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Sunday, October 22, 2017

2018-2019 Learning Teaching Prep and Plans List


This will be my personal focus next year. 

There is great satisfaction in teaching well. To work with a team of colleagues, students, families, and administrators to prepare and implement good work to elevate students learning, self-concept, happiness, and capacity is a terrific way to use your energy and focus your time. 

As I think of prioritizing and targeting efforts for the 2018-2019 school year, I'm thinking about the work I will do to support students' learning paths, paths that lead to success with learning-to-learn strategies, social emotional learning, collaboration, communication, and academic standards.

What efforts and evidence will foster this work in the days ahead? The focus during the start of school includes the following:
  • Social-Emotional Learning and Team Building
  • The Language and Behavior of Learning 
  • Community Building 
  • Relationship Building 
  • Teamwork, positive routines, and norms in STEAM, math, science classes. 
School Year Prep and Planning Chart 
Information highlighted needs to be done soon.
Spring/Summer School Prep for 2018-2019
  • Continue to Update local union website. Ongoing
  • Keep a supply list throughout the year and Order supplies - ongoing.
  • Determine classroom needs, complete order forms, shop for supplies, and keep receipts.  The PTO gives us a few hundred dollars for supplies, but we have to turn in receipts to get that. . Match with system-wide initiatives
  • Review student teacher guidelines/information for fall student teacher efforts

Teacher Prep Days at end of August:
  • Plan to purchase items that help you to be personally ready and energized to teach--inspiring signage, healthy snacks. . .
  • Organize all materials and classroom - Room Set Up - last week in August
  • Focus on the parent handbook and needed signatures at Curriculum Night
  • Focus on the student handbooks and signatures during the first days of school - Xerox copies
  • Ask about required school forms during set-up days to plan accordingly
First Six Weeks of School Year

For Teacher
  • Complete Mandated Online Trainings: This takes about a half day. Make sure that the trainings are up to date at time of completion. Summer/Fall 2017
  • PLC Start: Establish overall focus, norms, roles, protocols. . . .
  • Send out forms, notices right away--and have extras at parents' night for parents to fill out there if needed. 
  • Curriculum Night: Establishing the Learning Community, Extended time: one hour in gymnasium with a presentation/sound (date? time?)
  • Parent surveys: Paper survey worked better than online survey last year. Refine this with colleagues
  • Send out weekly newsletters
  • Evaluation Professional Learning and Practice Goals: Update goals to reflect system-wide goals, summer work, review with admin., continue efforts to meet goals.
For Students:

Day One
  1. What's your name? Read name list. Discuss importance of names. Show funny name video.
  2. Review sign in, lunch count, and class jobs procedures.
  3. Review supply list. Make sure that every child has supplies he/she needs. Organize and store supplies. Collect summer math study packets (review in evening).
  4. Review room set up, assign studio stations and discuss set-up, expectations, and share.
  5. Review recess rules, recess.
  6. Focus on What is a team? What makes a team strong? Introduce notecard tower activity. Students work with team to create note card towers. Students complete lab reports, meet and share. 
  7. Review and practice transition and lunch routines. Review schedule.
  8. Begin read aloud. Visualization and Empathy to understand historic context and roles as we read historic texts including James Printer, a Novel of Rebellion
  9. Review homework: make a word find of classmates' and teachers' names by hand on graph papers so every child get to see and read each others names. 
  10. Review end-of-day routine and recess.
Day Two
  1. Collect homework. Review names, jobs, needed forms, news board, and Practice Routines that Matter again. Just Breathe: Making the most of the mindful moment and other morning routines. 
  2. Tell the story of our United States Constitution, and review school handbook which is like a constitution for our school. What makes our school handbook similar or dissimilar to the United States constitution? Active Reading: The Student Handbook: What do we do well and what can we get better at--how can we shortlist the handbook rules and protocols to a memorable phrase, sign, poem, or acronym? How can we make these rules and protocols are own?
  3. Work in teams to determine our class government? Share ideas. Work on using handbook and class government ideas to write a class constitution. 
  4. Review transition, recess, and lunch routines. Recess
  5. Work with folders to create window collages of what everyone sees and knows about you (outside of folder) and parts of you that people might not know and that you want to share in this activity. (Integrating SEL chapter 6)
  6. Review homework: Parent/Guardian timeline interview
  7. Read Aloud
  8. Recess
Day Three: First transitions
  1. Review names, jobs, and routines again.
  2. What is the Declaration of Independence? 
  3. What was the context of time, place, and experience that led Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence and what does the phrase "All men are created equal" mean today? How can we rephrase this for our classroom?
  4. Read the Declaration of Independence together. Discuss history of "All men are created equal" and if that stands the test of time? How can we rephrase that statement for modern times and for our grade-level team?
  5. Review transition, recess, lunch routines. Recess
  6. Review timeline project. 
  7. Time Line Prepparent interview, template, Dream Me activity, and ImportantChanges (Integrating SEL p. 82-84) Coordinate with tech teacher. Prepare for the project which will be completed in tech class. Self Awareness with Timelines: Students will create a time line that includes a parent or guardian's main event before they were born from birth onward, their own main events, and 4-5 events they imagine for their future. This will be done in technology class. Prepare for this activity with early-year homework and classwork including "Dream Me" activity from chapter 6 in Integrating SEL. 
  8. Read Aloud
Many early year activities
come from this book. 
Days Ahead in Homeroom
  • Review TeamFive website together. Introduce computer use, protocols, safety, digital citizenship. 
  • Marshmallow-Spaghetti Towers
  • Build a tower with four pieces of paper that can hold a quarter.
  • Team Talk: What is a learning community? What makes a learning community successful? What matters when it comes to being a successful learner? What matters when it comes to being a positive learning community member?
  • Complete class constitution, sign, and hang up for all to see. 
  • Set up showcase portfolios and complete Happiness Surveys at start of year. Review this with colleagues -- front page cover ideas and back cover potentially "one word posters."
We may want to embed this language in portfolio efforts
  • Your one word project and Video with Students. Teach/Review Google Draw.
  • Personal Assessment: Godilocks Games (p. 94-95) is a good activity for children to do an early assessment of themselves. This will provide good information for teachers and family members as they goal set with and for students.  (SEL book)
  • What is a Hero? Who are your heroes? Identifying honorable characteristics, finding people to look up to, learn from,  and follow in real time, history, and literature, sharing the story of Malala.
  • What is your point of view or perception? The birds story, a discussion on classroom needs, wants, and desires.
  • Peer Pressure: Do I Dare Do It (Integrating SEL p. 84-86)
  • Study Skills: What do you really think? (Integrating SEL - chapter 6, Socratic Method)
  • Humor Helps: Integrating SEL p.89-90. I'd like to turn this into an activity where students can create a cartoon, write a paragraph, or write and act out a script. I may integrate this with the writing, art, and/or tech teacher. Students love the integration of humor into the classroom and as one who is very serious, I can see how helpful this would be. 
  • Behaviors at School: To get a head start on conflict resolution and language related to bullying behaviors, students and teachers will use the pyramid on top of the page to discuss the kinds of behaviors that can happen at school, and the appropriate ways to prevent and if needed respond to those behaviors in an effort to build a more caring and helpful classroom community. 
  • STEAM TeamworkCrossing the peanut butter pit (Integrating SEL - chapter 5), Alphabet Actors (p. 94), Can-moving activity (p. 102) and similar activities such as note card towers (p. 108) and marshmallow or gumdrop structures.
  • Where do you want to live? Introduction to environmental education (Integrating SEL - chapter 6)
  • Solar Ovens STEAM activity - embed SEL questioning and activities from Integrating SEL, chapter 6 egg drop activity.
  • Resilience/Grit Activity. Integrating SEL p. 86-87
  • Curiosity: A Critical ElementUse this lesson from Integrating SEL, Chapter 6 as introduction to current events learning/teaching.
  • Think Positive activities and study Note that several of these activities can be integrated with physical education and music class too. 
  • Self Control Lessons (Integrating SEL chapter 5)
  • The Conflict Within (p.106) - this might fit nicely with the writing program
  • Trust Walk (p. 104-105)
  • Difficult Choices (p. 105-106)
  • Deserted Island (p. 107)
  • Reflection (p. 109-110)

