The Elementary IDSS News

Issue #14, March 15th, 2019

The following is a true story from a Lakeville . . . . .

. . . . . first grade classroom. After listening to his teacher review the morning's expectations, a first grader asked his teacher, "Who pays you to be so bossy?"
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Strategies and Tools you can use - Movement Activity

In a Lakeville elementary phy ed class, I saw the following warm-up activity: It was a traditional warm-up relay race, but with a twist. On the far side of the gym, each team had a box of puzzle pieces. One student would race down, grab a puzzle piece and return that to his/her waiting team members who were busy putting the puzzle together. The next team member would run down and grab another piece, and so on. The first team to complete the puzzle won the game. Engagement and motivation was through the roof and there was no wait time.

In a literacy classroom, I've seen similar games where one student at a time runs across the room to grab one word of a scrambled sentence that ties into a content area. The students waiting for their turn help unscramble the words to make a coherent sentence. Engagement, engagement, engagement.

Click on the link below if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of movement in the classroom.

Letting kids move in class isn't a break from learning. It IS learning.

MCA Test - Bang for your Buck

We are approaching our favorite time of the year: MCA Test season. Here is a break down of what you can expect for questions in the Math strands on the test. When looking at where your students are currently performing, and where you want to make sure you give them a little extra instruction, you might consider this information.
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TDE/QComp Day on April 1st, 2019

Each individual building will be creating the schedule for this day. During your personal work time, your PLC may decide to meet and analyze student data. Remember to refer to the rubric and questions within the Professional Learning Community Reflection as you work on this section. Your PLC will collaborate together to reflect on the work that has been accomplished throughout the year. However, as you describe the professional growth that you have made through the work of your PLC, this would be personalized to include a reflection for just yourself and your growth. We are here to support you and your work on this day; please reach out and let us know what questions you might have (or to schedule your second observation).
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As always, how can we help you and your students?

Michelle - LVE & LME

Janet - OHE & EVE

Bethany - IA@OLE & CVE

Bob - CHE & JFK

P.S. Check out the 'Primary Jungle' that was found in a

Lakeville primary hallway recently. Cheers.

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