Normalize Error - Follow this link to a discussion of how we can normalize error in our classrooms. This resource comes from the book work of Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon Schools in New York. For more information on his work, check out his site: "Teach Like a Champion". I have his book and have found it to be a great resource with many great techniques that can be applied instantly to any classroom. If anyone is interested in investigating the technique of Normalizing Error, or want to explore Teach Like a Champion more, please let me know and we can arrange something.
#Youcanlearnanything - This video from Khan Academy artfully shows what learning really is. We all start with no knowledge and through experience, trial and error, direct instruction, and so many other avenues we learn. Some of you have seen this, but hopefully it provides some inspiration for us as we kick off this week!
Congratulations on completing the first week of school! I am energized and inspired by the enthusiasm I've seen at both Renberg and Harvey Dunn. You've worked hard to begin establishing a culture of achievement in your classrooms. I am thrilled to be witness to the learning communities developing in your schools. And thank you for not only welcoming your kiddoes through the doors, but for welcoming your new colleagues (myself included) into your teams.
At Harvey Dunn, the motto for the year is "You Matter." We are working on noticing the amazing things going on around us. Below are some things that I noticed as I traveled between schools, visited with teachers, and participated in classrooms:
Go forward this week knowing that you matter. Your students need you. I look forward to seeing the great things being done this week. Thank you for your hard work!
Every Kid Needs a Champion - Check out this video for a little bit of inspiration as you continue to build that culture in your classroom.
Two-By-Ten Strategy - Take a look at this resource for an inspiring and easy early intervention with those kiddoes in your class who may already be experiencing challenges in your class. This strategy speaks exactly to how much you do matter to the students in your care. It's amazing what two minutes a day, ten days in a row can do!
I am an elementary instructional coach for the Sioux Falls School District.