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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Learning Teaching Prep and Plans 2018-2019

As I embark on the 2017-2018 learning/teaching path, I find myself already thinking about 2018-2019 since there are efforts I want to update, improve, and change, and all these efforts demand lead time. Hence, I'm beginning my 2018-2019 learning/teaching chart earlier than ever. I will continue to add to this throughout the year.

School Year Prep and Planning Chart 
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer School Prep for 2018-2019
  • Write/Print move-up letter/supply list, place on TeamFive Website
  • Keep a supply list throughout the year and Order supplies
  • Plan a student orientation - work with leadership to make sure this happens without the bus problems we experienced this year
  • Summer reading/study Review, add to.
  • Review and re-organize math website - ongoing
  • Meet with team to plan year ahead
  • Plan Selfie Project/create exemplar - complete
  • Attend NB Academy - July
  • Attend Summer MTA Conference (date?) Focus on Union Efforts.
  • Continue to Update local union website. Ongoing
  • Review and update curriculum map
  • Read/Apply Valuable Resources
  • Plan for Administrative Tasks
  • Focus on the parent handbook and needed signatures at Curriculum Night
  • Focus on the student handbooks and signatures during the first days of school
  • Ask about required school forms during set-up days to plan accordingly
  • Attempt to get all field trip phone calls, schedules, and paperwork completed during the summer since it's difficult to organize these trips during the school year.
  • Do a better job checking that students have the supplies necessary at the start of the year, and contacting families of students who don't have the supplies to figure out next steps with regard to supplies such as headphones, portfolios, Sharpies, and more.
  • Create five extra supply collections for potential new students or students who don't have their supplies.
  • Make the time to order more supplies in the spring so there's no need to buy supplies over the summer and into the fall. Keep a running list of supplies during the school year. 
  • Re-look at scheduling with the team to even better our already good weekly schedule.
  • Think carefully with colleagues about administrative expectations and build those expectations into the daily routine for students. 
  • Prep Start of Year Bulletin Board:
Teacher Prep Days at end of August:
First Six Weeks of School Year
  • Begin embedding positive learning attitude/behavior: Learning-to-Learn Website
  • Have students set up showcase portfolios and complete Happiness Surveys at start of year.
  • 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
  • Complete The Selfie Project and Video with Students
  • Establish Math Routines, Teach Tools:
    • Teach Symphony Math, Khan Academy, TenMarks, math supplies
    • What's Your Number activity - math vocabulary
    • How to make, label, share math models - area models w/fact arrays
    • Early year assessments
    • How to use math tools: rulers, calculators, tiles. . . .
    • Math reflection/metacognition
    • Math Mindset
    • Begin First Unit
    • Emphasize growth mindset
    • Discuss history of people and the reality that we can all learn math
    • Use Jo Boaler TED Talk and follow-up activity for inspiration
    • Math Workshop
  • 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
  • Parent surveys: Paper survey worked better than online survey last year.
  • 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.
  • Create Classroom Culture with students:
    • Set norms with students
    • Practice following norms
    • Discuss classroom community.
    • Work to empower student voice, respect, and contribution from start of the year.
    • Create guiding signage with students Be explicit. Ongoing
School Year Focus: Big Events
  • September: Routines, Protocols, Community Focus
  • October: Cultural Proficiency, Identity Field Study?
  • November: Space Study - McAuliffe Center
  • December: Maya, Incas, Aztec
  • January: Boston Museum of Science
  • February:
  • March: Math Global Cardboard Challenge Event, Matter Presentation
  • April: Expert Visitor
  • May:
  • June: Global Changemakers, Boston Walking Tour
Professional Learning for School Year 2018-2019
  • NBPTS Efforts?
  • MTA Summer Conference
  • Reading, Research, Writing, and Study (link via title)
  • Special Education Course (15 pdps) - online (if time permits) - Math Kennebunkport
This poster will continue to lead my work in the year ahead.