Saturday, August 29, 2015

The week of Aug. 24-29, 2015

Here it is, the first post of the new school year.

It's been a very busy, but great start at Fillmore. We welcomed new staff, welcomed back returning staff, welcomed new students, and returning students. AND I got my first high five of the school year. 

I've been into all your classes and am so excited about what I'm seeing. With the greater access to technology for our students there is both an air of excitement and nervousness- I love it! I've been talking with Ms. Denton a lot and we both agree that everyone is off to a great start and we are both so impressed with everyone's willingness to take risks, try new things, and sometimes fail. I know it's hard when you're in the thick of it, but from an outside standpoint it is super exciting.

If you haven't seen or played the announcements for your students, here they are: Announcements Friday, Aug. 29, 2015

Here's what we saw this week:

6th graders with Ms. Farrell traveling the world with Google Maps and other mapping websites.

2nd graders practicing math skills with online games in My Math.

Many teachers/students are using Google Classroom as an online platform for classroom organization.

2nd graders used Google Docs and were learning its features
3rd graders used the See-Think-Wonder model in Ms. Silver's room as they looked at Internet pictures of underwater hotels in Dubai! It's a small world! A great way to begin scaffolding the thinking process for inquiry/project based learning.

4th graders were really learning how to navigate Google Classroom.

5th graders learned Google Slides features, worked in My Math for pre-assessments (even if the program still has problems to work out!) and performed rotation lab experiments that included photographing each other as scientists in Lab Coats!


6th graders using NoRedInk, connecting with novels through Google Classroom, and making plans for using My Math and Maps

Ms. Torres using Padlet to check for understanding with math problems.

Lots of classes using challenges like the Marshmallow Challenge and Build the Tallest Structure with pipe cleaners to not only start creating those collaboration skills, but tapping into the students' creative minds. Can you say engagement?

Ms. Denton, along with the help of Ms. Krebs and Mr.Figueroa hosted Fillmore's first Tech Tuesday. It featured Google Classroom, and despite the change in Google Classroom overnight they were great models of how to keep trying even when the technology is throwing curves at you!

I've the the really nice opportunity to meet with many of you to talk about yourselves, your goals, data, instruction... whatever. Thank you all for your time. I do enjoy getting to know each of you better.

Coming up next week:

I will be out most of next week: Out in the morning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Ms. Knapp and I will be at the BEST training. Thursday Principal's Forum in the morning. Friday I will be at LATSS all day. So, it's been nice knowing you... As always, you can reach me by email, text or phone if you need anything.

CELDT testing is going on all week- good luck with that!

Tuesday afternoon is the Google Leaders meeting in P20 at the DO.

On Wednesday, we will be holding an EdCamp during PLC time. Ms. Denton will be leading it. You will receive a link to a Google Form to fill out to guide our sessions. I will not be there because of the BEST training, but I am looking forward to hearing all about it.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

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