Week of September 22, 2014
It is that time of the year when we are in full swing. Six weeks common assessments, report cards, data teams, lesson plans, professional development and tutoring on the horizon. It seems like no matter what you do, you just can't get ahead. Every year around this time we all begin to feel overwhelmed with the amount of things that are expected of all us. I came across a quote that speaks to this. "A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner." Being a teacher or being in education for that matter, is definitely not a smooth sea. We get better by going through difficult times, by learning from those experiences and by working hard to get better for our students. When you are starting to run out of steam try this antidote.
- Do one thing with your class each week that reminds you of why you became a teacher.
- Ask your students what they are most excited to learn about outside of the classroom, and find ways to bring these into lessons.
- Keep a journal for all of the hilarious and cute comments you get from students.
- Collaborate with your colleagues and tackle a project together - maybe order pizza or Chinese on days when you have to stay late and tackle the work load together.
- Remember how amazing you are, and how much your students love you.
The payoff will not always be immediate, but you are helping change our world.
Thank you for what you do!
Social Studies Resource
All Social Studies teachers K-5 have access to this wonderful new resource. An email was sent last week on how to access it online. The great thing is that it is aligned to our standards.
All K-5 teachers should already have this great resource for use throughout your lesson. These clickers are a wonderful way to check for understanding and keeps students engaged. You can also have students fill out the bubble sheets and in an instant have scored assessments that are immediately profiled. Let us know if you are having trouble using these in your classroom.
Professional Development Monday
The TEKS resource system is a great tool to assist you in planning rigorous and aligned lessons. We will have training on Monday afterschool to help you navigate this great planning tool.
Social Studies Resource
Love & Logic Pearl of Wisdom
Education is based on a relationship, not a procedure.
Knock Out Job!
Mrs. Eriksen is doing a knock-out job by trying new techniques for student engagement. She has implemented a technique where students teach each other. Students share information like a turn and talk, but they are in the role of a teacher. This technique empowers them and builds their confidence. Not only a great student engagement technique, but also builds positive classroom culture!
My focus this week and next will be on Guided Reading. I will email the checklist I used last year so you know what I am looking for in a Guided Reading lesson. Reading A-Z has great lessons and leveled readers. We also have a literacy library upstairs which is the back part of the room that Reading Partners is using. You can access the literacy library off the hallway going to the elevators. I will send an email out this week with checkout procedures.