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HOW DO STUDENTS LEARN?

data chatOn October 16, 2014, the SSMS A-Team provided an overview of the learning map and protocols to our new teachers. Teachers independently identified the 5 strategies that are most effective in helping students learn. Then they synergized and classified the strategies in the appropriate Design Question on the Learning Map, clearly seeing the connection between the two.  Through this process, they delved deeper into the content and revised their knowledge. Synergy at its BEST!!!  

 “First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge & enhance an idea, to reform it . . .
Revision is one of the true pleasures of writing (Learning).”               
                                                                                                      ~ Bernard Malamud
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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.

 Students will turn to pg 135 in their Leadership Notebook, Recap Lesson 1 Activity 1

Lead2Feed-Lessons-Teacher-Editions1- Lesson 1 Activity 2 & 3

Lead2Feed-Lessons-Student-Editions- Lesson 1 Activity 2 & 3*

*there is no need to print student edition. Students should be responding in Leadership Notebook under the Lead2feed tab.. page 135 for this activity…student edition mirrors teacher edition”

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1-1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
Ms. Madrid has your additional copy in her office, if you have not already picked it up.
 
 
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GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 5TH, 9:30 – 4:00 – COFFEE & CONVO WITH THE A-TEAM in Africa
  • Deliberate Practice Deadline Extended to October 24, 2014
  • CLICK Here for the Deliberate Practice Timeline for Teachers & Administrators
  • CLICK Here for the DELIBERATE PRACTICE PLAN IN iOBSERVATION
  • CLICK Here for HOW THE INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE SCORE IS GENERATED
  • CLICK Here for TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM INDICATOR SCORING GUIDELINES

Have a Great Weekend!

DON’T FORGET RED RIBBON WEEK BEGINS ON MONDAY!!!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 10/24/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

SSMS HURRICANES: RACE FOR THE CURE!

IMG_5332As just about everybody knows, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness and to raise funds for research. It also reminds women to be “breast cancer aware” for early detection. But what is the history of this international event, which is so major that even pro football players wear pink on four or five Sundays each year?  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs. The aim of NBCAM at the start was to promote mammography as the most effective weapon against breast cancer.

What about the pink ribbon? Where did that, what is now a ubiquitous symbol of NBCAM and breast cancer awareness in general, come from?  In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon of AIDS awareness.  Then, in 1993, Alexandra Penney, editor-in-chief of the women’s health magazine Self, and Evelyn Lauder, breast cancer survivor and Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol. The ribbon was distributed it in stores throughout New York City, on the strength of the Estée Lauder brand, and its status as the symbol of support for breast cancer awareness was cemented.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice
at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
                                                                                                          ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

LEADERSHIP LESSON FOR October 21, 2014:

 This week you will hold your class competitions!   The attached power-point provides a quick review of how to make a handshake and presents three scenarios to discuss. Some suggestions for how to handle the scenarios:

Scenario 1: Should you be introduced to someone when your hands are full, carrying files or other packages, don’t try to rearrange everything. Simply nod your head as you respond to the introduction.Scenario 2: If the left arm is broken, proceed as normal. However, if the right arm is broken, most will offer their left hand for a handshake, in which you make the adjustment quickly. Overall, just follow their lead or simply acknowledge the person verbally in a polite manner. Smile, make eye contact and be genuine.Scenario 3: Politely interrupt and ask if it is a good time to speak.

After reviewing the slides, hold your class competition. You may use the inside/outside circles to structure your completion if you would like. You may choose the winner of have the students vote. Please send you winner’s name to Julie Ciocca by the end of the day Wednesday. The students will be in the next round on Friday, during club time.

