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Asking Questions Increases Higher Order Thinking

After attending last week's Mentor & Mentee meeting, Mrs. Dreeszen created this bulletin board to help her students write and answer questions at the different levels of thinking. Higher order thinking is more than memorizing facts. Higher order thinking increases inferencing, making connections, and applying knowledge. Parents can also encourage higher order thinking at home with the help of these question starters.

Teacher Leadership and Compensation Team

The Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools have taken part in the state of Iowa's initiative to improve student achievement by providing support for teachers through a teacher leadership team. Teachers provide support to each other through observations, discussions, and professional development. The teachers continue to work together at Mentor and Mentee Meetings to find effective ways to improve teaching, lessons, and student achievement. Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire teachers have been working this first semester on sharing and displaying standards and benchmarks, formative assessments, and questioning.

GTRA High School Physics

For his physics class, Mr. Benedict set up a course for students to roll a bowling ball through. Students learned about force and motion as they changed the direction and speed of the bowling bowl. Watch the video below to see the experiment.
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GTRA Algebra 1 -- Ratios and Proportions Project

A project enjoyed by the students in Mr. Harder's Algebra 1 class was to design creations that were in proportional scale to the actual object. The objectives met with this project included: Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems, solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, and understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle. Congratulations to the students on a job well done!
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Teach Like A Pirate Book Study

A group of Graettinger-Terril middle school and high school teachers gathers every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM to discuss ideas from the book "Teach Like a Pirate" by Dave Burgess. This book offers inspiration, techniques, and ideas that help to increase student engagement and boost creative teaching. "Like pirating, teaching is an adventure full of challenges and excitement. The way you approach your adventure can mean the difference between being shipwrecked on Burnout Island or finding buried treasure." -Dave Burgess.