Sunday, April 17, 2016

What's Our Priority?

We've got another busy, but awesome week ahead of us!

As the year comes to a close sometimes we can begin to think that we can slow down our instructional practices.  But the sad truth is that our kiddos come from home environments that don't allow us the luxury of slacking on education.  So I started thinking, what is our priority?  What do we deem important in the classroom?

It is so imperative that we give 100% every day. Our kids deserve that from us.

I'm going to start having a couple days a week where I walk through the entire campus 3-4 times and take notes.

Last week was my first week of doing that.  I walked and I was just looking for three things.

1. Who was sitting with a small group of students and working with them?
2.  Who was sitting at their desk/table and just grading papers or on a computer while kids were in the room?
3.  Who was providing direct instruction to the whole classroom?

I wanted to get a glimpse of where our campus was.  So I walked through the campus four times a day on three different days.

Our kids are tough.  They are exhausting.  But they still need the best from us even in April and May! Let's continue to give them the best education possible.

After walking through a total of 12 times, here was the percentage breakdown...

Teachers were:
Working in small groups - 13% of the time
Sitting at Table/desk by themselves with no kids - 40% of the time
Teachers doing direct instruction - 47% of the time

As we finish out the year let's increase some of those percentages and bring down others!  As we go on I'm going to start looking for other things too like student collaboration, and behavior, and more.  

We all have to be always groing, and we're not going to grow if we don't push ourselves!  The thing I love about Webb though is that it's so evident that we're all here to help these kids. Every single child.  And though we're all exhausted I know we can pull together to continue to give our kiddos the best possible education up until the final day of school!

Team Planning

Monday - 5th
Tuesday - 4th
Wednesday - 3rd
Thursday - 2nd
Friday - 1st


Lauren Cecil - Monday, April 18
Liz Griesbach - Wednesday, April 20

CHANGE in CAMP on Monday

Due to Doc Brown being on campus for 3rd-5th graders, there will be a slight change in the Camp Schedule for a few grades.

Kindergarten will now go to camp at 9:20-10:05am
First Grade will now go at 10:10-10:55am
5th Grade will now go at 1:45-2:30pm

All others will stay the same

Doc Brown

As stated above, the district has hired motivational speaker Doc Brown to talk to our 3rd-5th graders.  He will be here from 1:45-2:45pm in the Cafeteria.

Week At a Glance

Monday - Doc Brown (3rd-5th) 1:45-2:45pm
Staff Meeting 3:45-4:45pm
School Board Mtg 6:30-Forever

Tuesday - 5th Grade Field Trip (Nesloney is Admin in Attendance)

Wednesday - Becky Harrison on Campus for Final Time
Spring & Group Photos
Staff Photo at 7:30am
Garret off campus for a portion of the day

Thursday - Nesloney & Marvel off campus (Please be cognizant of discipline on this day, admin are short handed)

FridayNesloney & Marvel off campus (Please be cognizant of discipline on this day, admin are short handed)

Kids Deserve It

A great interview with Kid President creator Brad Montague


Rockstar Educators

Calli Goss - Calli is a first year teacher in 3rd grade.  I have watched Calli grow so much over the course of this year in classroom management, instructional practice, and more!  She's asked for lots of advice and is so deeply concerned about her students.  I can't wait to see what Calli will do with her second year as she begins to feel more and more secure about the skills that she has to help make her students and our school even better!

Doris Banks - If you ever need a laugh Doris will provide one.  I have been so in awe of the creativity Doris has when it comes to some of the art ideas that she is doing with her students.  Plus they are learning some great history and more.  I am so thankful we have our students getting an art education in addition to everything else they learn here at school.  Doris is a great asset to Webb!

Ashley Dietert - Ashely is one of our Kinder teachers.  Ashley has such potential and I've watched her grow so much this year!  She has pushed herself and really found a groove.  She's got a great personality and has really great conversations with her students.  She also is great at taking advice and seeking out help!  I can't wait to watch Ashely grow more and more.  She's such a force to be reckoned with.

Let's make this another amazing week not only for our kiddos but also for each other!  We're a team and a team steps up and supports each other as much as the kids!  If there's anything we can do as an admin team to provide you with more support please let me know!!

Let's inspire kids to be creative.  And let's learn alongside them!

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