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Weekly Bulletin April 20-April 24

MONDAY QUOTE

As we head into the 4th marking period, don't count down the days, make the days count! Found this from @steph_frosch on Twitter!

TEACHING TIP

8 Essential Elements for Project Based Learning

In continuing with information on Project Based Learning, this article; http://bit.ly/1ImCwKn, by Meghan Everette from Scholastic she shares the essential elements in implementing Project Based Learning in your classroom. PBL is a great way to engage students in real life application of the content. It will also provide excellent evidence for Danielson in the components of 3C as it definitely engages the learners. In addition, PBL fosters discussions which would satisfy 3B: using questioning and discussion techniques as well as 3D: Using assessment in instruction.

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Summative Evaluation Guidelines and Timelines

In following up on the email sent by Mr. Bombardier here is the link http://bit.ly/1JjhmN8 for end of year evaluations guidelines. Please note, the Domain 4 end-of-year scoring process is only required if you if are submitting evidence for a change in score(s) from your mid-year Domain 4 evaluation. If you do not wish to submit evidence for a change of score, there is no need to submit additional Domain 4 evidence or complete the Domain 4 questions.

TECH TIP

Throughout this newsletter you will see links that have bit.ly. This is from the site http://www.bit.ly.com that will shorten URLs. This can be useful when posting to your webpage, using google classroom, sharing resources with each other. Here is the difference. This is the URL for the article I posted above: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2015/03/8-essential-elements-project-based-learning vs http://bit.ly/1ImCwKn after using the website.

PD OPPORTUNITY: MASTER TEACHER ACADEMY AT MRHS

Tuesday, April 28th, 3-4pm

Matawan Regional High School

This workshop will take place on Wednesday 4/29 as well.


Workshop participants will learn to create a discussion group, reading lists, and more. Goodreads also works on phones and tablets, so bring them if you have them. Click here to register: http://goo.gl/forms/ASNO2a0Owz

Co-Teaching and Next Year's Schedule

To date, we have had several discussions regarding next year's schedule. As we have been discussing, our co-teaching model has been very successful and is supported greatly by a majority of the co-teaching pairs, leadership, and central office. In order to keep the co-teaching model, the schedule would be very similar to what we have now. We can align the students with one team, however, some teachers will teach students on both teams. This includes co-teaching pairs as well as individual general education teachers. We will continue to dialogue and we seek any suggestions you may have. If you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, please use this Google Doc http://bit.ly/1xPaQ04. To access this Google Doc you must be in the marsd.org browser.

Reminders:


  • Please dont' hesitate to email great happenings from your classroom to include in the principal's report
  • If you are close to completing your SGO don't forget to upload to Teachscape and submit to whomever collected your SGO in the fall.
  • In addition, review your PGP and start filling out your evidence for meeting those goals as well.
  • PARCC EOY rosters and rooms will be the same as the PBA

EDCAMP JERSEY SHORE

I am proud to be part of the planning of Edcamp Jersey Shore. It will take place on August 28, 2015 at Middletown High School South. More details to come shortly. You can follow on twitter @edcampnjshore

Important Upcoming Dates

April 22: Mandatory Training for EOY

April 23: Faculty Night: Spring Musical

April 24-26: Spring Musical

April 28-29: Master Teacher Academy at HS

May 15: SGO's should be completed and scored

May 19: Band Concert (6th/7th)

May 20: Band Concert (8th)

MAMS

"TO TRANSFORM SCHOOLS SUCCESSFULLY, WE NEED TO NAVIGATE THE DIFFICULT SPACE BETWEEN LETTING GO OF OLD STRATEGIES AND GRABBING ON TO NEW ONES"

---ROBERT JOHN MEEHAN