think this could improve his self esteem and open him up to more possibilities."
  • "Trevor Shelton is such a brilliant student! I understand he is usually quiet, but he is very willing to answer questions in my class! He needs some reminders that he is doing a super job! Sometimes it seems he can be depressed."

Derreckus Siner

"...still participates in class, but he is slipping on turning in assignments on time."

Sarah Vaden

  • "Precious. Embarrassed to ask questions."
  • "There every night helping build the float along with her big brother. Hard worker but needs confidence."
  • "...very intelligent but does not complete all assignments. Good kid...just think she is going through some stuff. On student council and is liked by others."


When typing a URL address on the iPad or iPhone, hold down the period to open a list of .com, .edu, .org, .us, and .net. Convenient!

Remember, little things make it easier to not have to struggle with the juggle!

Word Root Fun! ***BEN*** (Latin root meaning "good" or "well")

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 2013 at 7:45am to Tuesday, Nov. 26th 2013 at 3pm


Starting today (Wednesday)...we will have a weekly word root. I will post Wordles of words with these roots in random places around the school and give each of you a list of which words to incorporate into your instruction each day. We will concentrate on ONE per day. You don't have to write them into your lesson plans, but it would be awesome if you could spin them into your dialogue.

Every week I will organize a contest for the students (you don't have to do anything except maybe post a password) and we will have a Friday winner of something simple, like a candy bar or a popsicle.

Why are we doing this? ACT scores will ascend to the heavens! No, really...research shows that knowledge of word roots really does help students' scores, and vocabulary growth is one of our goals. What better way to quickly demonstrate to kids how vocabulary words are cross-curricular?

Here is the list for this week. What do you do? Try to incorporate...use...emphasize...these words throughout the day in your lessons. The students will start to recognize the push. On Fridays (next Tuesday for this first time), I will post a survey/quiz for the students to name which word was emphasized on which day, and then draw from the right answers for a winner.

The words for this week are as follows:

benefit (Wednesday)

beneficiary (Thursday)

benevolent (Friday)

benign (Monday)

benediction (Tuesday)

Don't tell the kids the words...let them figure the words out!

Let's have fun with this! It will benefit everyone! (See how I just slipped that in there?)

I am really enjoying what I'm seeing in your classrooms! Brag board coming soon!

FFC/FMS APPY HOUR Went GREAT! Congrats to Kathy Townsend for winning the iTunes gift card!

Thursday, Nov. 14th 2013 at 8am-3pm

FFC Library

All IPs will be on board to teach you (or review with you) about the following:

  • Evernote
  • GoogleDrive
  • HaikuDeck
  • Socrative

Link for more info: https://www.smore.com/2j5g