Bear Notes-Wk 34 May 2 - 6

Serving kids. Growing scholars.

Note from the principal...


This week our topic from the Dimensions Guide focuses on Quality Feedback which include indicators such as Scaffolding, Feedback loops, Prompting thought processes, Providing information and Encouragement and affirmations.

Concept Development

What is it?

Children learn the most when they are consistently given feedback that expands their knowledge or builds on their performance of a task. Feedback works best when it helps children to refine their knowledge and gets them to understand how they come up with their ideas, rather than simply focusing on getting the right answer. Effective feedback provides children with specific, expansive information, related to their work or something they said, that helps them reach a deeper understanding of concepts than they could get on their own

This dimension also aligns to TEI Domain 2 Instruction an Delivery and Doman 3 Classroom Culture.

Why is it important?

Effective feedback helps children obtain a deeper understanding of concepts and provides motivation for children to stay engaged in, and get the most from, lessons and activities. By intentionally looking for every occasion to provide meaningful feedback to children, teacher create many more learning opportunities throughout the day.

How can I improve the quality of feedback I provide?

Focus on the process of learning. - When children give correct answers, use this as an opportunity to create a learning moment by asking follow-up questions such as, "How did you know that?" or "How did you figure that out?"

Scaffold learning. - If a child is having a hard time understanding a concept or coming up with an answer, provide hints to help her get to the answer rather than just telling her or moving to another child. For example, you may begin by asking a child an open-ended question related to a topic. If he doesn't respond clarify the concept and give him a range of possible answers or things to think about, if he is till unable to answer, try simplifying your questioning to something more concrete, like a yes or no question, to support the child in responding.

Provide specific information about why answers are correct or incorrect. - Rather than telling children "nice job" or "good work" give them specific information about why their answers are correct or incorrect. This not only provides the child with more information, but it also may help other children who weren't sure of the correct answer.

Engage in 'feedback loops". - Some of the best feedback occurs when teachers as a series of follow-up questions to elicit a deeper understanding from children. After a child responds, ask another question of that child or of the whole class. Keep this conversational "feedback loop" going until you are sure children really understand what you are trying to teach.

Give lots of specific feedback. - Always be on the lookout for opportunities to provide feedback to children. Walk around the classroom when children are working independently. Take the time to listen and respond in a thoughtful way to shat children have to say during group lessons.

Encourage children to persist in their work. - Recognize and praise children's effort and encourage them to persist in thinking about something or completing a task. For example, you might say to children who are working on a project together, "I see how hard you guys are working. With teamwork, I know you guys will be able to finish it. Call me over if you need any help!"

Next week... Language Modeling.


As we celebrate Teacher/Staff Appreciate week please know that you guys are the heart and soul of Brashear. And since there are really no words to express my gratitude for all the hard work and dedication shown each day for kids, I am simply going to say... Thank you!


Happy Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

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Summer Professional Development


This Friday, May 6th the summer PD catalog will open. Please check your email for the forms you will need to submit. Both forms will be due Friday, May 27th.

On the form titled


You will see the campus priorities. Please align your summer learning opportunities to these priorities. Even though you may not have your summative score you may still sign up for classes. In rare cases there may need to be minor adjustments made to your choices. Please be reminded that there is a 3.5 hour required course that all teachers must sign up for: Domain 1 - Rigor Through the Lens of the TEKS. Since all teachers are required to take the course you might want to sign up for it on Friday to beat the rush.

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JTB meet the newest bear... Jake Ryan Roy born Friday, April 28th...7 pounds and 20.5" long.

SLO's and Peer Observations


It's about that time to start thinking SLO's and Peer Observations! You don't want to wait until the last minute.

Deadline for 2nd Semester Peer Observations -

Friday, May 20th

Deadline for SLO Completion -

Wednesday, May 13th (Revised date)

Deadline for Scoring SLO -

Thursday, May 19th

Administrative PLC's on hold until further notice!

Administrative PLC have been a vital part of our success this school year. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who help make them possible.

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ms. DeCuire and her family in the loss of her beloved uncle.

Upcoming Events

May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week

Mon., May 2nd - PD Grade Level Planning 3:45 - 4:30 (Team leader classroom - Agenda and sign-in sheet required)

Thu., May 5th - Spring Program 6:30 - 7:30 (Auditorium)

Fri., May 6th - Lunch Provided

Fri., May 6th - Jeans Friday - (Free for all)

Fri., May 6th - ESTAR/MSTAR EOY Window closes

Fri., May 6th - STAAR Parade 2:00 (check email from Ms. McCraney for more details)

Sat., May 7th - Job Fair 9:00 - 11:00 (Conrad HS)

Sun., May 8th - Mother's Day

Mon., May 9th - STAAR Testing Grades 3 and 4 Math; Grade 5 Math (2nd Administration/

Mon., May 9th - NO PD

Mon., May 9th - Grade 5 Picnic/Science Lesson - (Park)

Tue., May 10th - STAAR Testing Grades 3 and 4 Reading; Gr. 5 Reading (2nd Administration)

Wed., May 11th - STAAR Testing Grade 5 Science

Wed., May 11th - EOY DRA Data due

Fri., May 13th - SLO Completion Due

Fri., May 13th - Cinco de Mayo Luncheon (tentative date)

Fri., May 20th - Peer Observation Due

Fri, May 27th - Summer Learning Forms Due COB

Fri., May 27th - Blackout date

Mon., May 30th - Memorial Day - No School

Tue., May 31st - Blackout date

Wed., Jun. 1st - Field Day - 3-5 8:30 - 11:30

Thu., Jun. 2nd - Field Day - K-2 8:30 - 11:30

Thu., Jun. 2nd - Last day for Scholars

Fri., Jun. 3rd - Last day for Teachers

Jacquelyn Burden - Principal

Affirmation of the Week - I align my thoughts with the truth.

Quote of the Week - "The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."

Henry Ward Beecher