Days Ahead in Math Class
  • Thursday, September 6: Names, collecting summer homework, Create math class norms, math study spaces/groups and routines for the math classroom. 
  • Friday, September 7: History of people: introduction to timelines. History of people, skin shade, timeline - "The past affects the future." video
  • Monday, September 10: No school
  • Tuesday, September 11: Review norms, introduce and begin Name Value activity
  • Wednesday, September 12: Introduce Math Reflection Journal (in 3-prong folder). Complete part of the assignment together and assign the rest due Tuesday 9/17. Work on Name Value activity.
  • Thursday, September 13: Complete What's Your Name name value activity. Students who are done work on Symphony Math. 
  • Friday, September 14: Symphony Math practice, follow-up goal setting with Symphony Math.
  • Monday, September 17: Systemwide Assessment if ready. Possible facts assessment.
  • Tuesday, September 18: Collect Homework. Review That Quiz and let students practice.
  • Wednesday, September 19th: No School
  • Thursday, September 20th: Pattern exercise. Pass out next week's homework, pass back last week's homework.
  • Friday, September 21st: Boaler "Everyone can learn math" Ted Talk. Making Mini posters about a positive math mindset. (Teacher professional day)
  • Monday, September 24: warm-up on facts and arrays: playing a math game
  • Tuesday, September 25: Review order of operations with "How Many Ways Can We Make 48?" Pick up/pass back homework.
  • Wednesday, September 26: Introduce new homework. Introduce unit one: Place Value
  • Thursday, Place Unit continues
  • Friday, September 27th: Field Trip
  • Follow Standards-Based Scope and Sequence in days ahead using systemwide scope and sequence, unit guides, Boaler's grade five book, and other resources.


Kindergarten-Buddy Math
  • Sunflower Glyphs
  • Time Line 1-11; interview and make 1-6 timelines with kindergartners
  • Place value finger activity

SEL/STEAM Efforts
School Year Focus: Big Events
  • September: Routines, Protocols, Community, Relationship Building, Assessment
  • October: Beginning, Practicing, and Deepening Learning Routines - early year field studies: Boston Museum of Science, Sturbridge Village, Greenways
  • November: Space Study - McAuliffe Center
  • December: Focus on Matter
  • January:
  • February: RagTime
  • March:
  • April: MCAS
  • May: MCAS
  • June: Global Changemakers, Boston Walking Tour, Celebrations, Environmental Studies w/focus on rivers and wetlands
Professional Learning for School Year 2018-2019
  • Reading, Research, Writing, and Study
  • ATMIN Presentation 10/27
  • Re-certification
  • Establishing a STEAM studio
  • Using Boaler research/books to update math teaching/learning
  • Using SEL book to embed SEL into the academic program more. 


This poster will continue to lead my work in the year ahead.