Magers Memo

11.21.15

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to encourage everyone to enjoy Wednesday-Sunday with their families! This week take time to think about what you are thankful for, and instead of just thinking it, tell someone! I am thankful for each of you! I really am blessed to work with such great teachers & people. I am inspired by each of you and what you do on a daily basis. Thank you for challenging me to do more and be better. Have a GREAT Monday & Tuesday!
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SEQUIOTA SPOTLIGHT: Kathy Roman

Kathy is new to Sequiota this year and we are so fortunate to have her as a member of the Sequiota Tribe! Coming from a different school with different curriculum, Kathy had a lot of new learning. Kathy was hired late in the summer and started the school year without having moved all of her classroom supplies. Kathy had an awareness of Guided Reading, but may have been a little overwhelmed with managing stations and reading groups. Within a months time period, Kathy observed GR in another building, collaborated with her grade level team and has literacy & math stations up and running and is implementing GR groups! If you were to observe Kathy's stations and groups you would think she had been doing it for years. Her students are self-regulated and Kathy has excellent classroom management! Thank you Kathy for your positive attitude, collaboration with peers, love for data-and your students, and openness to new learning! We are so glad you are at SEQUIOTA! Your hard work is paying off...now go SIP.......your favorite beverage!

Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashup: Hello, Hotline Bling, and Nae Nae, Holderness Family Style
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Strategy Four: Give Unexpectedly

According to the Gallup Poll, the vast majority of people prefer gifts that are unexpected. Expected gifts do fill our buckets, but for some reason filling buckets unexpectedly fills our buckets a little more. It's all about the element of surprise! It doesn't have to be big, or expensive. It can be something as simple as doing something nice for someone, or bringing them a cup of coffee, writing them a note to tell them thank you. This week is short and busy, but I encourage you to give unexpectedly.

What Great Teachers Do Differently

GREAT TEACHERS CONSISTENTLY FILTER OUT THE NEGATIVES THAT DON'T MATTER AND SHARE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.


Perception Can Become Reality: As educators we know this to be true. People who say, "This is the worst group of kids I've ever had", soon start to believe it, and will eventually start treating them that way. Unfortunately, the students will start behaving accordingly. Effective educators know that one of the best ways to alter a perception is to create other perceptions. We will always have challenging students & challenging classes. We are blessed to have the opportunity to change perceptions about students and see the good. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are!


The video below is one J Anderson shared with me after a conversation we had and it really hit home with me. Perception is everything. How do your students perceive you? Before making an assumption, remember that so much of what we perceive comes from who is standing behind the camera. Sometimes we have to dig deeper....it may not be as it seems.

THE LAB: DECOY - A portrait session with a twist