PONY NEWS MARCH

HELLO PONIES - A LITTLE TO SHARE ABOUT MS.BUTTLER

I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO until I was in high school when I moved to McAllen, TX. I was on the track and cross country teams. My junior year we went to state in cross country. It was quite the experience.

I am the only girl with three brothers. Two of my brothers live in Flower Mound. It is nice to have them close by. My father owns/operates a Chick-Fil-A in Arkansas.

I have three children myself, two boys and one girl. Both boys are in college and my daughter is a junior at LHS. She will graduate next January. My oldest son is a Marine who served in Afghanistan years ago. He has a Purple Heart and will receive his Associate's Degree in May. He is working towards his Bachelor's degree at TCU. He has three beautiful girls 7, 4, and 1. Grandchildren are definitely the best thing ever.

When not at work or with my kids I spend time either at sporting events or watching sports on TV. I enjoy football, baseball, and hockey the most.

This is my 22nd year teaching and my 12th in Lewisville. I have taught Kinder, K-1, 1st, 3rd and 4th grades. I am always looking for new ways to engage my students especially through the use of technology. Teaching has definitely been a very rewarding career choice for me.

A Minute with the LASes...

MOTIVATING STRATEGIES


Below is a link to "10 ESL Teaching Strategies That Successfully Motivated My Students to Reach the Next Level." This article teaches motivational strategies that can be used immediately to help our LEP students move to higher levels. The article provides links to English Language video clips, goal setting worksheets, and websites for newsinlevels and newsela for leveled English Learners current events/news.


http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/effective-esl-teaching-strategies-motivation/


Looking To The STAAR


Here are some more STAAR Test taking tips that you can use with your students today:

  • For the day of the test, make sure you had plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Take MENTAL BREAKS... if you feel overwhelmed or nervous, relax and maybe have a drink of water.
  • Read directions carefully.
  • Read all the answers to the questions.
  • Eliminate answer options to narrow your choices.
  • Use the strategies that you have been taught in class.
  • Answer all the questions - take your best guess if you're not sure.
  • Read True and False questions very carefully. All parts of the answer MUST be true.
  • If you are writing an essay, make sure to use complete sentences and correct grammar and punctuation.
  • GO OVER THE TEST WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED... make sure you have answered all the questions.

Learning from our own Experts- CHAMPS

Please click here to see how Mrs. Sinnott uses CHAMPS in her classroom!


Thank you Mrs. Sinnott for sharing!


More sharing will be coming from your peers next week.

Meaningful Feedback During their Learning

How are we providing our students with meaningful feedback during their learning? Do they understand their I-station, Achieve 3000, and Think Through Math scores? What about their grades and/or benchmark results? How are we having positive conversations to motivate them?

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

In recent years, research has confirmed what most teachers already knew: providing students with meaningful feedback can greatly enhance learning and improve student achievement.

When people are trying to learn new skills, they must get some information that tells them whether or not they are doing the right thing. Learning in the classroom is no exception. Both the mastery of content and, more importantly, the mastery of how to think require trial-and-error learning.

Although there is no quick or easy answer to this question, here are five research-based tips for providing students with the kind of feedback that will increase motivation, build on existing knowledge, and help them reflect on what they've learned.

CLICK HERE

Teacher provides feedback to students - Example 10

Professional Learning Communities-Using Work Sampling in Authentic Assessments


Since we have Open House this Thursday you will have your 45 minutes of conference time to prepare your classroom and participate in PLC during the additional 45 minutes.


Click here for the PLC agenda

Calendar for the next 2 Weeks

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We are Teachers of Teachers!

As we continue walking your classroom and enjoying the great instructional practices that are happening , we will begin providing you with instant feedback by using a protocol called "Actionable Feedback" that the district provided and trained us to support everyone's professional growth and development.


This Actionable Feedback template is similar to what we were already using with the something I like... and I wonder... but it provides us with the opportunity to be more specific with the feedback.


The Actionable Feedback will consist of the D.I.E. method (Describe, Interpret, Evaluate).



  • D-Describe what we saw
  • I-Interpret attach personal meaning
  • E-Evaluate-creating next steps



The purpose of providing actionable feedback is to to monitor progress and adjust practices (if necessary). This method of feedback will support and ensure that we are meeting our goals.

We will be using actionable feedback campus wide.


Here are two samples of Actionable Feedback:


This is also a great transition for LEAD (the district's new and upcoming teacher's evaluation system). We are all learners! We are always growing!

STAFF SHOUT-OUTS


  • Kim Kilam, thank you for helping my class on Thursday Feb 16th
  • Ms. Mullkin- Thank you for collecting all papers for me on professional development day.
  • Lee Ferrier-Watson for always staying calm and patient during any technology crisis. :) The Central Zone and Lewisville Elementary are blessed to have Lee as our extraordinary Technician. :)
  • Wanda E. for always calmly and professionally getting the job done. She is a great role model for our students--always motivating and encouraging staff and students!
  • Ashley Sinnott - thanks for hugging your students good morning and good-bye, daily!
  • Wanda Oden for always being willing to help others, especially when they are truly in need.
  • Yvette Bernal for being flexible and willing in all situations.
  • Lety Amador for always thinking of a way to make things work! You are very creative and clever.
  • Ms. Jones and Ms. Chukwedo for being great across the hallway partners a person can always call on for a helping hand or pair of eyes. :o)
  • Ms. Jones for assisting with 5th grade lunch.
  • Ms. Danielle Ramage for doing and AWESOME job on making our flyers for the Business Partnership Roundup! You did an amazing job! Thank you! Mrs. Simpson
  • Araceli Hernandez, Emily Satterla, and Marla Rodriguez for regis Online, Self-Paced Course: ‘Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy: Dyslexia Foundations', through Region 10. They will each earn 6 CPEs!
  • Emily Satterla, Araceli Hernandez, and Marla Rodriguez for registering for the Online, Self-Paced course: ‘Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy: Dyslexia Foundations', through Region 10. They will each earn 6 CPEs!
  • Thank you to Ms. Lee and Ms. Khimji. Y'all are so patient with the students and your read-alouds and lessons are always engaging.
  • Mrs. Vando, for setting up the table for the Business Partnership Roundup! Thank you! Admin Team!!
  • Mrs. Colmenero, Mr. Colon, Mrs. Marla Rodrigues, Ms. Satterla, Mrs. Lopez, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Aroch, Mrs. Oporto and Mrs. Schwartz for leading our students this Saturday during the Destination Imagination contest. You are all amazing!
  • Ms. Bridges for keeping things organized for Saturday School!
  • Ms. Hendricks for getting all of the subs for Thursday to cover PLCs and campus walks!



Thanks for the Shout-Outs!


Submit a Shout-Out to someone else HERE and we will share it in future Monday Messages.