A Spring Potpourri

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A “hot” video about homework on Twitter
Homework has become a very “hot” topic in the ed biz lately. There’s lots of controversy about its importance and effectiveness, particularly at the elementary level.  At the very least, there’s compelling evidence to suggest that the traditional worksheet approach really doesn’t do very much to enhance our students’ understanding of the content we’ve taught.  Many educators have re-thought their practices and if they’re giving homework at all, it’s much more creative and engaging than a spelling assignment.  There’s an educator/author I follow named Dave Burgess. His book, entitled “Teach Like a Pirate” is known for making the case that student engagement is enhanced by teacher passion and enthusiasm. He can be very provocative on many topics and homework isn’t an exception.  Click the link below to view his short video on homework.  It’s entitled “Empty Kids Into the Gift Shop” and he uses theme park marketing as his inspiration for what educators need to do with homework assignments.  It’s getting a lot of buzz on Twitter, so I thought
I’d share it.  Let me know what you think about the spirit of what he’s describing.

Other Twitter Highlights:

Todd Whitaker:

Teaching kids to read is a teacher’s job. Teaching kids to love reading is a teacher’s gift.  #StartRightNow

Some teachers are holding out for summer break. The best teachers are taking advantage of every minute to make memories. #JoyfulLeaders

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Celebrate libraries, librarians & all that support school libraries! 💚 It’s #schoollibrarymonth!

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  1. Every kid can grow her math understanding by embracing challenges and learning from mistakes.

    “I am giving you this feedback because I believe in you!” Great TED Talk by

News

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Some lovely attendees
  •  The Spring Fling
    • What a great night this was!  Thank you to all of the staff who attended the event as well as those of you who allowed the PTO to offer you up as “prizes”.  They fetched a mighty sum!  We’ll hear about the grand total early this week, I’m sure.
  • PBIS Incentive Celebration Re-schedule
    • Due to a conflict on Friday April 7th in the afternoon, we are going to have to revise the schedule as follows for the Olympic games:
      • Kindergarten- 10:30-10:50 am
      • Grades 1 and Grade 2- 10:50-11:10 am
      • Grades 3 and Grade 4- 11:10-11:30 
  • Staff News sharing- in an effort to have a consistent means of communicating important information to the Mohegan staff community, I will share it via Mustang Monday or my weekly email.  If you have information that you’d like the staff to know, please send it to me and I’ll be sure to share it in a timely manner.  In addition, if anyone experiences a death or illness in the family, I will check with those staff members to learn how or if you want to share it publicly. 
  • Please update your PBIS data on the Google doc by Thursday of this week so we can update our bulletin board by Friday morning

Noteworthy Noticings

  • Grade 3 Team Perimeter/Area Activity-Wow! What a creative and brilliant means to ensure that students are applying and practicing their knowledge of this challenging math topic, while keeping the entire grade engaged! They were having a blast while they were learning the material on a kinesthetic level which helped many of them, I’m sure.
  • Grade 4 Book Talks- It was obvious how much the students enjoyed the unit on historical fiction and book clubs- This activity gave them a means to share their learning in a variety of modes- drama, writing, and cooperation/collaboration.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 4th- Grade 1 ASC Meeting 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 5th- Faculty Meeting- 7:50 am- PBIS Committee
  • Thursday, April 6th- Kindergarten ASC Meeting- 3:00 pm
  • Friday, April 7th- PBIS Assembly- 9:30 am-
    • 10:00 Sam Jones celebration-  Cabbage plant
    • 10:30 Olympics incentive begins for Kindergarten- see schedule above
  • Friday, April 7th- 3:00 pm- Rosa Parks Play- Mrs. Maturo’s class
  • Grade 2 to view
  • Monday April 10-Friday, April 14th – Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 18th- Kindergarten New Parent Night- 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 25th- Literacy Night- 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Friday, May 5th- Grandparent’s Day
  • Thursday, May 11th- Rita’s fundraiser
 

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