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See the Good. See the Need. See the Whole. See the Possible.

Of everything I have read on Twitter recently, this article is my absolute favorite. I really hope you will take the time to read it. I believe these words carry tremendous power when we consider how to meet the needs of every child, every day.

Walkthrough Focus

Last week, we started our classroom walkthroughs. As an instructional leadership team, Tonya, Jennifer and I hope to be in classrooms every single day. Between the 3 of us, we hope to be in every classroom, every week. These are challenging goals, but we are dedicated to carving out the time to make that happen. As we spend time in your classrooms, we will have an intentional focus each week. In addition to that focus however, will be the underlying message we hope to send: we appreciate you and know that the most important work that is accomplished on our campus takes place in your classrooms. We want to support you in your efforts to create meaningful learning experiences for each of your students. Our focus for the next several weeks will be enriched environments. I have been busy tweeting examples of enriched environments that I have seen. Thank you for all you are doing to provide our students with enriched learning environments.

Enriched Environments

Enriched environments--over time increase the brain’s ability to connect, communicate internally and to learn

Impoverished environment--have the opposite effect – they shrink the brain’s ability to connect and communicate and limit learning potential

Enriched looks like...

Attractive

•Colors that pop

•Organized

•Not too visually stimulating

•Bulletin boards should serve dual purpose—colorful but also with a message

Neat, clean, easy to maneuver



Engaging

•Students on task

•Students working independently

•Interactive activities

•Working with teammates or partners




Changing

•Anchor charts, etc.

•Needs to show different areas of learning

•Should show growth

•Areas should be organized and changed as needed if you see any problems



Sends a Message

•Anchor charts for students to use to lead and guide their learning

•People (visitors) know what learning is taking place and why kids are in charge of their learning

•Learning is obvious through the work that is displayed

•Student centered

•Shows what is important

Upcoming Dates

August 5: Principal Assemblies--I will introduce myself to students and finish by showing the PBIS video that goes over our SPP rules.


  • Kindergarten: 8:00-8:25
  • 1st grade: 8:30-8:55
  • 2nd grade 9:00-9:30


August 5: I will be off campus from 1:00-3:00 for a meeting regarding our school device pilot--I will have lots to share when I get back!


August 6: Grade Level PLC team meetings


August 12-13: New Teacher Induction at West Pine Middle School--8:30-3:45


August 13: Grade Level Collaborative Planning Meetings (YR)


August 14: School-Based New Teacher Orientation--8:30-3:45


August 14: Year Round School Year Kickoff with Dr. Grimesey at 3:45--@ SPP


August 18: Traditional Staff Returns


August 18: Area Kick-off Celebration with Dr. Grimesey @ PHS--8:30-9:30 am


August 20: Back to School Night (TR)--4:30-5:45


August 22: Full Staff Meeting--9:30-10:30


August 22: MCS District Digital Learning Conference (More information coming)--12:30-3:30



September 8: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for STEAM lab