Weekly Update: October 5, 2015

Welcome back! I hope that you enjoyed a fun and relaxing fall break.

Staff Professional Development:

We will meet this Wednesday, October 7th from 1:45-3:15 in room 23. Get excited, we will continue our professional learning about differentiated small group reading instruction.

Performance Task Assessment Window:

Monday, marks the opening of the Performance task Assessment window (10/5-10/20). You may wish to review the link below to ensure that you have administered your performance tasks in advance of the calibration workshops.

Calibration Workshops:

Ed Services will offer calibration workshops during your Benchmark Assessment Window this Fall (10/5-10/20).  These are optional [paid] workshops teachers may attend to get support with scoring student writing. See email from Amy Illingworth for the fine print.  Please click here to see the dates and register yourself for the Math and/or ELA calibration workshop.

Classroom Visits:

I will visit your classrooms on Monday and Thursday. My hope is that all of our students understand what they are learning, specifically, that they know the objective or intended learning outcome of your lesson. Additionally, I hope that they will know your criteria for “understanding” or mastery of their learning. When I visit your classrooms, I will be checking in with students to see if they have these understandings. Asst Supt Ed Leadership, Cindy Wagner will visit on Thursday from 9:00-10:45 and Director of Educational Services, Amy Illingworth will visit Friday from 1:00-2:25.

Impact Teacher Update:

Impact teacher Kriza Casem accepted a full time position in the Chula Vista school district. We are happy for her, but sad for us. Cathryn will provide her art/literacy unit and Liz Desmond will continue with us. Marla Garcia will be with us Tuesday and Wednesday and will will find a different sub for Thursday.

PLNU Arts Education Partnership:

Some of you may have participated in the Arts Education partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). This year we are lucky to continue this partnership. You may recall that students visiting from PLNU have had limited experience in front of a class. As there are only 6 PLNU students available to visit our school this year, please let me know ASAP if you would like to participate. See additional information below.

The three dates this fall semester for our visit to Emory are proposed for:

Tues. Oct 27 –    Planning session with teacher (2:30PM)

Tues. Nov. 10 –  Teach Art Lesson #1 (1:30PM)
Tues. Nov. 17 –  Teach Art Lesson #2 (1:30PM)

Unity Games Save the Date:

The Unity Games are back. Saturday, May 2016 9:00-12:00 at Mar Vista High School. Emory students and staff will join all schools in the South Bay in a fun, celebration of athletic skill.

Question of the Week:

What is something new that you have tried this year, or are committed to trying this week?

Quote of the Week:

If we teach today’s students as we taught them yesterday’s we rob them of tomorrow.

John Dewey


8 thoughts on “Weekly Update: October 5, 2015

  1. We are trying a more sequential approach to teaching the new cc math standards by using tens frames during part of our math time. The tens frames routines become increasingly more demanding as the year progresses.

  2. Not going to lie, it’s all new to me this year. I’m looking forward to implementing inquiry circles into social studies this year though.

  3. I signed up for “Remind” formally known as “Remind 101”. I’m going to try a paperless newsletter. Grant’s teacher uses it and we like it from the Parent end so I’m going to see how it goes. It may crash and burn but it might also be awesome !!

  4. I’ve structured debates in the classroom and the students really like to participate. I’m going to try to have a quick surprise 15 minute debate every other week. My purpose is to check for understanding in stating their claim and supporting with evidence. I think the kids will get a thrill out of these.

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