October 1st, 2018
“The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”-Jean Piaget
Hopefully, you enjoyed a wonderful three-day weekend with your family and friends. McGaugh teachers, education specialists, and administrators were hard at work on Friday. We know that a day without students is a day where we can meet, discuss, collaborate, and develop plans of action and we did just that.
The morning was spent reviewing our school climate and R.A.H. McGaugh program. As you know, we started this school year by developing school wide behavioral expectations for our students so that we are sending consistent messages and expectations. Friday’s focus was moving those expectations into the classrooms and giving teachers the opportunity to reflect on and share classroom management techniques and various ways to motivate students. Many outstanding ideas and strategies were shared.
We continued the conversation about our students who struggle either academically or socially and what interventions we have in place as well as systems for identifying students who need additional support.
Finally, we used Friday afternoon for teachers to participate in cross grade-level articulation where teachers identified the necessary skills students need upon entering their grade level in the areas of reading, writing, and math in order for instruction to be consistent and fluid. For example, first grade teachers talked to Kindergarten teachers about building strong “fact fluency” in math where students entering grade one should haveautomaticity and accuracy with facts below ten (6+3=9; 5+2=7; etc.) McGaugh teachers appreciated this opportunity to meet with their colleagues and further discuss and implement best practices.
There is great teaching and learning happening at McGaugh; and it begins with a strong and committed staff! I hope you have a great week.