September 22, 2014

Weekly Happenings - 1st Six Weeks: Week 5

Monday, Sept. 22

  • Lesson Plans Due - 8:30 a.m.
  • Admin Meeting - 8:00 a.m.
  • CILT Meeting - 3:45 p.m.
  • ALL IN LEARNING Training @ 3:50 in Library
  • Football vs. Marsh @ Franklin Field - 6:00/7:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Marsh @ Medrano - 6:00/7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

  • PLC - 7:50 in Library
  • Gutierrez - Meeting p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

  • New Teacher Academy - 3:50 -4:20 in Library

Thursday, Sept. 25

  • Elective Lesson plans draft due to Evaluator by 3:00 p.m.
  • SBDM Meeting - 3:45 in front conference room

Friday, Sept 26

  • Faculty Jeans Day w/ Spirit Shirt
  • Sigurdson - Data meeting a.m.
  • Admin Meeting - 2:00 p.m.


What do teachers do to create memorable connections?

I think it boils down to one common theme: making students feel the learning process. Great teachers guide students to connect emotionally with their learning journeys. Most importantly, teachers should foster a growth mindset within their classroom.

The growth mindset, as detailed in Carol Dweck’s work, emphasizes that intelligence can grow over time—meaning that learners can always improve. Research has shown that when students are encouraged for their efforts (“Wow, you really worked hard for that!”), they tend to put forth the effort it takes to rise to a challenge. In contrast, when students are praised for their intelligence (“You are so smart!”), they often believe their intelligence is something they cannot nurture—and that they either have what it takes or they don't.

When teachers nurture a growth mindset, students focus on the effort they put into a task rather than falling back on preconceived beliefs about their intelligence or skills. Learning happens when students push through their comfort zone. Classroom should become learning environments where students naturally apply effort and persistence to achieve.

From Education Week

Creating the Context for Growth Mindsets in the Classroom

By Elizabeth Stein

This article, by Steven C. Reinhart, promotes student engagement and sense making through the use of effective questioning techniques.

Click on the title above to access the article.


Oct. 1 - SLOs due

Oct. 3 - End of 1st Six Weeks

Oct.7 - Verify Gradebook

Oct. 13 - Parent Conferences

Oct. 13 - Issue Report Cards

Francisco Medrano Middle School - Key Actions 2014-15

1.) Create a positive culture and climate, and a safe, secure environment of school

2.) Improve the quality of instruction for LEP students

3.) Improve student achievement for all