February 8 -12, 2016
Our fabulous counselor, Lynn Bearden!
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Capturing Kids' Hearts strategies are great tools to build a community of cooperative and collaborative learners. Make sure your social contract is displayed in a prominent place. Refer to it daily. Every child's signature should be on the contract. Reteach any CKH strategies as necessary. It is important to review often expectations your class agreed to in the fall. Consider making it part of your Monday routine.
Our process champions, with the help of volunteers, have made mini posters of the 4 CKH questions for each classroom and graphic hallway expectation signs for display. Check out, too, the new suggestion box in the office.
I love to hear and see teachers and students using CKH strategies. I smile when I see students checking other students, and teachers using the time-out sign and voicing the four questions to a student who has broken the social contract. The best part about the social contract to me is that a conflict is easily handled and it does not become personal. Keep up the good work!
We want your ideas for improvement!
Suggestion Box is located on the private side of mailboxes.
Suggestions can be placed in envelopes for Process Champions to consider!
The Weekly Scoop!
Be sure to read Pam's detailed staff bulletin! Make sure you are following your displayed schedule. Schedules are not flexible!
- LISD Board of Trustee Meeting, ESC at 7:00 - JMQ UIL students will present for the following events: Storytelling, Music Memory and Spelling
- K-2 Daily 5 Training in Conference Room
- 5th Grade Math Simulation
- 5th Grade Reading Simulation
- 4th Grade Writing Simulation
- Bus evacuation drill (I will send instructions to locate video you need to show students early in the week, prior to this drill.)
- Valentine Parties: 3-5 @ 1:15, Pre-K - 2 @1:45
Simulation Tests - Important Reminders
I find this piece on creativity very interesting. How many rules do you have in your house? We had more than one, but we did raise two pretty creative sons. I have shared the article with Lucy's parents. Lots of applications here!
"One Special Teacher"
I think these 60 second videos are powerful. Please watch them! If any of you would like to make a "One Special Teacher" sixty second video, I would be glad to post it in a future Smore. It can be simply made with a phone. As you watch, please think about two things: your power to impact children in life-changing ways and the power of using video to give students voice in your classroom. I decided I would share my favorite elementary teacher with you, too. (Press the arrow to quickly get past the scary photo!) Enjoy!
Novice iPad Movie User
I once had a PE teacher in high school who would not (and I presumed could not) model anything she asked us to do. If only she had tried the maneuvers she "told" us to do on the uneven parallel bars, I might have tried harder. Set that example as the lead learner in your classroom, tackle new learning outside of your comfort zone, and your students will see you in a new light! A student-centered classroom is a team of learners of all ages!
I think this magazine goes to all the school principals. I found it has an online presence, so I thought I would share the link if you are interested.
Kellye has already sent out this link,, but in case you missed it, I wanted to share it again. Don't miss out on the valuable resources shared here, ELA teachers!
Here is the link again in case you have not completed the survey. This is for people who went through the training in August, both teachers and paras! Last day is 2-10-16! Thank you!