Word of the Year
Reflecting on 2015, I think I made my word proud. I found JOY in the teachers that I collaborated with throughout the county. I found JOY in guiding my teenage daughters into adulthood ...(well most of the time). Did I ever forget about my word? Yes, I did. Sometimes I got sidetracked for weeks! But it was always in the back of my mind, written in the margin of a notebook or hanging on the wall to remind me-JOY. Find JOY in all you do.
So, I've been giving my new word plenty of thought. It is not something to select carelessly, this needs to guide me for 365 days! As many of you know I love to read and learn new things. I even taught myself how to knit (only a scarf so far). This year it only seems appropriate that my word is LEARN. I want to learn to listen closer, learn to slow down, learn to appreciate more, learn alongside others. LEARN to learn and think. I've added it to the top of my newsletter to remind me every month, just in case I get sidetracked.
I'd love to know if any of you pick a word for the year. Please share with me the next time I see you!
Connecting Teachers Across the County
Tim Gebhardt, 7th grade ELA teacher at SHMS develops an anchor chart to break down standard RI 7.3 with his class. I am sure many of you are analyzing standards with your students on a daily basis. Using an anchor chart is one way to make learning more concrete. When you teach that standard again, you can refer to the anchor chart, connecting new learning to previous learning. Tim also revisits previously taught standards on Thursdays using a game like exit ticket called Throwback Thursday. Students are excited to prove their learning by answering a quick question that assesses their understanding of a standard taught earlier in the year. Throwback Thursday is a quick, easy and fun way to gather student data.
Spotlight on Strategy- HINT CARDS
Ever heard of hint cards? They are cards that contain instructional procedures and examples for tasks or skills that the students should know how to do but might have forgotten. Hint cards allow students to work independently and reserve the teacher’s time for working with other students. Hint cards may be posted on a hint board or kept in the back of a notebook in a pocket. Hint cards are a form of scaffolding to support independent learning. Think of if as referring back to a recipe, we all need a hint every once in awhile!
Start the new year off right by planning together during the co-teaching drop-in-night . Please drop in on January 25th from 4:00-6:30 in the PD lab. Hope to see you there!