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News & Celebrations from James Clemens High School

Flight School at JC! Talking Growth Mindset --- great sharing and ideas today from the JC crew!

September 8, 2014

JC spirit made this a week to remember! Kids who are engaged in their school community are more likely to be engaged in the classroom as well, and I think we are flying high in that respect!  At JC, the students have a superb model of school and community spirit in the JC Flight Crew. Let's build on the momentum! #proudtobeajet

Thank you all for always "being where your feet are" when it comes to professional learning at JC. The contributions made to the conversations in Flight School and afterward have provided additional insights that will drive our learning this year. If you have time, take a look at the Socrative survey data sent after the sessions. Knowing where we stand collectively can help us to "nudge" ourselves and each other forward this year.

Thanks also to all who have shared ideas, articles, videos, etc. to continue the learning beyond the walls of Flight School. I have embedded all that I can remember in this newsletter. Enjoy these pieces from your colleagues, and please feel free to add anything I may have missed or additional links you've found by signing in and commenting, emailing them to me, etc. Please keep sharing what you're learning. We are better together!

Have a great week! Go JETS!  

:) Alyson

Coming Up This Week...

Faculty Meeting- Monday, September 8th @3:45 p.m. (Topic: Accreditation)

Pilot's Lounge-Tuesday, September 9th (during the lunch waves)

This week's session: The Psychology of Learning (The WHY of Learning Targets) Facilitated by Blake Harvard

New Pilots Session-Wednesday, September 10th @ 7:30 a.m.

Continuing our conversation-- GROWTH MINDSET

Videos Shared in Flight School

Several of you asked for these videos. Enjoy!


If you want to try SOCRATIVE (the formative assessment tool used with your mobile devices in Flight School), the site and video below will help get you started. See me if you'd like additional support on this EASY-TO-USE tech tool! A 15 minute tutorial will have you on your way to using this tool effectively!!

THANK YOU for adding to our learning! Below are some examples of "teacher shares" since our Flight School sessions on

A quote Jane Herndon uses as a thinking prompt for "how to be successful in class" is shared below. The quote is one of many that could be a discussion starter with students in initiating the creation of a "safe zone" for learning and risk-taking.   Thank you, Jane!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

Carol Bohatch shared these great graphics about Growth Mindset that she found on Twitter. Thank you, Carol!

I want this one on a poster!!

Daniel Whitt shared a recent edition of Seth's Blog that relates to our conversation. Worth the time to read! Thank you, Daniel!

Favorite line from this blog..."What if we celebrated the students who regularly try the hardest, help each other the most and lead?"

Keith Anderson shared this article that definitely promotes Growth Mindset... and may shock you! A great story about GRIT and PERSEVERANCE from someone who made something "look easy" when it certainly was not! Thank you, Keith!

Julie Hill shared the article and video below.... one of our new favorite words might be heard. #YET  Thank you, Julie!

Erin Riddle shared this video that she uses to motivate that will definitely have you ready to RISE & SHINE. Thank you, Erin!

JCHS Flight Plan for Professional Learning 2014-2015

Around JC This Week...

Let's Connect!!

Things JETS are Tweeting About:

Flight Crew on Instagram

Something for Everyone...Pinterest

Contact Info:
Alyson Carpenter, Instructional Partner
James Clemens High School
Madison City Schools / Madison Alabama

Phone: 256-216-5313
Email: acarpenter@madisoncity.k12.al.us