Beating the Odds
Lakeview Staff Newsletter - Early August 2018
Did someone say "August"???
A school building in Summer is really too quiet. The hum of learning is replaced by an other-worldly landscape of boxes and bookshelves in hallways, just waiting to be used again by teachers and students alike. But there is a subtle beauty in the mess. Thanks to Jeff and his crew, Lakeview is on its way to shining like it did 60 years ago.
Two Summer Institutes
A few weeks later, Beth and Joe hosted an early elementary math workshop with their UWM colleagues. The focus was on the trajectories for counting, addition, and subtraction. This workshop really broke apart the discrete skills that go into something that sounds as simple as "counting". I got this book as a great parting gift as well (another Wheel of Fortune reference).
When can I get into my room?
Please note - student registration days are August 8 and 14. Election day is August 14. The district remains closed on Fridays through August 17th.
Week of August 27
Articles that made me think lately
"At high levels [of curiosity], the achievement gap associated with poverty was essentially closed," Shah says. That finding hints that promoting inquisitive thinking could reduce differences in school performance related to socioeconomic disadvantage.
"Collective teacher efficacy is beyond three times more powerful and predictive than socioeconomic status." (Collective teacher efficacy is a fancy way of saying "We can handle anything that comes our way" ~ Chris)
"To tackle poverty and educational issues, programs need to focus on providing access to food, housing, education and health care - all necessary to thrive - and not the potential inadequacies of parents."
Wisconsinite and literacy crusader Pernille Ripp says this in a barnburner of an article:
"How about instead of pretending that everything is under the control of teachers, we actually realized that the very best classrooms are those where students share the control and thus have to invest to actually learn?"
The title sounds worse than it is ... What I wonder is where we all fall on these different charts, because we are all leaders.