Below is the schedule for all upcoming PLC meetings. Please disregard this week's Pow Wow.
Note the deletion of the PLC on Monday for Fine Arts/Foreign Language/PE/Health. This was incorrect on the email version.
What does the new ESSA Law say about building staff capacity?
Please review the system and MCHS Family Engagement Policies below and comment on idea(s) you have related to building parent engagement. You can share what you currently do or something you would like to try.
So, today I decided to step into Mr. Thornton's room to check out what our Seniors are doing. It seemed like a typical day...bell ringer and quiz review were on the agenda. Two sentences were on the board for parts of speech identification. Nothing special, right? Even a little boring, maybe? WRONG!
Want to know why? Mr. Thornton's students were ENGAGED and ACCOUNTABLE. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective. Calling on students based on pulling names written on popsicle sticks from a popcorn bucket may seem elementary. Who cares? It works and it equates to instant accountability! Did they giggle? Yes, they did. Did they answer the questions when their name was called? Yes, they did. Did they pay attention because they thought they may be next? Yes, they did.
Good instruction does not have to be complicated or labor intensive to be effective. Thank you, Mr. Thornton!
The next step is to continue with the great work you are doing now! We have been so inspired by the conversations in the PLC's, implementation of new strategies in classrooms, and the amount of writing by our students. As you meet together, remember that the time should be spent on analyzing student work and asking the following questions:
Now that everyone has incorporated writing, try the following at one of your upcoming PLC's:
Consistently have students use the rubric to self-assess. Do they know what is expected at each level? Give them the opportunity to become familiar with the rubric and make improvements upon their writing. Specific and constructive feedback is vital! It's OK for a student to score a 1 on a writing task, as long as we give it back to them, communicate that we know they can do better, and then show them how!
Thank you for everything you do for our students. There is no doubt that MCHS has the best rockstars around!