 

Let’s Get ready for Round 1

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GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
 
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • Student Government, All Leadership Classes, ASD Program and Lighthouse Class will be teaming up to conduct non-perishable food drives for our annual “Harvest Collection” from 10-14-14 until 12-19-14. There will be green decorated collection boxes in various campus locations, front office, media center, cafeteria, guidance, and one box on each floor in the academic building. Items collected will be delivered to Casselberry Care Cabin next door and The SafeHouse of Seminole. See Ms. Orozco for more information.
  • Deliberate Practice Deadline Extended to October 24, 2014\
  • CLICK Here for the Deliberate Practice Timeline for Teachers & Administrators
  • CLICK Here for the DELIBERATE PRACTICE PLAN IN iOBSERVATION
  • CLICK Here for HOW THE INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE SCORE IS GENERATED
  • CLICK Here for TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM INDICATOR SCORING GUIDELINES

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 10/17/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

SSMS EMPOWERMENT DAY: ASSESSING THE 7 HABITS!

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Hello Hurricanes.. Your participation in Empowerment Today, whether big or small, has assisted us in making strides in obtaining our school’s vision of “Empowering, Inspiring and Connecting our students to become 21st Century Leaders”.  As educators we are lifelong learners, which is “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. We are able to grow whether we are “Interacting with New Knowledge” or “Deepening our Understanding”. When we think there is nothing else to learn…We must think again.  Thanks for a Great Day!!!

Below is an overview of the goals of Empowerment Day:

  • Understand a higher-order application of the 7 Habits and other leadership tools.
  • Create deeper leadership learning experiences for students.
  • Equip our school with some real-world tools and best practices for empowering students.
  • Learn the specifics about how to build Leadership Notebooks for each child. (Leadership Notebooks build on the foundation of Data Notebooks, but expand them to a more whole-child leadership tool.)
  • Learn how to help students set and achieve goals in the most effective way.
  • Explore a more empowering way to approach student leadership roles.
  • The use of leadership and quality tools, Student-Led Conferences, and helping students identify and apply their strengths also are part of this higher-order application.

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

Continue to Shine Hurricanes!

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

Hurricane Shake Leadership Lesson October 14, 2014

1. Show the attached PowerPoint to the class. There are discussion questions on the slides, engage the students through think- pair-share discussions. There are three videos embedded. If the videos do not play properly, the links are on the slides.
2. After viewing the PowerPoint, students will practice shaking hands. One way to do this is to use a modified version of the Kagan Structure “Inside-Outside Circle.” Directions for this structure are attached.
 

 

 
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GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
 
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 10/10/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND: TACKLING FSA

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It is essential that our teachers experience the rigor of the spring assessments as soon as possible so that their level of instruction is aligned to the rigor of these tests. What better way to experience it, than to just jump right in….All teachers and Administrators will be taking the provided FSA Practice Tests. This was also recommended at our Town Hall meeting by Dr. Cote, Deputy Superintendent. We reviewed snippets of the Florida Standards Assessments during pre plan and additionally exposed you to the Writing requirements. The following date has been allocated for your Curriculum PLCs to dig deeper and take the FSA Practice Tests:

October 8, 2014, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Math Curriculum PLC Rm 3-231 (FSA Math)
                                                                SS/Sci/Electives Media Center  (FSA ELA)
                                                                Language Arts/Reading PLC Rm 3-240 * (FSA ELA)
 
The A-team has a portion of our weekly meeting dedicated to taking  “ALL”  FSA tests.. It has been an eye opener. 
 

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”  ― Stephen R. Covey

 
 
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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.

 

 
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GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
 
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
 
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Posted by on 10/03/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

GRAPH IT/RATE IT/DATE IT!

IMG_1047Students tracking performance on their Learning Goal in Ms. Stalker’s & Ms. Trenholm’s Class

Hello Hurricanes,

When students know what their learning target is they are better able to set goals and monitor their own progress. On average, the practice of having students track their own progress was associated with a 32 percentile point gain in their achievement (www.marzanoresearch.com/research/strategy20_trackingprogress.aspx). As we continue to move toward our goal of “Teaching Down the Gap”. Review the process of facilitating the learning goal.

