Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update: 1/3/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Nuts and Bolts

Food Policy- several of you asked me ahead of time about passing out edible items or including such items in your lessons recently. However, there were several that I was not aware of. As of now there are some gray areas. I will have a form you will need to submit if you are going to have students handle ANY food starting in January. I ask that all of you start identifying NEW lessons, prizes or incentives. WE must get away from the old practice and no longer have food items in our classrooms. I know this is new and change can be tough but in the long run it is the safest and healthiest option for our students.

Curriculum and Instruction

Scheduling Concern: Folks, I'm going to respectfully ask that grade levels NOT schedule math tests on Fridays and SS or Sci tests should be spread out also. We are a small staff and have limited availability on a daily basis, especially Fridays. Students who require accommodations are very difficult to appropriately service when there are multiple tests on the same day. Please be sure to spread out testing dates and ALWAYS notify Lindsey and Kat at-least two weeks prior to a test date so they can plan ahead.

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) 20 Words: Write a twenty-word description of the book you are reading. Use exactly twenty words.

2.) 3 Things: Three things I learned are…

Literacy Activities That Engage the Brain~

Cause and Effect Chain: Have students answer cause and effect questions by forming a cause-effect chain. Have students stand and form a circle. Begin the circle by stating a cause. Then next person in the circle to the left repeats the cause and gives an effect that follows the stated cause. The next person to the left continues the cause and effect chain. For example: I had to stay in my room all day. I had to stay in my room all day, so I could not go outside and play. I could not go outside and play, so I began to cry, etc.

Reaching ALL Learners

A positive class climate is filled with what has been termed “academic optimism.” When the class’s physical and emotional energy is high and flush with hope and optimism, students try harder and enjoy learning more. Teachers with a strong classroom climate model a passion for learning, and their students buy into it. Positive, high-energy classrooms reflect passionate, skillful, and smart teaching.

Create and distribute awards to your students for exemplifying qualities like creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership.

From: Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind

Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.


We will continue with mini Tech Tuesday PD's with Katie Reynolds!

See Nadine's availability schedule in the photo below.

January Twitter Challenge!!!! Let's do this!!!!

If you haven't set up your Twitter account yet please do so NOW. Helpful tips in the link below.

How to Grow Your PLN

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