Meanwhile, it's hard to believe that we are already at the end of September. It really has been a great start to the year, and things are moving, aren't they? I was talking to someone last week who made the observation that after the first few days back from the summer it feels like we never left. That's actually a good thing. Our students thrive on consistency, and as I visit classrooms it's clear that you are working your hardest to keep them engaged. And while they might not thank you with words, their actions this first three weeks say it. Students are on task, active in their learning, and putting forth an effort that shows just how much they value your role in their lives. Keep the students engaged and provide them some choice and great things will happen. Also, do me a favor this week; Please share with me the great things you are doing with your colleagues. I want to let the entire school community know the great things that are going on in this building. Join me in telling our school's story!
Calendar (AKA Where Will Tim Be This Week?)
- HSA Meeting, 6:30 PM, MS Library
Tuesday, Sept. 29:
- ELA Subject Area Team Meeting for 7th and 8th grade, after school
Wednesday, Sept. 30:
- Act With Respect Always, 6th (8:35-9:40) 7th (10:45-11:50) 8th (12:40-1:45), LGI
- District Technology Planning Committee, 8:00-3:00, HS LGI
Thursday, Oct. 1:
- XFactor Organizational Mtg, 2:10, Main Office Conf. Room
Links that Spoke to Me This Week:
- Strategies for Reaching Apathetic Students - An easy read from Edutopia about a topic that thwarts many of us at this level
- Compassionate DIscipline: Dealing With Difficult Students - "Imagine that all your students have an invisible subtitle running along in front of them that is communicating to the adults in their lives what they really need. Everything else—the nonsense that comes out of their mouths and bodies during difficult interactions—is just noise, interference meant to get in the way of our reading and responding to their subtitle."
- Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom - What exactly is the difference between formative and summative assessment? What role does immediate feedback play in the the effectiveness of assessment? How can I change-up assessment techniques in the classroom? All good questions and all answered in this article.
Act With Respect Always Schedule
Grade 6 - 8:35 - 9:40
Grade 7 - 10:45 - 11:50
Grade 8 - 12:40 - 1:45