Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flying By. . .

Well, this month certainly feels like it is flying by!  It has been an amazing month so far and I appreciate all of your hard work getting assessments done for all of our kiddos.   I know it has been crazy trying to get all of them in and I appreciate your flexibility with scheduling, etc in order to collect all of this data!

I wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to Marnie for opening up her house for our TCE Social on Friday.  It was such a fun time with lots of smiles and laughter!  It is so wonderful to continue building relationships with our TCE family.  We will plan on having some more gatherings each month and if you think of an activity that would be fun for our staff, please let me know!  

I am so excited to be back on campus this week, but I wanted you to know that my Apple conference/briefing went great!  The company worked with our group on our current goals with technology and technology integration and helped brainstorm future plans for our district.  The most important thing I walked away with from the conference was feeling that TCE was definitely on the right track with everything technology!  I am so pleased to already see how your educator Google Sites are starting off for the year and how I can see the emphasis on blended and flipped learning opportunities for your learners both inside and outside of the classroom posted and incorporated into your lesson design!

We will touch base more this year with some of what I gathered at Apple.  The two big ideas that we have already been looking into at TCE are creating and assessing using iBooks Author and looking at how we might use iTunes University. 

Click below for info on iBooks Author

Click below for info on iTunes University

Upcoming Weekly Events 

for Sept.22nd-26th

Book Fair All Week

Monday-  5th grade Assessment Planning Day (Literacy Library)
3rd, 4th and 5th grade teams Meet briefly 3:15 (Marly's room)
Team Leader Meeting 3:35 C106 

Tuesday-  Angie Admin Mtg. Morning
4th grade Assessment Planning Day  (Literacy Library)
Growing Young Educators Program for 1st and 2nd Year TCE Educators (Brett will let you know where and when)

Wednesday- 3rd grade Assessment Planning Day (Lit. Library)
Vertical Team Meeting 3:15 LA/SS Jennifer M.'s room M/S Kasey K's room
***Educator Goals must be entered into Appraise 
Thursday- Educator Goal Setting Meetings
Science Facilitator-David Noel meet briefly w/Science teachers (during conference) 
Friday- Special Friend's Day (All Day) 
"TCE Tailgate" Celebrating 20 Years 5:00-7:30pm

Announcement Weekly Info

Life Principle:  Resiliency

Cowboy Courtesy:  Learn from your mistakes and move on.

ABC of Etiquette:  Do not chew with your mouth open.

Important Reminders and Updates

Child Abuse Training
 Make sure you read the email from Kelly about Child Abuse training and complete those modules by Tuesday, September 30th! 

Digital Literacy Course  
Please make sure that you are staying on track with finishing this course up soon and making sure to touch base with Brad or Alicia if you need any support!

Educator Goal Setting 
Remember that your goals need to be entered into Appraise by Wednesday, September 24th.  Brett and I will have a letter for you this week that shows who your evaluator will be this year as well as the windows for observations.  If you would like to discuss your goals before entering it or if you have any questions at all, please let us know and we would be happy to visit with you! 

CISD Education Foundation
 Our wonderful CISD Education Foundation is once again selling t-shirts this year to help support our learners and educators!  Marnie will be collecting the funds for the shirts.  Also, we are doing a promotion again this year for the shirt!  If you purchase a CISD Education Foundation Red and Black Backer shirt, you may have 6 jeans passes!!  That's right folks 6 jeans day passes!  These can be used during the months of September and October!  
IMPORTANT:  I found out from Ed. Foundation that they are selling them for $10 instead of $15 for educators!! 
Special Friend's Day and TCE Tailgate
 Please remember that we will have many visitors in the building on Friday.  Make sure that your visitors have tags from the office and that you may want to make sure you have any valuables put away such as your purse, etc.  Here is the schedule for the day.  
Kindergarten: 8:30 am - 9:30am
First Grade: 9:30am – 10:30am
Second Grade: 10:30am – 11:30am
Third Grade: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fourth Grade: 12:30pm -1:30pm
Fifth Grade: 11:30am – 12:30pm
 Remember that it is an expectation for everyone to come out for at least an hour to our event on Friday evening.  This is one of those events that helps our parents and community to see all of our TCE staff and get the chance to visit and have fun together!  Please touch base with me if you have a conflict with this evening. 
Technology Showcase Night 
Sorry I wasn't able to get the sign-up sheet up last week!  Will have it up tomorrow!  Also, please be thinking of which learners can help you by presenting your info.  I will put some ideas up on the board as well of possible presentations/learning for sessions!

Alicia 2nd
Sue 5th
Cindy 27th

Shout Outs!
  • Specials team for throwing an amazing shower for Alicia and soon to be here Libby!

  • Linda Cook, Kelly Spears and Brett Shelby for holding the fort down while I was out at the conference!

  • Alicia for getting our Therapy Dogs all set up and ready to be there for our kiddos this year!

Resources and Strategies for Behavior and Classroom Management
It is already getting to be the time of year when our kiddos are feeling more comfortable in the classroom and you may be thinking about needing some additional strategies to help with transitions, positive reinforcements, etc.  I have found a few resources online and some on Pinterest that might be useful.   We will also be making sure that our Texan Tickets are ready to go this week for our K-2 to shop with in the General Store and our 3rd-5th grade to use for coupons from the General Store.  (more info to come on this)
From those of us who have been in education for a while and to those of you who might be brand new to teaching, everyone can always benefit by looking for various ways to help all of our learners be successful!  This includes ways to help with transitions, classroom learning environment, school environment and especially those learners who may struggle finding appropriate outlets for their energy, frustrations, etc.  

Think about. . .
  • Using music for transitions with learners for lining up, cleaning up, transitioning to stations, etc.
  • Using hand signals for things like going to the restroom, water, etc.
  • Using call backs to gain attention
  • Using timers to help with keeping on pace and for those learners who struggle with time and getting things accomplished

  • Having Brain Breaks where your kiddos can get up and move or regain focus

  • Increasing the amount of positive comments/notes used in the classroom for learners

  • Having clear expectations for learners when working independently, with partners or in groups
Click below to see action ideas for cup!

Gem Jar - This is a classroom management idea to reward whole class behavior. Have a cut out of a jar taped to the board. There are also a bunch of magnetic gems. When the class WOW's me, add a gem to the class jar. When other classes compliment our behavior in the hallway, the cafeteria, or sadd a gem. When the class fills the whole jar, they vote on their class reward. Pajama Day, Sit where you like at Lunch, etc. 

 Final Quote

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