Nearpod – Those of you that signed up for Nearpod, we will have onsite training! Our trainer will be coming Wednesday December 13 during your planning to show you all what Nearpod can do for you and your classroom! This week we will be having ISDs – two will be Tuesday and this one will be Wednesday. So if you attend Nearpod training, then you do not have to attend an ISD on Tuesday; however, we would love to have some both!
The trainer has asked that people wanting to attend fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNUHVcLF5NRPpl3Ml3Toezs3vxi-XeGSTo6clCzzWktDoYZg/viewform
There are still some available licenses for you to use Nearpod in your classroom. If you are interested, please let Mrs. Hester know so she can add you to the list.
Recognizing our Students
Mr Holt brings me candy everyday and it makes me feel great.
I am recognized and I have a conversation with him everyday about his life and his sacrifice. I know this man cares because he only brings me my favorite candy.
Do you recognize your students? How do they feel about you and your leadership efforts to build community in the classroom? This is an essential part of our job.
We will be having conversations about this in our upcoming coaching sessions. One way to make sure we empower students is building a community in the class where they know they are supported and challenged and, most importantly, valued.
Make them feel great too!
We mentioned Teach Like a Pirate in the last blog, it will be a Spring/Summer read for us. These two books will be great resources in our continued journey for creating a student centered school. We read Carol Dweck’s Mindset’s my first year here. It was a great introduction to the concepts of fixed vs growth mindset and work. Mindsets in the Classroom is the educator’s practical guide.
When you are ready for your copy, I have both in my office for you. They are good reads that will leave you with good resources, steps and inspiration.
- Here is a visual chart you can share with your classes about our new reading incentives. The link for the book summary has been posted on their Schoology page. If they are struggling to locate it you can share it as well. https://goo.gl/forms/HvgBRXrOnj1T11223
- If you are interested in doing a book tasting in the library to introduce your students to new topics and various genres please let me know. Mrs. Powers came to me with the idea and her students all found at least one new book they were interested in! Its a fun and simple way to introduce students to titles they may not normally seek out.
- Coding with Sphero will take place this Tuesday and Thursday in the makerspace during student lunches. Space will be limited due to a low number of Sphero’s so it will be first come first serve. This will be posted on all grade level Schoology pages.
- This weeks shared album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/A6X7auR20iJoeoFR2
You will probably reflect on a couple of things as you learn about Richie Parker:
- Experiencing pure admiration and joy for his story
- Wondering what was school like for him and do you have a classroom where he could thrive?
I got very emotional when I first heard his story and began researching him. At the end, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t feeling sorry for him but was being a support and challenge in his life. Would we be the teachers he remembers later in his life that were a part of ‘barrier-overcoming mentality’ development.
- Keyboards for iPads – Within the next month we will have keyboards that can be attached to the iPads for students to use. We are hoping to have a class set for each grade level to use.
- Shattered Screens – Please remind students that if they come to me with a shattered screen that they will most likely be charged a $50 fee. The iPad screen will not shatter if it falls off their desk.
Instructional Information and Ideas
Thank you to all Chapter 3 presenters…what a variety of presentations, platforms, engaging discussions, and takeaways. Several important concepts resonated with me while reading this past week:
- Establishing a school-wide data culture is needed to promote student growth mindset and ownership of data, #empowerment is the key!
- Choose a data source students can show rapid improvement, celebrate successes, then establish more ambitious goals.
- Make the data matter – “is it worthy of being counted?”
- Develop a usable system for teacher and student to gather, analyze, and present data
Odds and Ends:
- Please add True Blue Bulldog winners to Google Doc by Friday, December 15th
- Popcorn Party and Free Jeans Day planned for Wednesday, December 20th. Report for articles read @75% or higher will be generated on Monday, the 18th…please encourage your kiddos to continue reading and complete a book summary for each book read (link shared by Mrs. Shue via Schoology grade level groups)
- If you ARE NOT participating in Nearpod training, select an ISD for Tuesday at the following link: ISD Options
- Research validates the importance of the first and last five minutes of a class period in reference to student understanding and knowledge…in a nutshell the first and last part of instruction or class have the most impact on student achievement
- Warm-ups, bell ringers, logic problems, or a Do Now…engage students as soon as they enter the room:) Check out a few below:
- Estimation 180 Which one doesn’t belong? Logic Puzzles (any content)
“In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry.” Sela Ward
“One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger. 35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.” Jeff Bridges
We can make a difference for people facing hunger in our community. WRMS is having a food drive which started December 6 and lasts until December 18th. Homeroom teachers you were given a flyer and tally sheet last week, and students were given information on schoology. But our students often need a reminder. All teachers please help us encourage our students to bring in food. We can show them that they can make a difference in this community. Also, the winning homeroom will receive a prize. Thank you for helping the needy among us in West Rowan!
It is not too late to participate in Santa Paws and bring some Christmas cheer to some of our students. If you are out shopping, pick up athletic socks, cute socks, fast food gift cards, Wal-Mart gift cards, or some candy, and you will bring a smile to a Bulldog child.
Don’t worry; a little snow won’t stop us from rocking around the Christmas tree. We moved the dance to Friday, December 15 from 6-8. Proceeds will go toward the student need account. Please help us raise money for uniforms and other student needs by encouraging your students to attend the dance. Dance in the holidays!
Like wearing jeans? Everyday? Now you can do just that AND help some of our students who struggle. For a mere $15 you will be helping our student need account and earn comfy clothes.
Anyone interested in participating in staff secret santa, let Jenny Horton know. We will draw names on Tuesday and the exchange will happen Monday, December 18-Wednesday, December 20.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Monday Dec 11
- 7th Grade Horizons Trip
- Leadership 7th Grade
- Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
- 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home
- Faculty Meeting at 2:45 – Please make sure you access your Panorama Survey before the meeting. Everyone received an email with instructions
Tuesday Dec 12
- WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
Wednesday Dec 13
- WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
- EC Dept Meeting
Thursday Dec 14
- BT/Mentor Meeting
- 8th Basketball vs CLMS Home
- Band Booster Meeting
Friday Dec 15
- Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning
Saturday Dec 16
- RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament at WRHS
Monday Dec 18
- 8th Basketball vs EMS
Tuesday Dec 19
- Winter Band Concert
Wednesday Dec 20
- Popcorn Party and Free Jeans Day
Friday Dec 22
- WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
Monday Jan 1
- Happy New Years
Tuesday Jan 2
- SIT Meeting
Wednesday Jan 3
- 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
- 7th Basketball @ Southeast MS
Friday Jan 5
- WRMS Bulldog Wear
- RSS Teacher Breakfast w/ Dr Moody
Saturday Jan 6
- All District Band Auditions, Southpoint High School
Monday Jan 8
- Leadership 7th Grade
- 8th Basketball @ NRMS
- 7th Basketball vs NRMS at Home
Tuesday Jan 9
- Band Booster Meeting 6:30
Wednesday Jan 10
- RSS Rounding Visit
- 8th Basketball vs Knox MS at Home
Thursday Jan 11
- BT Mentor Meeting
- 7th Basketball @ Knox MS
Friday Jan 12
- WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 9:00 Gym
- WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 10:00 – 11:00
- WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 12:00 – 1:00
Saturday Jan 13
- RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS