On increasing rigor, I liked the idea on how we should increase rigor by having the students talk more, explain more and they should be the tired ones at the end of the day and not us! I agree! It is sad how students are having so many discipline referrals.
The students definitely need to be doing more work than the teachers!
Yes, but it doesn't seem to work that way. We do more work and then their absences are so great that they never take advantage what we do for them. They think and know that in the past they have been pushed along and they think it will happen again.
Attendance and discipline for students is getting worse. I love the positivity focus for employees. I hope this will help with the problem areas of attendance and discipline.
It made my day to receive an encouragement card last week! I think this will really help with teacher morale in the building.
In my gifted course, I read an article about rigor and differentiation. One teacher in the article lectured the entire period, provided notes to the class, and tested them over a study guide that was identical to the test. The students simply memorized the answers. I think one way to increase rigor is to remove those study guides given the day before a test that students memorize 20 minutes before. We need to ask better questions where they apply knowledge from the unit rather than regurgitating the information with little thought or comprehension.
I couldn't agree more!
I completely agree. I have stopped giving study guides this year. I give a list of study topics that we correlate to a page or pages in their notebook to study.
I did the same thing in my class. I still call it a study guide, however, but I give the students the main topics of the unit and they write how each topic is significant to what we learned in the unit. Hopefully this will lead to more learning and less "memorizing"
Useful info on rigor....
It's good to see our student's SRI scores increase from last year!
I liked the suggestions outlined in this powerpoint, especially those on rigor.
Student attendance seems to be a struggle. Hopefully we can come up with some ideas.
Love the cards!
SRI scores seem to be going up. Can't wait to see how the next SRI scores compare to last year finial score.
I enjoyed doing my Teachers/Student video. Its a great thing to let these kids always show how much they mean to us.
Student attendance is a real problem. Maybe we could create an attendance incentive that would make students really think twice before missing school...something new that really appeals to them.
I love the idea of an Attendance Incentive, not sure what we could do though???
Scary to see the amount of student absences, not sure why so many.
Love the Pay it Forward cards we received from Mrs Linder
Sad to see the discipline numbers going up. I wonder what the break down is by grade and incident?
Great rigor points.
Really good rigor points!
Students with so many absences! I can't understand their parents. And they never ask for makeup work.
It is always great to recognize the good kids. They are so deserving and make our days better!
Funny! They think they don't have to do the assignments they missed due to absences.
Student attendance has been terrible... It's the same students missing over and over. Great ideas for rigor- I find the hardest thing for students to do in math is explain WHY!
I love seeing all the positive student/teacher brags across the building! Such a motivation!
Favorite sentence of the FF this month: "We MUST require our students to THINK!"
The pay it forward card is an excellent idea; I'm glad we are using them. Students miss so much instructional time when they miss days of school.
Glad to see SRI scores improving! I am concerned about the student absences this early in our year and the increase in discipline referrals. I love the pay it forward cards-this is great and I got one today-felt like doing a "happy dance"!! I also think the points made about rigor are great!
A little concerned about the discipline issues. I know to expect the unexpected, but I am spending extra time calling parents about lack of engagement on the students part and what seems to be middle school behavior.
I also believe that an incentive for attendance would be great.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I always send out failure letters before the holiday. Teachers can include a chart on individual student reports that highlight unexcused absences. It would be a another form of documented intervention.
I hate to see that student absences continue to rise. I wonder how our student's attendance issue will affect the 90% rule on GA Milestones. There may be a lot of students who do not count!
I agree. I think the 90% rule will have a bigger impact than I originally thought.
I agree with Jake and Carl!
I attended the DOE Educating Georgia's Future Workforce meeting and one business panel member was asked what should students really need to know before entering the workforce. The response was "They need to SHOW UP for work every day. They need to be on time and be there. It's that simple" I think we do students a huge disservice by not focusing on attendance more and having stiffer penalties for poor attendance. The real world won't be so kind.
Such a good point!!
Attendance is one of the most significant points of this thread. Many of our students do not relate attendance with work ethic or their personal growth as students. Many of these students should want to attend so they can keep their driver's license.
Concerned about rise in attendance and discipline issues!
Stemming off everyone else, the continued/increase in student absences is alarming. It is too early for students to have missed as many days as they have been missing.
I'm glad to see that SRI scores are improving. I liked the power point and suggestions given on rigor. Hate to see the discipline issue like it is.
The attendance and discipline statistics are alarming, as they make our jobs harder when students aren't here or disrupt class. I have had a surprising number of students checking out and missing the last 1 or 2 periods of the day.
I was glad to see higher SRI scores at the beginning of the year.
Attendance and Discipline numbers are way to high to be this early in the school yar!
I'm also glad to see SRI scores increase.
Student attendance is becoming an problem. I think we will take a hit on the CCRPI because of it.
Like Christina, I have changed from giving study guide questions to just a list of topics students need to know. My students have been so accustomed to being handed their work on silver platters, and they are having to do more work for themselves. They didn't like it at first, but now they're adjusting.
Attendance... looks like it's time to really implement some of our positive reinforcements. What I've seen is it's the SAME students who continue to miss school. Shouldn't their parents be held responsible earlier in the year?
The sweet cards are so WONDERFUL! I was having such a rough day yesterday, and I received a card from Mrs. Ingle. My day turned around for the better because of it and her!!! Thank you!!!!!
Speaking of student attendance, I have noticed it is the same students who continuously miss class. I love the idea of increasing student rigor. Why questions make students think outside the box about ideas and concepts.
I like the positivity focus as it seems that in most cases we spend the majority of our time focusing on the 'problem' students. I have editing this video and seeing each of you bring a smile and attention to many of our best students.
I hope the discipline referrals come back down soon.
Attendance is definitely an issue. I agree with Mrs. Puryear on not letting students off the hook so easily for not showing up.
Some of the best comments from the students this week have been how much their brain hurts after leaving my class. I have heard the same said about other teachers as well. Our rigor is on the up swing......either that or the screws in our vices are too tight. :)
Dana FordMCHS Curriculum Instruction Facilitator