• QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/31/2014

    “Anyone who is good at what they do is doing it because they love it.  If you’re doing it for a paycheck you’re doing the wrong thing.”

     

     

    Jerry Seinfeld

     

     

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  • NEW COMMITTEE TO MEET ON MONDAY

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/31/2014

    As many of you know several people have volunteered to participate in a pilot of the EngageNY materials.  As we continue to pilot in these classrooms and as several others begin to pilot as well we have now reached a point where we can begin to discuss where we want to go for next year. 

     

     

    Kathy and I have invited one representative from every grade level and SPED to be part of a committee to discuss our plans for next year.  If you have concerns or ideas please either share them with Kathy, your grade level representative, or myself.  Here are the committee members:

     

     

    K – Lauren Gassaway, 1 – Ashlee Cameron, 2 – Sharon Oliva, 3 – Lindsey Johnson, 4 – Rachel Milne, 5 – Kristy LaRoche, 6 – Karen Swan, SPED – Crystal Thompson, Coach – Kathy Kwak, Administrators – John Hannah and James Heinle

     

     

    The purpose of the committee is to figure out how we will teach content at the level of CCSS.  The argument has been made in the past that our kids won’t be successful if we teach at this level, or that they don’t have the foundational skills.  Despite these arguments we are obligated to teach to the CCSS by both state and national law, plus we do an injustice to our kids if we don’t give them the opportunity to reach CCSS expectations.  We know that a majority of students will rise to the level that is asked of them – not all will achieve the level, but all will rise. Next year our content and rigor will be completely at the CCSS level in all classrooms with scaffolding for the students that need it.  The task in front of this committee is to figure out what materials we will use.

     

     

    Also, next year we will be taking the Smarter Balanced assessment which will be used to measure our student progress.  This is the new reality that we must all realize and prepare for.

     

     

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  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/24/2014

    “Schools are like racetracks, and educators are like pit crews. But it’s the students who are at the wheel. They must want to win, and they must believe they can win. Their parents and other fans should be there, cheering them on and making feel like they can do it.”

                Erich May in “The Motivation Gap” in Education Week, Jan. 15, 2014
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  • CURRENT EDUCATION BILLS IN OLYMPIA

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/24/2014

    Below is a short list to look at of current bills coming before the house and senate that could impact education:

    SB 6055 By Senator Litzow; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Specifying that student growth data elements used in teacher and principal evaluations include state-based tools and delaying the use of the evaluation results in making human resources and personnel decisions until the 2016-17 school year.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6063 By Senators Litzow, Dammeier, Hill, Becker, Tom, Braun and Bailey

    Concerning closing and elimination the opportunity gap.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6064 By Senators Litzow, Fain, Dammeier, Hobbs, Hill, Becker, Tom and Braun

    Requiring an analysis of how school districts use school days.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

     

    SB 6082 By Senators McCoy and McAuliffe

    Concerning K-12 instructional hours.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6108 By Senators McAuliffe, Rolfes and Cleveland

    Implementing linear K-3 class size reductions.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6153 By Senators Litzow, McAuliffe, Dammeier and Rolfes; by request of Professional Educator Standards Board

    Requiring the collection of teacher attendance that matches student, course, and teacher.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6161 By Senators Rolfes, McAuliffe, Ranker, Billig, Dansel, Conway, Cleveland, Chase, Hasegawa, Mullet, McCoy, Keiser, Pedersen, Kline and Kohl-Welles

    Requiring state funding to support professional development for K-12 educators.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6189 By Senator Hargrove

    Delaying the requirement for increased K-12 instructional hours.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6235 By Senators Hobbs, Hatfield, McCoy, McAuliffe, Eide, Chase, Keiser, Hasegawa, Nelson, Conway, Frockt, Fraser, Billig, Cleveland, Mullet, Rolfes, Kohl-Welles, Ranker, Kline, Darneille, Pedersen and Hargrove

    Restoring the suspended inflationary increases in educational employee compensation.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    SB 6242 By Senators King, Rolfes, Litzow, Billig and Fain

    Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.

     Referred to Committee on EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION.

    HB 2270 By Representatives Taylor, Shea and Overstreet

    Exempting school districts from the state portion of sales and use taxes on school construction.

     Referred to Committee on FINANCE.

    HB 2313 By Representatives Bergquist, Haigh, Reykdal, Hunt, Santos, Riccelli, Fey, Pollet, Liias, Orwall, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Hudgins and Stonier

    Requiring state funding to support professional development for K-12 educators.

     Referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

    HB 2358 By Representatives Lytton, Carlyle, Dahlquist, Haigh and Pettigrew

    Adopting a definition of professional learning.

     Referred to Committee on EDUCATION.

