Cool Cat News
As we begin another week with the Cool Cats and continue our study on The Fundamental Five, many of you have said writing seed questions is a goal you have. At the International Literacy Association Conference this summer, I had the opportunity to attend one of Alfie Kohn's sessions "Who's Asking?" Kohn discussed that guiding students through the process of questioning is not a technique that can be stapled onto existing pedagogy, nor is it something that teachers can be trained to master during in-service day. It requires a continual focus on creating a classroom that is about thinking rather than just about absorbing information. Deep questions help kids stay curious, grow increasingly resourceful at figuring things out, and become active meaning makers. This year, we will focus on how we can use questioning to help our students become better thinkers. "Every time we ask students, 'What was the name of the town in which the characters in this story lived?' we have less time for questions like 'Why do you you think the characters never left home?" Alfie Hohn
Elementary Balanced Literacy Plan
Wylie ISD is providing a 3 hour course for any elementary teacher (including grades 3 & 4) that haven’t given DRA/EDL before or who need more in-depth instruction. The training will be September 10th from 11:30-2:30 at the ESC. Teachers can enroll in Workshop.
All K-2 teachers will be receiving the book “The Next Step in Guided Reading” by Jan Richardson as a guidebook for guided reading. This is a wonderful tool that explicitly describes classroom implementation and best practices.
We have set our training dates and times for the next round phase of our balanced literacy implementation.
Phase 2 training will include the following topics:
Organizing reading instructional time to include grade-level instruction, guided reading, literacy stations, and targeted intervention Brief review on giving DRA with fidelity How to enter scores into Aware Components of guided reading lesson plans (based on the Jan Richardson book) Overview of designing effective literacy stations
Phase 2 training dates: September 14 - target audience: Kindergarten teachers, 7:45-10:45 or 12:00-3:00 September 15 – target audience: 1st grade teachers, 7:45-10:45 or 12:00-3:00 September 17 – target audience: 2nd grade reading teachers, 7:45-10:45, 12:00-3:00
Science Fair We will be conducting two science fair informational meetings. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will meet on Thursday, September 3 from 3:00-4:00 PM at the ESC. Grades K-2 will meet on Tuesday, September 8 from 3:00-4:00 PM at the ESC.
PDAS: A couple of dates to remember in regards to PDAS are as follows:Sept. 14th – Deadline for Teacher Self Report forms – Part one to be completed. Sept. 14th – Appraisal period begins. Oct. 2nd – All PPR/PDAS conferences completed.
9/9- Grandparents Breakfast 6:45am; RTI Meeting Grades 3&4 2:55-4:00
9/10 PLCS; Title 1 Parent Night 5:15-6:00pm & 6:00-6:45pm
9/11 #hartmanpride peprally 1:45 in the Cafeteria 50's Theme, Dress up!
Keep Writing Cool Cats!
Brain breaks will help keep kids sharp! I loved watching Drum Fit this week! If you are wanting some ideas please see Coach Haskins.
The Cool Cats are proud of their writing! I love to read their writing. They are welcome to come by the office to share.