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SSMS INSTRUCTIONAL STYLISTS

IMG_5536SSMS Coaches Motto:  “As your Instructional Stylists, We are Here to Make you Look Good”

 As we move forward with requirements and shifts in instructional practices aligned to the Florida Standards Assessments, it is our goal to provide you with ongoing and timely feedback from multiple sources. The instructional coaches have traveled together into classrooms to ensure they have a common understanding of the learning map, common language in providing feedback and viable strategies needed to support teachers. Their strengths are developing individualized instructional support driven by data and observation. All of our “Instructional Stylists” have worked at the district level, and have had the opportunity to train and observe instruction across the K-12 system. They are well versed in strategies to support teacher instruction and student learning.

The Coaches were provided with the following job embedded responsibilities and Coaching expectations on July 21, 2014:
1) Live and Breathe the Instructional Model
2) Data collection with teachers (as modeled during UF Coaching Institute)
3) Progress Monitor/DE Data analysis
4) Conduct Data Summits with teachers: (3 Rdg/LA; 2 Math/Science/Civics)
5) Support PLCs
6) Provide ongoing Professional Development
7) Support Teachers and Students
 
Our “Instructional Stylists” are onsite professional developers who teach us how to use evidence-based teaching practices and to support us in learning and applying these practices in a variety of educational settings.
 

                       “A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
~Ara Parasheghian

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 SSMS WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS 2014-2015

#1 :  Create a culture that empowers student leadership by infusing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Leadership opportunities in all classes.

#2:  Students will become Leaders of their Learning by setting goals, tracking progress and celebrating leadership roles.

#3:  Through implementing high yield instructional strategies that promote academic Rigor, students will make learning gains in all academic areas.

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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.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTION DAY  ACTIVITY: (1st 5-10 minutes of Leadership on November 4)

CLICK HERE FOR THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT Election Day PPT
Ballot information was emailed to the staff by Ms. Hernandez on 10/30/14, Contact Ms. Hernandez with questions

LEAD2FEED LESSON for November 4th

CLICK HERE and Select/Play Lesson 2: Unleash the Power of People Video

Students will turn to pg 137 in their Leadership Notebook, Complete  Lesson 2 Activity 1: Build Trust

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

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

*there is no need to print student edition. Students should be responding in Leadership Notebook under the Lead2feed tab.. page 137 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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District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School 
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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
 
  • NOVEMBER 5TH, 9:30 – 4:00 – COFFEE & CONVO WITH THE A-TEAM in Africa

Have a Great Weekend!

 

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Posted by on 10/31/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

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
 
ssms-pd-calendar-2014-2015
 
Department of Teaching & Learning 10 24 14
 
 
 
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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