Joseph Rogers Primary School
January 19, 2016
The Fundamental 5...week 2
The Fundamental 5 is as follows
- Frame the Lesson
- Work in the Power Zone
- Frequent, Small-Group, Purposeful Talk about the Learning
- Recognize and Reinforce
- Write Critically
This week is all about working in the "Power Zone".
Simply put, the Power Zone is teaching or monitoring in close proximity to one student, or a small group of students, or the entire classroom full of students.
Basically, you are wherever the students are!
Three Positive Outcomes of working in the power zone.
On task behaviors increase
Discipline issues decrease
Student retention of the content increases
The three most common places teachers teach from worst to best.
- From the teachers work area (desk or computer area)
- The Lecture Position – aka the “Sage on the Stage” at the front center of the room or the side of the room
- The “Power Zone” – Right in the middle of the action!
It is up to you to decide what is important to you. Is it important that you are sitting down and checking emails or having students line up at your desk with their work or is student learning your most desirable outcome? If learning is the outcome then work in the power zone!
If you are working in the power zone then you will be able to
- Address unwanted behavior immediately
- Manage transitions
- Connect with students personally
- Show genuine interest
- Promote equitable learning
- Build rapport faster
- Monitor and adjust personal instruction
- Answer Questions
- Provide immediate feedback
- Differentiate when needed
- Provide clarification
I truly believe that every single person in this school wants students to learn, are we all willing to be up and working the Power Zone to increase our students achievement.
Let's make this a week of consciously working the "Power Zone",
Health Inspector visited us on Thursday. Our cafeteria once again scored a perfect 100! Our school score was a 99. Both are great scores for a great school!
A Writing Focus
Huge shout out to Mr. Williams, Mr. Meade, and Mr. Miller. These guys were trained in the SRSD writing process and are implementing this with their first grade Tier I students in their Walk to Learn group.
6 Minute Solutions
We are making a conscious effort to work on fluency with our students. Second grade teachers and assistants met during collaborative on Friday to discuss 6 minute solutions and how it is different from the weekly cold reads and how the process builds fluency with all our students. It is amazing how willing everyone is to do what is best for our students. I am so appreciative that you make it a priority and am also appreciative that Regina Russell and Susan Seals led the discussions and teachers and assistants see the importance of building this skill with our students.
A Writing Focus
6 Minute Solutions
Calendar of Events
fun times at jrp
January 21 - faculty meeting
January 24-30 - School Board Appreciation Week
January 26-27 - Lori at Principal's Academy
January 27 - 100th day of school
February 3 - 4.5 meetings during planning
February 9 - Coffee with the counselor (topic - attendance)
February 9 or 10 - Monitoring in cafeteria
February 11 - Progress Reports
February 12 - popcorn and drink and JRP shirt
66% of our staff has completed the courses on My Benefits Channel. You have until April to complete these courses.
Glad to see teachers still having fun with students when we have to play inside. Kids need the free time daily and its nice to see teachers enjoying some down time too!
Amazing Health Scores
The Health Inspector visited us on Thursday. Our cafeteria once again scored a perfect 100! Our school score was a 99. Both are great scores for a great school!
- Kid President