Hi everyone- Here are the updates for this week.
We will have Instructional Rounds again on Monday from 8a.m.-12noon. Our 3rd grade team will observe 4th grade team and Amy Illingworth will be joining us. Thank you to both 3rd and 4th adn 5th and 6th grade that have taken part in this so far this year.
Please continue to use PLCs to unpack your focus standards for your current or upcoming Unit of Study. If you are much of your PLC spending time around CC Math, as most teams are, take this time to discuss the recent PD conducted by our ILT team and how you might include some of the ideas that were shared. (Number Talks, Fluency Practice using games, Rich word problems with slight adjustments for support and challenge students, etc.) Remember, you can find the PowerPoint from our recent ILT meeting on our district CC ELA page under “ILT” link which I’ve hyperlinked here. You can then find the box/link titled “ILT Round 2.pptx”. You will find many resources there and you can find more info on Number Talks on your CC Math Units of Study page here.
Also remember that your PLC time is where your Grade Level Lead rep should be sharing out info from the most recent meeting which should happen in the PLC that immediately follows the Grade Level Lead mtg.
We will have a staff meeting this week in Rm. 21 at 1:40p.m. Please bring your laptop and journal. I will be asking various committee members to briefly share out and we will discuss some other “Nuts n Bolts”. We will NOT have a staff meeting/PD on Dec. 17th.
As we have now entered our second trimester, this means that each grade level has a full day or 2 half-day release days for your team to use for extra planning (Our site plan has 3 release days budgeted for each grade level). If your team should choose half days instead of one full day, please make sure to avoid Friday p.m. half days as those are very hard to fill with guest teachers.
I will be busy in the next two weeks with reading/popcorn visits for my winning October and November monthly attendance classes. I believe that most everyone has signed up and I have placed these appointments in my calendar. I appreciate that all of you know that should a discipline issue arise, this may delay my visit but I will cross my fingers for great Respectful, Responsible, and Safe behaviors in the last two weeks before break.
Resource of the Week:
This may not be new to many of you, and it can be found on our district site and the ILT links but HERE is Jo Boaler’s free website YouCubed- this site is SO user friendly! It has tabs for teachers, PARENTS, admin, and more! And plenty of videos too!
Question of the Week:
Based on our ILT members PD last Wednesday, what is something that you learned?,
or something that resonated with you?,
or something that made you reflect on your current practices?,
or something that you are excited to try out in your classroom?
or something that you are already trying and finding success with?
Quote of the Week:
“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” -Shakuntala Devi