Teachers explicitly instruct and provide opportunities for students to analyze data and set meaningful learning goals by:

  • Analyzing class and student data to set goals and change instruction.
  • Working collaboratively with students to reflect on their learning progress and performance.
  • Establishing processes for students to continuously collect, analyze, and use data to track progress, improve performance, and reach their learning goals (i.e. continuous improvement tools, data notebooks, tracking tools, capacity matrix and/or portfolios.)

I wanted to highlight one of the quotes from our Culturally Relevant Teaching Series Wednesday morning. It is a powerful statement….

 “I always tell folks that I grew up black and poor.  I then ask them why am I not part of the achievement gap?  It is because I had OPPORTUNITIES and EXPECTATIONS. My teachers closed those gaps for me so I am                            not a part of what we euphemistically call the achievement gap.”
                                                                                                             –-Patrick Briggs, AVID CenterEd

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.

 Students will turn to pg 133 in their Leadership Notebook, Play Video prior to activity…

Be Your Best Self: Lesson 1 Video for Tuesday 9/30/14

Lead2Feed-Lessons-Teacher-Editions1- Lesson 1 Activity 1

Lead2Feed-Lessons-Student-Editions- Lesson 1 Activity 1

CLICK HERE for Leadership Schedule Semester 1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
 
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

“BEING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE”

photoHurricanes’ Exploring Learning from Reading Edge, Bobble Heads, Speech & Debate and our youngest Hurricane “Baby Casiano” is right in the middle of Home Economics’ cooking activities : ) Learning is taking place at SSMS!

We are often leery of changing routine or changing what we know works, whether it be in our professional or personal lives.  As we look at the new assessments and the expectations of our students, we realize that the rigor and student tasks are higher. We must find innovative ways to meet the needs of our students and take them to the next level.  I saw this on Ms. Firios’ board today during walk-throughs, “Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable”  this quote really hit me.  This sums up the learning process and the risks we and ask our students  take daily. It means that we must continue  to learn new things and push ourselves to think about doing things better and more efficiently than we currently are doing them.  Sometimes this means switching or experimenting with a new instructional tool; sometimes it means using your existing toolbox more effectively; sometimes it means listening to educators with less experience in order to learn new trends. And always it means we never stay the same and we are always challenging the status quo.  This is uncomfortable… but it is necessary.

In the words of Ashton Kutcher:
” I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. 
As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.”

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.

 Students will turn to pg 131 to answer Leadership Pre-Post Survey.  A rubric for discussion is attached below

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LEAD2FEED-Surveyrubric- 9/22/14

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
Department of T & L  updates will be emailed separately when received
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19th
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 09/19/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

“ALL MEANS ALL”

 photo“USES RESPONSE RATE TECHNIQUES TO MAINTAIN STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN QUESTIONS AND MONITORS FOR EVIDENCE OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE TECHNIQUES KEEP THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS ENGAGED”

 Hello Hurricanes!!!!!,

Indicators 24 and 26 are part of every element…because ALL means ALL. The Hawk, Indicator 24, states that the teacher scans the room making note of when students are not engaged and takes overt action. Indicator 26 states that the teacher uses response rate techniques to maintain student engagement in questions….Simply stated..Keep ALL kids engaged and participating in the lesson.  Ms. Odom utilizes white boards for students to display their answers in a “brief” review to access student knowledge on the upcoming Chapter 1  test.  If you need additional support with ideas and innovations to engage students in class, don’t hesitate to contact your Instructional Coach, Curriculum Administrator or Peer teachers.

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
                                                                                               ~Clay P. Bedford

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 

Leadership Lesson-September 9 – Be Proactive Prezi

Click Here for PowerPoint Version of Leadership Lesson- September 9 – Be Proactive

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
The Growth Mindset Training for September 17th has been rescheduled to provide time for Grade Input
 

A Word from Ms. Trenholm…”Writing in Global Links”

Department of T & L  updates will be emailed separately when received

 
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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19th
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 09/12/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
 
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