Reminder, Ideas, and Thoughts to Ponder...

Rain, rain, go away... 

1.  "The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people." ~K. Patricia Cross

2. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung

3. "You cannot teach curriculum until you have established compassion and connections."- No clue

4. On September 25th, Dr. Steven Ebell, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will be here to visit classrooms.  He is excited to see learning opportunities where students are acting as facilitators of the own learning. Please refrain from jeans on this day. 

5. On September 26th, Rachel Powell, math curriculum coordinator, will be here to walk through many of our classrooms. 

Seen and Hear Around the Building-

- In a 4th grade classroom, self directed behavior and ownership of learning is clearly evident as students are using their notebooks without prompting to guide their own learning. 

- In a 4th grade classroom, students were prompted by their teacher to create posters related to real life examples of how fractions are used in the world around them. Examples included recipes, measurement comparisons, and diagrams, etc... Retention of new learning is directed related to how relevant we make the learning.

- In a 2nd grade classroom, a teacher set out to "hook" her students into learning more about a small moment by relaying a personal story of when she "hooked" a fish.  Students hung on each word as they laughed, giggled, anticipated each part of the story, as they not only began to clearly understand a small moment, but to also identify with their teacher as a person who has many of the same emotions they do.

- "Man, it took quite a bit of time to call all my students' parents, but it sure made me feel good and them too. I feel certain if I have to call for their support, I will have it now, as they know I care about their kiddo."

- " I accepted a personal challenge to go a whole day without complaining.  It was hard!  But , I went home a happy woman!"

- In a 2nd grade classroom during a writer's workshop lesson, a teacher unwrapped each part of her lesson related to adding details with intentionality and purpose.  As she listened in during her turn and talk opportunities, she used student feedback to drive the remainder of her guided practice time. 

- During a week of rain with limited outdoor play, 3 PE coaches are still smiling and using innovation when it comes to space and materials to get these PE skills covered!

- As a teacher's class moved about the hallway, a student was struggling with the quiet hallway expectation.  The teacher walked up quietly and discreetly next to the student and provided a subtle redirection.  Talk about protecting the dignity of the child.