Weekly Round Up 3/20/16

We have 2 more weeks until we get a well-deserved break.  Hang in there — we can do this!  Our students take their cues from us, so our energy level and optimism will go a long way with our kids.

Also, last spring I started highlighting a different component of the KY Framework for Teaching each week to help us break down this complex document to better understand the expectations for effective classroom teaching.  This week I have summarized the last one below, but I want to single this one out for additional discussion.  Component 4D, Showing Professionalism, is a very important component for us to study, because if we are all accomplished or exemplary in Showing Professionalism, most of the other components will fall into place.

The description from the KFT states:

Teaching at the highest levels of performance in this component is student-focused, putting students first, regardless of how this sense of priority might challenge long-held assumptions, past practices, or simply what is easier or more convenient for teachers.

 

Some of the expectations of this component require us to challenge our assumptions about the responsibility of the adults for student learning and success.  If every one of our students is not successful, then are we successful?  I started this school year with a challenge: WHAT IF…?  What if this were the year that not one of your students failed, not because you lowered your expectations but because you did everything in your power to ensure that each student was successful?  This is exactly what Component 4D demands!


 

EXCELLENT CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION

  • This is an incredibly important article about Diagnostic Teaching.  There is a lot of information here and a lot to think about, but if you try these strategies piece by piece, you could find your students improving their learning and mastery of standards in surprising ways.
  • Next year we will hopefully be implementing a new writing plan with a school-wide focus on increasing and improving student writing in all areas.  Here is a nice list of reasons to help students – and teachers – understand the importance of good, effective writing.
  • Close Reading tip: One way to improve students’ reading skills is to build their prior, background knowledge about a variety of topics.  This is especially important for lower performing students who may not be exposed to or have opportunities to discuss events in the world.  This article explains how a teacher incorporated the strategy of Article of the Week to improve students’ reading skills and background knowledge.

PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

Domain 4 Professional Responsibilities; Component F – Showing Professionalism

  • Integrity and Ethical Conduct
  •  Service to Students
  •  Advocacy
  •  Decision Making
  •  Compliance with School and District Regulations

Expert teachers demonstrate professionalism in service both to students and to the profession. Teaching at the highest levels of performance in this component is student focused, putting students first, regardless of how this sense of priority might challenge long-held assumptions, past practices, or simply what is easier or more convenient for teachers. Accomplished teachers have a strong moral compass and are guided by what is the best interest of students. Such educators display professionalism in a number of ways. For example, they conduct their interactions with colleagues with honesty and integrity. They know their students’ needs and seek out resources in order to step in and provide help that may extend beyond the classroom. Teachers advocate for their students in ways that might challenge traditional views and the educational establishment, seeking greater flexibility in the ways school rules and policies are applied. These dedicated educators also display their professionalism in the ways they approach problem solving and decision making, with student needs in mind. Finally, teachers consistently adhere to school and district policies and procedures but are willing to work to improve those that may be outdated or ineffective.

The indicators of instruction considered Accomplished are:

  • Teacher displays high standards of honesty, integrity, and confidentiality in interactions with colleagues, students and the public.
  • Teacher is active in serving students, working to ensure that all students receive a fair opportunity to succeed.
  • Teacher maintains an open mind in team or departmental decision-making.
  • Teacher complies fully with school and district regulation.

Some critical attributes seen in an Accomplished classroom are:

  • Teacher is honest and known for having high standards of integrity.
  • Teacher actively addresses student needs.
  • Teacher actively works to provide opportunities for student success.
  • Teacher willingly participates in team and departmental decision-making.
  • Teacher complies completely with school district regulations.

Question for Reflection: In your summative evaluation, how will you demonstrate that your performance is Accomplished in Domain 4, Component F?


 

SOCIAL CURRICULUM

PBIS Tip: “Cooperation and Focus”

To ensure cooperation and focus, structure your class period in a way that students know what to do as soon as they walk in the door. By having a consistent structure in place, students will feel comfortable in the routine of the classroom.


BRAVO!

starBrava to Eva Rouse and to her orchestras for receiving straight Distinguished ratings at KMEA!

star Good luck to our Academic Team as they compete in the state Governor’s Cup competitions this weekend!

starCongratulations to our winners in this week’s perfect attendance drawing — Scott McDonald and Donna Evans!  I will deliver your prize to you Monday.


NEWS & UPDATES

√ All JCPS employees — certified and classified — are required to watch a training video about Harassment and Discrimination and complete a very short quiz.  This must be completed by April 1.  We are required to have 100% compliance for this activity.

Please follow this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/o8RB57qXBrU.  Then, use this link to complete the quiz.  You will need your employee ID when you take the quiz (it’s on your paychecks, if you can’t find it elsewhere).  You will earn 2 hours of professional development credit for completion of these 2 items.  Once we have 100% completion, we will have the PD sign-in sheet for you to sign.  

We will also need to show a video to the students about this topic.  I will provide details about that at a later time.

**I requested an updated list Friday after school.  I will send it out when I get it.

√ This week our certified teaching staff are asked to complete the VAL-ED survey.  This is the first year for this survey, and it will be given the alternate years that we don’t do the TELL survey.  The VAL-ED survey is only about me and is part of my summative evaluation, like the Student Voice Survey is a piece of teacher evaluations.  I will put a paper in your mailboxes that will have a code on it.  The survey is anonymous, and you can switch papers if you want — no one tracks who gets what code.  

√ Also, it’s time for the JCPS Comprehensive Schools Survey.  We have been getting e-mails from the district with links to the survey.  Please take a few minutes and complete this:

School Based Certified: http://tinyurl.com/jcpsSbCertified2016

School Based Classified: http://tinyurl.com/jcpsSbClassified2016


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Happy Birthday in March to: Shaneice Bridwell (5th), Jana Cummings (7th), Jesse Whitt (7th), Belinda Hafell (10th), Tami Slaughter (10th), Mike Jackson (11th), Tyrome Neal (11th), Adam Hartigan (15th), Ray Yaksic (19th), Laura Younkin (19th), Eva Rouse (24th), Yvonne Riggs (25th), Sandy Ramsey (29th), Scott McDonald (30th)!

 

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