Roberts Middle School
Aviator Agenda: April 11-15
Narrow the Focus
Did you know that the brain and the nervous system respond best when the eyes focus on the smallest possible target? It is true in virtually every sport. That is why coaches teach basketball players to look, not at the backboard, or even the rim, but at the net loop in back of the rim. In football, coaches teach quarterbacks to aim, not at the receiver but at his hands. The smaller the target, the sharper the athlete’s focus, the better his concentration, and the better the results. When an athlete locks his eyes and mind onto a small target, the ball naturally tends to follow.
We will be receiving the data from the mock test this week. It is important that we utilize this large piece of information to help us accurately identify our targets. This data must have a key role in how we revise and focus our small group. By narrowing our focus and understanding our target for each student, we can make a big impact over the next four weeks.
Thank you for being the best teachers in the district. Other schools are noticing the talent that we have here at Roberts. I am proud to announce that two of our teachers were chosen to be peer facilitators at other schools in the district. It is a huge loss for our Roberts family, but a gain for our PISD Middle School Family. Keep cultivating a growth mindset and see were it takes you!
INTRODUCING THE NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR
INTRODUCING THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
HOW SHOULD I PLAN THIS WEEK FOR INSTRUCTION
SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION
How do we get better at small group instruction?
- It starts with us, the teacher led group in the blended model. We need to make sure that we are increasing the rigor of instruction in our small group.
What does increasing rigor look like.
- This means providing our students more of a challenging and meaningful learning environment. We want to create a small group environment where students are thinking critically and actively employing problem solving skills. We need to allow our students the opportunity to struggle in their learning.
How do you support this necessary struggle to take your student further than ever?
- This can only happen if we preplan our questions. At times, we let our students off the hook by supplying the answer too quickly. One of the tools we can implement within our small groups is to check for understanding. Understanding is best gauged through a written answer. Written responses give teachers an objective framework for understanding when to move on and when to reteach.
What will we be looking for:
- Give students the opportunity to struggle
- Preplan questions and sentence stems
- Check for understanding through writing
WOULD YOU BE SURPRISED TO FIND
THERE'S A STORY GOIN' ON BEHIND THE SCENES?
HISTORY AND READING SIMPLY NEED EACH OTHER
TEACHERS WHO STAY POSITIVE... GOOD THINGS AND GOOD TEACHERS WILL BE DRAWN TO YOU
UNTIL THE JOURNEY IN EDUCATION OPENS THE NEXT DOOR FOR YOU, ENJOY FRIENDSHIP IN THE HALLWAYS
THESE TWO SCIENCE TEACHERS FOUND THE ONE WHO KEEPS THE SCHOOL AFLOAT
TIME DECIDES WHO YOU MEET IN LIFE;
BEHAVIOR DECIDES WHO WILL STAY IN YOUR LIFE
HARD WORK BEATS TALENT ANY DAY
TWO OF THE BEST ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS IN THE DISTRICT AND THIS IS THEIR FIRST YEAR!
MONDAY: Astros Day (JEANS AND ASTROS SHIRTS)
- 8:15-12:15 6th Reading/5th Science Mock STAAR Data PLC
- 12:15-4:15 6th Math Mock STAAR PLC
- 12:53-1:53 6th Grade Science PLC
- 1:00-3:30 Athletic Physicals
- 2:57-3:55 5th Grade Reading PLC
- 6th Grade Fine Arts DT Draft
- 6th Grade Social Studies DT Draft
- 6th Grade Science DT Draft
- Due: 3 Week Progress Report Grades
TUESDAY: Librarian’s Day
- 10:15-11:13 6th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 12:53-1:51 5th Grade Social Studies PLC
- 3 Week Progress Reports Go Home
- Dietz's Baby Shower
- Math Academy - 6th Grade
- 5th Grade Science Mock Data with Denise Ridgway
- 7:30-8:15 Team Leader Meeting
- 3:30-4:00 Honor Roll Celebration
- 5th Science & 6th Math/Reading Incentive