February 15 - 19, 2016
This past week my encounter with the following images and stories have helped me to find the point where I can reframe.
Laughter is the best medicine!
Examples That Inspire
I Have a Dream!
When I Am 100 Years Old....
A smile is just a few steps away!
The Weekly Scoop (and other informational items)
Parties and Field Trips
Field trips are considered an extension of the classroom, and they are an important part of student learning. If you have a child that you think will be a danger to himself or to others on a field trip, start a face-to-face dialogue with that parent now. Share the concerns with the parent, have documentation to back up your concerns, and explain that the only way you think this student will be successful and safe on the field trip is if the parent or a guardian accompanies the child. With advanced notice, parents have time to make arrangements to miss work and chaperone their child on the field trip. I had to do that one year with a student we took to Camp Gilmont for 3 nights and 4 days of Outdoor School. The dad became one of the chaperones. Sometimes the most troublesome kids in a classroom benefit the most from a field trip, but the teacher may need to bring along additional supervision in the way of a guardian or available school personnel. Last year Mrs. Crane got some help from other parents and grandparents to help keep an eye on a few of her "lovelies," and as I recall, the field trip was a success for all. Please keep me informed if you are having these kinds of conversations with any of your parents.
The Weekly Scoop - What's Ahead!
Keep a daily eye on the JMQ Google Calendar - Events change and are added all the time!
The detail of my schedule and much more information is on Pam's Bulletin.
- 3:00 Nurse Tutt meeting at high school
- 6:00 PM PTA Meeting - We have some brand new board members with forward thinking ideas! Come be a part of the gathering to support the students and share the teachers' perspective as we gather support for PTA!
- 3:20 Faculty Meeting - Short meeting for whole faculty, a little longer for STAAR free materials for 3-5. Sue Northrup is coming from Richardson. She visited with me this week and I invited her to return.
- 2:00 Lynn off campus
- 4:00 PTA Board Meeting
- End of Six Weeks
- BOX TOP COLLECTION DAY
- 1:30 K-2 - Fundraiser Kick-off in Cafeteria
- 2:00 - 3-5 Fundraiser Kick-off in Gym
- 6 PM 5th Grade STAAR Informational Meeting for Parents
- 9:00 Principal's Meeting
- K-2 CAFE Training - Patsy Ramirez
- 3:30 K-2 Faculty Presentation by Siler and Silverman - Cafeteria
- 6 PM 4th Grade STAAR Informational Night for Parents
YES! Collect BOX TOPS Instead of Spending Your Own Money!
The Learning Pyramid
When Stacey Grant was here on Friday, she talked to us a little about learning theory. Most of you have seen this before, but I think it is important to look at it again. Self-reflect on your own math/reading instruction this week and think about how you might move your instruction from the passive teaching methods to the participatory teaching methods. If you are using Kagan structures and other collaborative small group models, you are on the right track.
Math Coach's Corner
Donna Boucher says, "In Texas, process standards are embedded into 75% of the items on our state assessment. If we don’t embed process standards into 75% of our classroom instruction, our students will not be successful."
Button links below are for Math Coach's Corner and Region 7 Workshops
What does the math teacher do with the following students? 1. Students who lack current grade level skills 2. Students who lack number sense 3. Students who cannot apply mathematics
If you struggle with modeling APS Check, follow these simple guidelines.
As a former ELA teacher, this made perfect sense to me. What do you think?
A Tip from Barbara Briley
Region 7 Workshop! I am not sure if this will be a repeat for teachers in K-2 or an expansion of your February trainings. Teachers in 3-5 need to sign up for one of these sessions. I will visit with Patsy Ramirez to find out more information.
I am very excited about this. There is not an online registration. The workshop is on 7-18-16. If you are interested, email D. Copeland, Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is called Fundamental Change.