Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Teaching/Learning 2019-2020 Planning Document

My one-word for 2019-2020 school year and the objectives that will lead me in that direction. 
2018-2019 Success Criteria

There is great satisfaction in teaching well. To work with a team of colleagues, students, families, and administrators to prepare and implement positive learning experiences 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 2019-2020 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.

The efforts listed above will guide the way.

School Year Prep and Planning Chart 
(items highlighted in yellow have been completed)

Spring Prep for 2018-2019
  • Update  website for 2019-2020 TeamFive
  • Write/Print move-up letter/supply list, place on TeamFive 2018-2019 Website
  • Keep a supply list throughout the year and order supplies - ongoing.
  • Consult district leadership about upcoming goals/objectives for 2019-2020. The overarching goal appears to be Engage everyone everyday with a focus on integrating SEL into the academic program.
  • Prep summer math packets to include with move-up letter/supply list. 
  • Meet with upcoming students. 
Summer Planning Meetings 

Grade-Level Team

  • Meet to plan an interdisciplinary unit as part of summer work
  • Discuss start-of-year signature project (My Three Words).
  • Curriculum Program Development Efforts
  • Focus on these elements for an optimal program in 2019-2020
  • Create schedule and weekly teaching pattern review with the team
  • Revisit the curriculum night presentation, decide if you'll include movie/slideshow - reserve room and plan set-up for curriculum night presentation. Prep this time/place for Curriculum Night presentation with new principal.
  • Review curriculum map 
  • Discuss homework protocols including extra help sessions for math in the morning and one afternoon a week.
  • Review and plan  Family-Student-Teacher Conferences - see dates on systemwide inservice calendar (face-to-face student/parent meetings) 
  • Review first days of school focus/lessons including SEL lessons (see below too)
  • Review field trip list, complete forms and planning. 
  • Review goal list: professional learning goal and student learning goal will relate to the theme of effective practice in math.
  • Review all other notes on shared work document and this page.
Grade-Level and Special Educators
  • Review all ed plans, chart student services and needs to prepare for scheduling meeting
On my own
  • Work on interdisciplinary climate change/watershed project: summer work
  • Work on performance assessments: numerical expression, area models
  • Work on Graspable math study: summer work
  • Attend week-long Wade Institute Science Program
  • Read and Learn 
  • Focus on Math Program: update the math website w/best learning experiences, information
  • Review and update Learning Mindset & Behaviors website
  • Make an exemplar of start-of-year signature project (Three words project) and plan for teaching w/colleagues
  • Continue to update local union website. Ongoing
  • Review, revise, and set up Class Data Chart - keep in mind fall/spring conference data reports
  • Careful attention to scheduling so that all scheduling best meet individual/collective student needs
  • Assess/analyze MCAS scores prior to school year. (when scores arrive)
  • Organize, prune Google docs files - create folders
  • Organize Physical Science/STEAM workbook, websites, and other related materials 
  • Review and organize lessons for the first six weeks - get a power start with the math curriculum
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, cards, little gifts. . . .
  • Organize all materials and classroom set up 
  • 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
  • Communication Protocols, establish routines, plans to recognize each child: lists, schedules.- ongoing 
  • Ordering: Check orders, put away all supplies. - last week in August 
  • Set up sub notebook, update field trip notebook
  • Work on protocols and policies for classroom during first days of the year

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 2019
  • PLC Start: Establish overall focus, norms, roles, protocols, and note taking document.
  • 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.
  • Determine Buddy Program Time and Focus

For Students:
(Note that these notes will likely be updated over the summer)

Day One
  • What's your name? Read name list. Discuss importance of names. Show a funny name video--look for a better video for this.
  • Review sign in, lunch count, and class jobs procedures including Leader of the Week.
  • 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).
  • Review room set up, assign studio stations and discuss set-up, expectations, and share. Match studio station numbers w/areas of the room to keep in order. 
  • Review recess rules, recess.
  • 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. 
  • Review and practice transition and lunch routines. Review schedule.
  • Begin read aloud: Hatchet
  • 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. 
  • Review end-of-day routine and recess.

Day Two
  • 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. 
  • Lesson on good listening. 
  • 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?
  • Work in teams to determine our class government? Share ideas. Work on using handbook and class government ideas to write a class constitution. 
  • Review transition, recess, and lunch routines. Recess
  • Review homework: Parent/Guardian timeline interview
  • Read Aloud
  • Recess

Day Three: First transitions
  • Review names, jobs, and routines again.
  • What is the Declaration of Independence? 
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Review transition, recess, lunch routines. Recess
  • Review timeline project. 
  • Time Line Prep: parent 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. 
  • Read Aloud
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."

Days Ahead in Math Class
  • Names, collecting summer homework, Create math class norms, math study spaces/groups and routines for the math classroom. 
  • History of people: introduction to timelines. History of people, skin shade, timeline - "The past affects the future." video
  • Review norms, introduce and begin Name Value activity
  • Introduce Math Reflection Journal (in 3-prong folder). Complete part of the assignment together and assign the rest
  • Work on Name Value activity.
  • Complete What's Your Name name value activity. Students who are done work on Symphony Math. 
  • Symphony Math practice, follow-up goal setting with Symphony Math.
  • Systemwide Assessment if ready. Possible facts assessment.
  • Collect Homework. Review That Quiz and let students practice.
  • Pattern exercise. Pass out next week's homework, pass back last week's homework.
  • Boaler "Everyone can learn math" Ted Talk. Making Mini posters about a positive math mindset. (Teacher professional day)
  • warm-up on facts and arrays: playing a math game
  • Review order of operations with "How Many Ways Can We Make 48?" Pick up/pass back homework.
  • Introduce new homework. Introduce unit one: Place Value
  • Place Unit continues
  • Follow Standards-Based Scope and Sequence in days ahead using systemwide scope and sequence, unit guides, Boaler's grade five book, and other resources.
We may want to embed this language in portfolio efforts (specific ideas from SEL book) 

  • 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 Teamwork: Crossing 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 Element: Use 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)