From the Director’s Chair…
(Reflections from your Director of Education/Student Services)
Everyone is Irish: Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy March! It is a wonderful time of year when the winter is becoming a memory and we are looking forward to spring. I hope that March proves to be lucky for you and you all find a pot of gold in everything you do this month.
I know you are working hard… to finish up work on your benchmarks and pacing guides. This work will prove invaluable to curricular changes in our district. Just a reminder that ad hoc dates are as follows: March 23 (Grades 3-5); March 24 (Grades K-2); March 25 (Secondary). I look forward to seeing you the third week of March as we finish up working on this important task!
Take the time to relax: As we begin our last three months of school, this is indeed the longest month of the year! We are tired, the students are challenging and our patience is worn. It is important to pace yourselves and take some time for YOU! To engage in a hobby or activity you enjoy will take some of the pressure off. There will always be papers to grade, lessons to plan and children to tend; only if you are at your peak can you operate at a high level. Those who are not at their best tend to get sick more often and suffer from depression. So get out there and enjoy yourself!
Reading is “Fun”damental! Thank you to all of you for making Read Across America such a wonderful experience for our elementary students. I had so much fun going into the classrooms and reading to a captive audience! You are all doing a great job in letting our students know how very important reading is not only to their academic growth, but for their personal enjoyment as well.
Vary Instructional Strategies: Just a few reminders that differentiation is important in checking for understanding for our students. Don’t be afraid to switch activities often. Get out from behind your podium (or table)…get out among the students. Make direct eye contact. Make them restate your directions. Encourage class discussion. Don’t let your students get away with passivity…make them accountable for their learning! Remember: “Education is not received, it is achieved.”
This month’s article… will give you something to think about in the area of instructional strategies: cooperative learning. This is utilized often in the classroom, but often not used to its full potential. I hope that you find this article enlightening. Have a great month and Luck of the Irish to ye!