Week of June 15-22


As we celebrate the end of school, use this quote as a reflection tool. The work that we do each year doesn't really have a conclusion as your students will continue to use the knowledge, skills, and more importantly the inspiration you have provided for a lifetime

Our Final List of Collective Commitments

Outstanding job on creating this list. My contacts from Solution Tree (the PLC people) think they are fantastic. We will work over the summer on creating signs to post around the school.

  1. We will provide opportunities for students to develop academic and life skills necessary to make responsible choices, develop independence, and act respectfully and collaboratively
  2. We will provide a supportive school atmosphere where everyone feels emotionally, physically, and intellectually safe while acting with integrity, respect, and honesty
  3. We will make sure to be a voice and advocate for students
  4. We will treat each student as I would want myself and/or my own child treated
  5. We will model compassion and enthusiasm everyday to motivate my students
  6. We will provide positive reinforcement; more than redirecting a student, and on a continuous basis to help reinforce appropriate behaviors
  7. We will find and focus on the strengths/positives of my students to build a positive atmosphere for learning



This Edudemic article provides five great ways to teach digital citizenship during the first five days of school. With the onset of 1:1, just like with any other class activity, teaching the expected behaviors is important for success:

10 Places to Go with Gmail

Teacher Stephen Rocco shares how having Gmail makes accessiing applications easier. Here is a list of ten:

Using Learning Menus to offer Student Choice

This Teaching Channel Video will share how to use Learning menus to differentiate instruction/assessments.

Creating PDPs--Due June 23rd

When creating PDPs, please keep mind these three points:

  1. one area derived from the results of the teacher’s most recent annual performance evaluation;
  2. one area aligned to the teacher’s role as a member of a professional learning team, as appropriate; and
  3. one area aligned with school or district improvement goals, as appropriate.

Try to create professional development plans that meet your individual goals as it pertains to your content and pedagogy. You don't need to score less than a three in a component for it to be an area of focus.

As it pertains to your evaluations you might consider:

  • Designing Tiered Instruction/Assessments (1e, 1c, 1e, 1f, 3c, 3d)
  • Increasing student engagement by providing choice (1b, 1e,1f, 3c, 3d)
  • Utilize project based learning to increase engagement (1a, 1c, 1e, 1f, 2b, 3c, 3d),
  • Designing clear criteria for all assessments and empowering students to assist with criteria (1e, 3d)

As it pertains to a professional learning community you might:

  • work with content partners to analyze common assessments utilizing data to adjust instruction (see link below)
  • work with content partners to devise project based learning lessons with plans to implement at least one per month
  • work with grade level to create monthly themes to be used in all content areas or for grade level activities
  • work with content partners to create tiered lessons/assessments

As it pertains to school or district goals:

  • With the onset of 1:1 ratio for computers to students, school goal will be increased use of Google apps for education with a strong focus on utilizing google classroom
  • Another school goal will be the reduction in paper use with the 1:1 initiative. The number of copies is astronomical. The month of April; alone, we made over 80,000 copies. While we won't be paperless, we will look to get close
  • Reduction in discipline and a focus on increased implementation of PBS

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Co-Teaching and it's effect on 2015-16 schedule

In order to satisfy our implementation of quality co-teaching it is important to understand that co-teachers will need to teach sections on both teams. This is to avoid having one team labeled as the special education team and one labeled the honors team. We are all in agreement this would not be a good practice. To accomplish this ICR co-teaching pairs have to teach a section on each team. In addition, general education teachers will also have to teach a section on both teams, as well. As stated, we can keep the students on one team.

Important Upcoming Dates

June 23: Individual PDPs for 15-16 due

June 25: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ Brookdale

EDCAMP JERSEY SHORE--Registration Link Below

I am proud to be part of the planning of Edcamp Jersey Shore. It will take place on August 28, 2015 at Middletown High School South. More details to come shortly. You can follow on twitter @edcampnjshore To register click this link: