Happy Groundhog Day! Here are the updates for this week, which might be a little quieter without those noisy 6th grade teachers! I mean students…. 🙂
Please make sure to review Restroom Expectations and reinforce these when you are near the student restrooms, on duty, etc. The more specific feedback we give to ALL students around our expectations, the better!
Please carefully read Adriana’s email around adjustments to ELD this week while our 6th graders are at camp. It was sent out twice last week.
Box Tops flier:
Our wonderful retired teacher, Phyllis, is now trying something new to motivate students to bring in Box Tops, which bring us MONEY for doing next to nothing, except promoting this as teachers, and students using their scissors at home once in a while. On Monday, a flier is going home to inform everyone that we will be giving one $20 gift card to a deserving student via an opportunity drawing which will take place in June. Any student who brings in 25 Box Tops in one month will have their name submitted into this drawing. So, if a student brings in 25 Box Tops every month, this means that their name will be in the drawing “hat” 5 times, thus increasing their chances to win! Please announce this to your students as this is something new, AND remind them to put their name and room number on their Box Tops baggie, paper, envelope, etc.
This week you might want to have the following on your PLC agenda or a mix of the following:
-Examine and score student work from recent PTAs.
-Take 10 minutes to share info with your team if you recently attended a Grade Level Lead meeting.
-Take just a few minutes to complete survey, via “feedback” link, found here, regarding the benchmark assessments as this is a great way to give your feedback. Remember, your feedback can also be positive if there are aspects of the PTAs that you appreciate. Please be as specific as possible with any issues or concerns that you may have. Instead of saying “It’s too long”, you could say “Part 2 of the PTA is too long in that my students are struggling to complete it in a timely fashion.” Or you might say, “The pacing for Unit ____ seems to be too quick because ________”. Practice what we expect from our students: use arguments supported with specific evidence. Thanks!
Please make sure to honor your “next steps” from your prior meeting so all team members are on the same page. We want to avoid one teacher bringing what he/she thought was expected while other team members forget to bring the same items listed on the “next steps” from the previous week’s PLC minutes.
Amy Illingworth and Jen Oliveira from Ed Services will be visiting on Thursday from 8-10:30a.m. to join Chris in classrooms and possibly in PLC. This is an opportunity for those of us who visit classrooms to make sure we are aligned and calibrated in our thinking around district expectations for instruction.
Principal Round Table:
We had a heated and healthy discussion around issues brought up in Principal Round Table. I don’t know that we landed on a solution for taking care of our lounge but I can tell you that I communicated the concerns to all staff on our campus: Classified, Extended Learning, etc. Now, it’s up to us to clean up after ourselves. One of the issues comes from celebrations that we occasionally have in the lounge where individuals might bring items to share, but use our lounge dishware to hold the food items. If you borrow dishware, please remember it is still your responsibility to wash this at the end of the day.
As for being responsible with regards to your professional duties such as recess duty, picking up students on time, etc., I am committed to having these conversations with individuals when I see it, but also encourage you to have these tough conversations directly with your colleagues when you encounter an issue. I know this is tough, but so much more effective than ignoring it and becoming resentful. Also, if one of your colleagues does approach you to address an issue, please think about how you react as this has huge future implications for the culture of collaboration that is necessary both in and out of the classroom. We need to have a growth mindset about our own behavior and how we react when someone is courageous enough to confront us with a delicate conversation.
We will have our next Blue Slip drawing during lunch time on Feb. 9th. Please make a note in your plan book, schedule, white board, etc. to send blue slips to lunch next Monday.
Question of the Week:
What were the highlights of your Super Bowl Sunday? And if you could care less about Super Bowl Sunday, like my husband, how did you spend your day with our beautiful So Cal weather?
Quote of the Week:
“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” -Sally Koch