Friday Focus-Admin Style

11-8-13

Quote for the Week

"It's not teaching, if there's no learning..."



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Looking Forward-Things You Need to Know

11/11-Holiday! Don't you just Love November? Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner!

11/12-Skyline Walkthrough (Team 1)

11/12- ELD Job Alike

11/13- Dream Box Professional Development 8:00-12:00 Grades 3-6; 12:00-3:00 Grades K-2; 3:30-4:30 Administrators-Board Room (Bring your LapTop)

11/13- Solana Santa Fe Walkthrough (Team 2)

11/14- Solana Pacific Walkthrough (Team 3)

11/15-Negotiations


EduAwesome Drops in Our Bucket...

*Congratulations to Terri Davis and the CC Staff! Administrative Team #1 had a FABULOUS Walkthrough on Wednesday! Boy, you can really see the focused effort on implementation of the Common Core Shifts! The staff is really working hard to "make the shift" in their lesson design, use of manipulatives and questioning strategies! It was easy to answer the proverbial question: "Who's doing the work?" CC students are working hard! (well...so are the teachers-but you know what I mean!!)

*Hooray to Lisa Platt and the SV Staff! Administrative Team #2 had an AWESOME Walkthrough on Thursday! Again, strong evidence of Common Core alignment and teachers "shifting" their instruction! But, the BIG AHA for the day was the "New and Improved" Push-In model of Intervention-and the deliberate Professional Development being given to the Instructional Aides-WOW! I can't wait to have Susanna Baum share the planning, the implementation process and the overall model of instruction with the other ELD teachers next week!

*A big Thank You to Terry Decker, Monica and Melani for "holding down the fort" while I was on my vacation! What a wonderful and relaxing time!

*Fun, Fun, Fun for Stephan and Elisa who headed up to 6th Grade Camp-Rumor has it, they didn't want to come back!

Video of the Week

Blogs, Tweets and Pins-Our Very Own PLN

5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in Your Classroom

If students are "off task," the problem may be with the task, not with the kids...What really keeps students engaged?


Final Thoughts to Ponder...

Student's wish: "Just tell us where you want us to go, & let each of us get there in our own way." Marc Prensky

hmmm...thinking that the same could be said for teachers and administrators...just pondering...