Monday, May 25, 2015

A visual post...

Principal ponderings...
Since I have been in evaluation writing mode and dealing with an unhappy, teething baby all weekend...this week's post is going to be a short, visual one.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?!  Here are some images and quotes to make you think...

And this is what I like to call, the ultimate multi-tasking...

Currently reading:
I was very excited to get my ASCD monthly book in the mail this week.  It's called Peer Coaching. I'm looking forward to reading it and learning from it.  The description from the ASCD website states:
"Peer coaching offers a job-embedded learning strategy; it’s a valuable structure for supporting school-wide and district-wide priorities such as analyzing data, improving instruction, integrating technology, and implementing standards. In short, it creates an effective way to support the growth of every teacher and enrich learning processes in any school."

Events this week:
Tuesday - Grade 3 concert rehearsal from 9:30-11, after school discussion with Dr. Rodriguez about fellowship program @ 3:30 in the library
Wednesday - Last PARCC day, Kindergarten chorus practice @ 9:30, Liz at DESE conference, Grade 3 school concert @ 1:30, Scoopfest! @ 5:00 in Dracut
Thursday - Dianna at DESE conference, Kindergarten screening @ Prescott
Friday - Spring pictures in the conference room from 9:00-1:00 (only students who bring in paperwork), Kindergarten screening @ Prescott, Para appreciation luncheon @ 1:30 in the library

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Several parents worked hard to make the entrance outside of my office window beautiful!
  • The kindergartners and 1st graders enjoyed working with special guests from the Eric Carle museum.
  • I caught a kindergartner making his own paper version of Reflex math!
  • Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Novak stopped by our para meeting on Friday morning to talk about plans for professional development next year.
  • So glad Mrs. Kinneen called me into the gym so I could see one 4th grader helping another 4th grader to bowl!

Check it out:
Great idea for a different way to get kids talking about their writing and paying attention to feedback: 
What kind of writer are you?
Need a math challenge?
Wait time is so important, hard to do, but so important:
Help angry kids have better days:
And thank you to Sue Wynn for sharing this really cool video with me.  (And thanks to Andy Collins for sharing it with her!)  Amazing to think about re-wiring your brain!
One more fun thing to check out...learned about this at the MRA conference and I think I forgot to share it!  This blog is short entries about 1,000 awesome things:

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