    HB 2422 By Representatives Dunshee, Haigh, Bergquist, Haler, Muri, Stonier, Blake, Walkinshaw, Riccelli, Appleton, Habib, Senn, Tarleton, Reykdal, Sawyer, Seaquist, Fey, Wylie, Goodman, Gregerson, Liias, Robinson, Sells, Moeller, Ryu, Moscoso, Kirby, Tharinger, Takko, Santos, Fitzgibbon, Hunt, Freeman, Farrell, Morrell, Pollet, Stanford, Green, Van De Wege, Hudgins, Orwall, Lytton, Jinkins, Ormsby, Carlyle, Morris, Condotta, Kagi, Pettigrew, Hurst, Cody, Hansen and Hawkins

    Restoring the suspended inflationary increases in educational employee compensation.

    HB 2441 By Representatives Haigh, Reykdal, Hunt, Orwall, Appleton, Pollet, Fitzgibbon, Dunshee and Ormsby

    Providing for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district levies and bonds.

     Referred to Committee on EDUCATION.

    HJR 4216 By Representatives Haigh, Reykdal, Orwall, Pollet, Fitzgibbon, Dunshee and Ormsby Amending the Constitution to provide for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district levies and bonds.

    Referred to Committee on EDUCATION.

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  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/17/2014

    “I have a dream …”

    Martin Luther King

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  • WONERFUL CLASSROOMS

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/17/2014

    It was great to be back in classrooms again and seeing amazing instruction and learning. I appreciate the work that many of you have done on incorporating the classroom expectations into your daily instruction. These instructional strategies, as Duane Baker said on our first day of school, are habits that we need to do daily. Like going to a gym, breaking a habit, or learning a new skill the practice needed is a daily practice that you need to make sure you work on each and every day.

    Here are some wonderful examples:

    Ashlee – I was able to be in her room this week and saw her do a wonderful job with the learning target. She followed the procedure of the learning target classroom expectation with her first graders nearly perfectly. Great job Ashlee.

    Doug – Yesterday I was in Doug’s room and his class is so use to the student to student discussion that they immediately talk on topic when given the chance. In fact, what I saw is that they don’t want to move on since they enjoy the discussion portion of Doug’s lesson so much. Thank you Doug.

    Ron – In Ron’s room he blended his learning target and success criteria seamlessly. In fact, he blended that days lesson and previous one into the discussion his students had on their learning target and success criteria.

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  • NO NAME-CALLING WEEK

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/17/2014

    No Name-Calling Week – FYI, next week is the 10-year anniversary of this anti-bullying initiative.

    Details at http://glsen.org/participate/programs/no-name-calling-week

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  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/10/2014

    “failure to focus inward leaves you rudderless, a failure to focus on others renders you clueless, and a failure to focus outward may leave you blindsided”

    Daniel Goleman, Rutgers University Professor
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  • A THOUGHT ON MOTIVATION

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/10/2014

    In a recent Education Leadership article author Kathleen Cushman describes her research in the field of motivation. Based on her research she has found that eight conditions exist under which students become inspired. The eight conditions are:

    1.      I feel okay.

    2.      It matters.

    3.      It’s active.

    4.      It stretches me.

    5.      I have a coach.

    6.      I have to use it.

    7.      I think back on it.

    8.      I plan my next steps.

    According to Cushman when students connect one of these eight conditions to their schoolwork they experience a rush of feeling when they encounter something hard and want more of it. Teachers can see this happen when students begin to sit up straight, shift their attention to the front of the room, and there is a noticeable difference in their voice.

    Obviously the trick is to find how to connect one of these conditions to each and every kid in your class, but that is the art of teaching.
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  • ANOTHER THOUGHT ON MOTIVATION

    Posted by John Hannah at 1/10/2014

    Jon Frank recently shared an article with the administrators about student motivation. The article looked into the dimensions of motivation and the outcome of specific motivational practices.

    Four Dimensions of Motivation:

    ·        Competence – The student believes he/she has the ability to complete the task.

    ·        Control/Autonomy – The student feels in control by seeing a direct link between his/her actions and an outcome and retains autonomy by have some choice about whether or how to undertake the task.

    ·        Interest/Value – The student has some interest in the task or sees the value of completing it.

    ·        Relatedness – Completing the task brings the student social rewards, such as a sense of belonging to a classroom or other desired social group or approval from a person of social importance to the student.

    Can money or other rewards motivate students?

    Proponents of using rewards to motivate students contend that these programs can help bring a balance to an education system that expects students to exert effort up front for the promise of rewards that are delayed or difficult to grasp.

    The research shows that rewarding specific actions that students can control, such as completing homework, yields better results than rewarding accomplishments that may seem beyond their reach or out of their control, such as whether they earn a high grade.

    Can goals motivate students?

    Research suggests that goals can help if they are mastery-based goals, which involve demonstrating increased understanding, skills, and content knowledge instead of performance-based goals which involve reaching a pre-defined level of performance or outperforming others.
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