The Bruin Blast
Labor Omnia Vincit
Week of October 19-23
Review the Habits of Mind
Blanton's Focus Corner
Have a great week of teaching and learning and remember that you choosing to be at BLANTON was the first step to CHANGE the future of all of our SCHOLARS, and for that I am truly grateful!!!!
Message from School Leadership
A couple of EDs have asked about PD Days vs Teacher Work days since the calendar is not extremely clear. I followed up with Sherry West Christian and she informed me that PD Days and Teacher Work days are scheduled as follows:
October 19, 2015
November 9, 2015
January 4, 2015
Teacher Work Days:
January 5, 2016
June 3, 2016
Director, Office of the Chief of School Leadership
Dallas Independent School District, School Leadership
Focus of the WEEK
- Curriculum Alignment: Beginning with the end in Mind
- DOLs: Plan on sharing your DOL with Administrators and Coaches)
Week at a Glance
Tuesday, October 20th
Wednesday, October 21st
Thursday, October 22nd
Friday, October 23rd
· Quick Check or 3rd 6 weeks assessment
Monday's Grade Level Meeting
Meeting Location: Bruins Cave
Data Digs: Quick Check Data
Small Groups: Discuss student tiers
Review of Action Steps: First SIx Weeks Common Assessments
Parent Conferences: Expectations
Look what we saw this week!!!
Guidelines for Word Walls (High-Frequency Words)
- Write words in large print and include a picture (black letters on a light background)
- Introduce 5-8 words each week (dependent upon grade level)
- Include high-frequency words that reflect student writing
- Include words encountered during read alouds
Guidelines for Academic Word Walls:
- Include content-area words
- Use words taught in themes or units
- Word Walls should be interactive! Use chants and games to actively engage students and reinforce their word knowledge.
Word Walls can also be portable
- File folders, wire hangers with butcher paper
2-5 Math Teachers,
For the last 3 weeks we have focused on the development on the Process Standards through the Quality Work Criteria. This tool allows students to see five different ways on how they can show their work, developing critical thinking through justifying their processes in different ways.
This following week, and for the remainder of the 6 weeks period, we will analyze the Tasks we give our students using the Task Analysis Guide below.
On our PD day on Monday, we will learn how to analyze tasks and put it in practice for the ones you have planned to implement next week.
Remember that it is a on-going process, and we are learning how to close the gap from Lower-Level Demands to Higher-Level Demands in our instructional practice.
Below you will see the Task Analysis Guide, feel free to be proactive and start categorizing the activities you have planned for next week. You will be able to download it by clicking on the title.
Have a great weekend!
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