K-2 Wing Newsletter
September 7-11, 2015
Feedback from Walk Throughs with Ms. Gittens
This week, Ms. Gittens and I walked through each classroom in our wing. There are a few things we noticed through the entire wing. Please review the feedback below. We will be making changes to improve our practice and physical environment. These changes will be discussed in our team meetings.
1- As a wing, the culture is much more positive!
2- Daily schedules are posted.
3- Hallway bathroom routines and procedures are in place to maximize instructional time.
1- Before beginning an activity, remember to CHAMP it out. One teacher in the wing was observed using this strategy. Remember to refer to CHAMPS during the lesson and/or activity if needed.
2- Classroom libraries need to be more inviting and labeled. I will be ordering baskets for your leveled libraries. This year, libraries will be leveled using Fontas and Pinnell and Lexile. More information will be forthcoming in your planning meetings.
3- During any down time, scholars need to be reading. Books scholars are able to read should be readily available in the totes on the desk groupings. Early finishers can get a book from their table's basket to read.
4- Overall, I can statements are restatements of the standard and are not kid-friendly. In some classrooms, the I can statement did not match the standard.
5- Student work was not posted in all classrooms.
Adding to your Teacher Toolbox
This is just another way to establish behavioral expectations with an acronym. Just another resource to add to your toolbox.
Ways to Solve Math Problems
This anchor chart demonstrates a great way to display the strategies you teach your scholars. Consider creating an anchor charts for your scholars to refer to when solving problems.
This anchor chart displays the 3 ways to make connections when reading. When you are reading, ask scholars to relate the text to themselves, to another story or text they've read and to the world around them. These strategies help make reading more meaningful.
Ways to Solve Math Problems
Important Dates to Remember
Sept. 7: Labor Day- No School!
Sept. 8: Substitute binders due (refer to the handbook for specific pieces needed)
Sept. 10: Science and S.S. Common Assessments due to Dean Blair for review
Sept. 14-16: 2nd grade NWEA testing
Social Studies and Science Common Assessments administered
Sept. 15-22: Formative Observations; If you haven't scheduled your observation, please
do so. The sign up sheet is located in my mailbox outside of my office door.
Sept. 18: Social Studies and Science Common Assessment Data due to Dean Blair
Sept. 25: Progress reports go home with scholars.
Quarter 2 scope and sequence due
Oct. 1: End of quarter 1
Oct. 5: Report Cards to be finalized