I think the county wide initiative of literacy has really helped our students with writing.
Glad to see our discipline numbers are down from last year!
yes. Glad to see discipline numbers down.
Yes! Very proud of that!
Glad to see that student discipline referrals are down and also that staff attendance is at a higher rate. I believe both of these correlate and allow for other teachers to not have to cover classes.
The inquiry-based approach is ideal for science. I use "Intro Labs/Activities" quite often to allow students to formulate their own ideas about the concepts. These make them think "around corners"; they apply prior knowledge that they often have "forgotten" in the storage stacks in their brains. It strengthens their overall understanding of the concept and they are PROUD they have "figured it out". All the teacher has to do is correct the major misconceptions and fine-tune the students expression of the principles of the concept...Which is an easy way to also meet the literacy requirements!
I have really enjoyed being in the Science teachers' classrooms for these inquiry-based lessons. I visited Mrs. House's class right before Christmas, and the students were really working hard to "THINK."
I am glad to see attendance up and behavior down. These two have a strong correlation with the rigor in classrooms. If students are challenged, then off task behaviors decrease.
I absolutely agree!
Thanks for sharing more information about our literacy expectations and upcoming learning opportunities for January!
I love the colorful powerpoint and the funny one at the end!!
Making sure we tested all dual enrollment students really made a difference in the SRI/Lexile numbers seniors.
Yes it did! Huge thanks to everyone who made sure all of the students were tested!
We are in Round 2 now, so let's be just as diligent to have all students take the 2nd SRI test. We should have a much clearer picture this year of where our students fall on the lexile range.
I am interested in learning more about the inquiry and phenomena-based approaches.
From what I understood about the phenomenon based approach, it seems to go hand in hand with the "authentic" assessments we use in the Physical Education Dept. These assessments work really well for our settings.
I look forward to hearing more about phenomenon learning and assessment ideas.
The inquiry based lesson is something that the social studies department is trying to focus on and implement. I think that this model will certainly help with rigor. I am interested to see the impact and reception from students.
The phenomena based learning is what we teach everyday in CTAE. I know that it is not second nature to all subject areas, but I'm glad to see that attention is being paid to the importance of tying school work to real life experiences.
I agree, Linda. The best moments in my career so far have come when a student develops a skill in my classroom and then implements it in real life. For example, we went through our soldering curriculum earlier this year and a student of mine had a dysfunctional computer at home but he was able to troubleshoot and repair the issue. Now he has a functioning computer and the ability to continue repairing other issues.
Yes! I agree. My students are able to take their active listening skills and report writing, or jottings as we call them, and apply it in every day life. Active listening and body language has and will continue to help them tremendously as they leave high school and enter the work force.
Just in an effort to talk about something different, I don't think we will meet our attendance goal for faculty due to all the beautiful babies coming into our families.
the phenomena-based approach is a great way to boost interest in the lesson prior to teaching
Approaching the learning process from an inquiry based perspective is showing to be very challenging for many of our students because they are trained to approach labs by using a "recipe" approach. I have a great new resource from my masters program that helps to build a highly scaffolded crosswalk between traditional and inquiry based learning. It has been a valuable resource for my students that are approaching the standard and need the extra scaffolding. If anyone is interested, come by and pick up a copy from me.
Please share with me as well!
It would be interesting to also see tardies and lunch detention referals. Its great to see referrals are down, I believe it is due to the better behavior students. Pushing the PBIS initatives are due.
It's good to see the discipline numbers have decreased from last year. I hope that continues throughout the year.
It is always a great sign to see a decline in student referrals since that means the students are in their classes more than in ISS or OSS. The more they are in class the more likely they will learn additional skills and increase the % of graduation rates in Murray County Schools.
Glad to see referrals are down-- time is class is imperative to student success.
Glad to see that discipline is down-- it helps when we as teachers are present in the building.
On another note-- I am thrilled that we will be offering the ACT to our students during the school day in February. I think we all need to encourage everyone of our Juniors to take it. Thank you to the counselors for giving our students this opportunity!!!
The IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) program is steeped in inquiry based teaching and has been around for decades. Many teachers, program coordinators, directors, etc have social media accounts (FB, twitter, Websites, etc.) that have great inquiry based lessons plan. Even as a teacher it is hard to flip the script and get students to explore.
Do you mind to send some of those plans to Dana to post on the weebly, please?
I am glad we have not been hit with the flu bug this year. The Kelly Gallagher website is a great source for phenomenon-based exercises for all subjects. You can look through the article of the week archive to find issues impacting your particular subject area.
I believe that the county wide literacy program is a wonderful idea which will have wonderful ramifications in the years to come. We will be able to show our neighboring counties and states that we only aim to succeed, and starting from the lowest educational level (kindergarten) to the highest high school level of education is definitely the way to go build upon great success. Way to be movers and shakers Murray County!
