Don't forget to try a Jigsaw activity by the end of February and comment on the post below (you may have to scroll down a bit to find it). Let me know when you are doing it; I'd love to stop by and see how the students do!
I liked the slide about the seasons. I think we've hit all four in one day several times lately!
It's good to see teacher attendance has improved from last year. Also good to know about Winter Break.
Winter Break - Yay! It will be a first for me, in all of my years of teaching I have never worked in a system with a winter break.
It's good to see that the number of discipline referrals has gone down.
Definitely glad we will be getting our full break!! Also, looking forward to learning new literacy strategies. Differentiation is a hard thing to plan out on paper (always part of my professional improvement goals) because you never know who is going to be where, BUT it is most definitely important and absolutely effective!! We probably all differentiate everyday without even realizing it, but I am glad we are all working on learning and improving planning it out! :)
Keep up the good work!
Illnesses have hit us hard this year! It'll be good to get rejuvenated during Winter Break! I have seen a marked improvement in tardies to my class in the last few weeks. :)
I've seen a marked improvement in tardies to my class, too!
I am surprised there haven't been more out in January given the flu season.
I would like to see more students held accountable for repeat tardies. It is always the same ones.
Yay! Winter Break!
The students have enjoyed improving their ability to interpret graphs in literacy time on Wednesdays. It's been a good change-up from the reading passages, but still effective.
The science department asked for this, because it is a necessary skill for passing the EOC in Biology! I know it helps y'all too! Cant wait to see that baby!
Looks like teacher attendance in January was better than past years--even with the flu!
I’m excited to try the jigsaw activity as Dana mentioned. I hope to incorporate this after Winter Break. Also, it appears that tradies are staying relatively low compared to months past.
Happy about Winter Break! Regarding the slides on the seasons:
Definitely a spring day yesterday and back to winter today! I agree with Terri Lynch. I wish there was more we could do with the repeat offenders for tardies..... especially 1st period!
All this great information about improving literacy and increasing rigor, and all you'll can think about is the Winter Break!! Come on people!
Yes I agree! We should be more upset about the momentum being interrupted than a few days out of school!
Good to see teacher absences and student tardies decreasing. It would be interesting to find the root cause that causes the repeaters to be tardy.
Jigsaws are always fun! This is a great differentiation strategy that I learned while getting my gifted endorsement last year! Having Ms. Pankey help with the ESS babies part in this lesson was instrumental. Their Biome Dioramas were fantastic. I'm sure they would love doing this again. :)
I am sooooo looking forward to break after doing 150 oral exams over a six day period. Please do not laugh at me if I enter the wrong room by mistake, lol. I am spent. I built in three different places in the Oral exam where students have to think on their feet. The possible ways to respond were differentiated. The placement within the exam allowed me to adjust by the third situation to either to either give them something on his or her level or to challenge them if they were breezing through the exam. I feel this is one way that I have incorporated rigor based on an individual basis, in the moment of the exam.
I love this!
I look forward to learning some quick tips on literacy strategies that can be easily implemented. Anything that can cross the curriculum and be implemented easily is something that I want to learn about.
Agree that students are liking the change in the literacy
I know it is hard to assign lunch detention slips at the front office in the morning when there is a line going out the door and we need to get students to class.
However, many students are not being assigned lunch detention when they are late to first period. They come in with an excuse slip from the front but not lunch detention. I know it is hard for our secretaries to get students checked in up there while also filling out an excuse slip and lunch detention slip.
A suggestion that might work is the first period teacher assigns the lunch detention if they come in late to first without a good reason.
I like this idea, I have the same 2 or 3 students that are late everyday to first period and they are coming in with breakfast from the fast food restaurants too!!
"thanks for all you do..."
Looking forward to literacy strategies. Those aren't things they teach you in math teacher college.
Tardies are down from October, but the PBIS team is working on ways to lower the numbers even more.
I have tried the jigsaw with my students and they seem to enjoy it. I thought it helped them to remain refreshed on the transformations in geometry. I also gave the groups a chance to switch papers and correct the other groups to make sure they both remember both parts.
Good to hear about winter break.
It is great to see that tardies are down from last month and attendance is not falling off because of Flu season
Great to see faculty attendance! I see a lot of student discipline issues in January, they seem to be getting more restless.
Glad to hear that tardies were down! Maybe winter break is just what everyone needs to get healthy! Flu and other sicknesses have been rough this year!
Good to see about the tardies, teacher absences, and winter break.
It is good that teacher absences are down. I am looking forward to the literacy training.
I am looking forward to learning new literacy strategies. I am glad see tardies are down. Woo hoo! Bring on winter break!
I am happy to see the staff absences down. Thanks for the rigor, differentiation, and literacy reminders. Hooray for winter break!! (and NOT having to make up the days!)
Glad for the full break!
I am surprised about teacher absences in January. February will not look good I fear.
Winter break......what a concept. For those of you afraid of losing momentum, I am sure your keys will work to open the doors next week........
Glad to see teacher attendance improving!
I am seeing a greater interest in the literacy assignments but will be interested to learn the new strategies later this month.
Maybe Winter Break will offset some of the flu we have started seeing. I am glad to see teacher absences down. Hopefully I am one of the ones who won't be absent so much going forward now that I seem to be "fixed."
I agree with C. Longmire: nice faculty attendance stats for January; this month doesn't look so great though, if covering classes is an indicator.
Glad to hear about the snow days and I am looking forward to the break. Did the school board ever vote on the calendar options for next year?
It was my assumption that a student with a 1st period late pass was assigned LD before they came to class.
I'm glad to see absences and tardies have gone down. It was also nice to hear about winter break.
Literacy is critical in helping us make sense of our world. Literacy development occurs not only in school but in every aspect of daily life. From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we are constantly making meaning of the world around us. Every single activity we can provide to our students will lead them a little further on the path to better literacy. The jigsaw activity was great; students were engaged and hopefully it made an impact on them! The graphs were suggested by the science department; graphs are something that students are supposed to have mastered by middle school so the skills are part of the standards after that, but you can bet those graphs will be on the milestones! If other content areas have specifics like that they would like to try to incorporate into Wednesday Literacy, please just contact me!
Dana FordMCHS Curriculum Instruction Facilitator