The literacy focus has seemed to help students become more comfortable and confident in their writing
I am also glad to see that our discipline numbers are down from last year. I hope everyone stays healthy going into the spring semester so that we can reach our staff attendance goal.
I really think writing across the curriculum is a GREAT idea. It will help students in all areas. I have noticed my students are actually writing better than they did at the first of the year.
Cant believe that 2017 is almost over. I have noticed a great improvement in the wring of my students.
We are about to have a few more beautiful babies around here!!!
Does maternity leave count towards the total absences? We are in trouble if it does!!!
Good to see that discipline referrals are down!
Attendance for the faculty and the student are critical to the success of learning and advancement in any program. With that said, I hope all of our expecting mothers have easy deliveries and the chance to rest during their leaves.
The phenomenon approach to standards/lessons works well in science. I've tried doing the lab first, then refer back to it continually as I go through the unit/lesson. Connections are made at a more rapid rate by the students.
Various university writing centers have an abundance of digital resources for writing in the disciplines. These supports might be helpful to students writing longer texts.
It would be interesting to see the number of tardies per month.
It is a "bunch" and I think it is a good idea to start tracking these and setting a goal for our students. I will work on this on our end and get that information in the next January Faculty Focus.
I am very glad to see that discipline is down. I have seen improvements in my classroom. I think tardiness, especially to first period, has been an issue this year.
Low discipline numbers are great, however, tardies are a bit of a concern.
Inquiry based and authentic learning have been stressed throughout my graduate program. Anchoring conceptual knowledge to relevant contexts can be especially helpful for ELs. It's great to see it being implemented here!
Always glad to see a decrease in discipline referrals. I am trying to emphasize literacy and writing in Social Studies.
Good to see our discipline referrals down from last year. Also good to see the emphasis in literacy.
Taking your time when reading is so important. I was just reminded of this as I was looking through and reading the Faculty Focus. When "Inquiry/Phenomenon based instruction" is read as Injury/Phenomenon based instruction, one should slow down the reading and pay attention.
It is good to see that discipline referrals are decreasing.
Looking forward to learning new literacy strategies.
Low discipline is great... maybe when we start school again at 8:15 tardies will be lower...
They weren't. Tardies have been an issue since I was teaching here, and from what I understand, well before that. When I ask other principals if tardies are an issue at their school, it is always a "Yes." We seem to have the best "process" in place for addressing tardies compared to other high schools, but it is imperative that everyone follow the process so we are consistent.
I assumed tardies would decrease if we started school later as well. I know that a 9:30 start time for 1st period seemed to be more productive for my students today. I know 9:30 isn't realistic but maybe an 8:15 or 8:30 start time and end the school day for students at 3:45 or 4. It would interesting to see the numbers for other schools that have later start times. Then again, they are high school students and they may just shift their sleep pattern to fit the schedule and remain tardy.
glad to see discipline referrals are lower. The kids love the indian head hunt days.
Sorry this is late, but I'm glad to see discipline referrals are down!
I am glad that we are incorporating phenomenon/inquiry learning into our classroom since that is how the real world operates!
Also glad to see that discipline referrals are down!
Co-teachers I’m with have great classroom management (i.e. fewer discipline issues)
I really like the phenomenon based approach because it shows the students that the information and skills we teach are relevant to them.
Glad to see that discipline referrals are down and also that staff attendance is higher. I believe both are important to student success.
I like the inquiry based question approach. This is a great tool to use in a math classroom to get students interested in the material, and to make it applicable to their lives.
Glad to see referrals are down. Hopefully we can keep improving.
It is great that our discipline numbers are down and with the teachers doing a great job of keeping the students engaged and learning I believe this contributes to the lower referrals. The students are more active in the classroom and not acting out in other ways due to not being engaged or frustrated. It's an all around team effort that is obviously successful!
I am glad to see student discipline is down from previous years Novembers. Our staff attendance is up, but that will change given that the governor did not approve my proposal to outlaw teachers having babies during the school year...
I love using inquiry based learning with math classes where it is possible. Sometimes there is a time for straight practice, but whenever possible the students will retain more when we can let them discover it, then build on it.
It would be very interesting to me to see our faculty attendance and discipline numbers compared to the system numbers as a whole.
As I near the completion of my third decade in teaching Spanish, one does tend to see similarities in many methods and strategies that come and go. The Phenomenon Based Teaching is quite similar to what World Language teachers in Wisconsin and Minnesota have been adapting and tweaking over the past 20 years. We call it Cultural Based Thematic Teaching where teachers create curriculum by asking themselves, what do we want our students to be able to do... at the end of the unit or level of language. What speaking, listening, writing, reading and cultural understanding skills will our kids be walking away with as they leave the classroom. The tricky part of this approach is evaluating these skills. Often times, the standardized testing method is not the best way to evaluate the acquisition of such skills.
This is an awesome approach that can have wonderful results in the classroom.
Discipline has also been down in my shop. Great things ahead.
Dana FordMCHS Curriculum Instruction Facilitator