Lots of great things to catch you all up on this week!


6th Grade!

20140306_125806We are trying to share and showcase some of the great things happening in our school with each other. Our goal is to spread the love school wide and show how everyone shines brightly. Last week, was 6th Grade’s time. I emailed them last week but its worthy of resharing. First we have 6th grade teachers maintaining an expectation of proper behavior and what being a Bronco is all about. We all know that its March, we’ve repeated instructions to students 100 times, some students forget instructions on a daily basis and 6th grade is like every other grade level – they have challenging behaviors! But from day 1 to day 180, they revisit expectations because its important! You can see Mr Harris giving the Bronco Talk but just out of frame is Ms Hayden on the other side! Great work!

Across the hall, the other 6th grade team was putting some awesome work together for students: Ms Sweezy’s class was participating in debates in the media center, Ms Vaughn’s class was working projects on the Chromebooks and one of our newest Broncos was facilitating [truly facilitating] in her math class. I’ve made some captions on the YouTube posting to outline some great points! Kids were owning this learning! Resources enhanced what needed to be taught!

Battle of the Books!

20140304_192324Congrats to our BOTB Team! They took 4th place in our district competition! They represented us well and competed like champions! In two years, this team has transformed in a team to be respected and reckoned with! We’ll be adding another picture to our Bronco Wall of Fame! Thanks Ms Butler for the dedication and vision!


I came across this post by someone I follow on Twitter, @justintarte! He took some great images and added some unique thoughts to them. I’ve posted a powerful stand alone I think is very powerful but put the others in a slideshow below. Great thinking points for us as we plan in our classroom.

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A blue background is affixed to a classroom window with a large anchor painted oInstructional Strategy – Anchor Charts

I shared this post last week on anchor charts. Anchor charts support classroom and teachers in a variety of ways, instructional, managerial, informational, etc. Their power is in the specific, examples they provide students as reminders [anchors] to previously covered materials and items. Again these are specific, often illustrative, examples/reminders of key content. We often confuse word walls with anchor charts. We also erroneously think that word wall are often all the reminder or support our students need. Think of these key questions:

  • photo (9)What kind of understanding of our current content could a student get from the support materials on my walls?
  • When was the last time I updated the support materials?
  • Is my word wall illustrative enough?

I’ve include a picture of Ms Willingham’s anchor wall. Its simple and powerful – word and working definition. We need more of this in our school.

Upcoming Events

  • Bronco Intervention Time – Week 1 of 3 March 10 – March 13
  • Soccer vs Westover at Home Monday March 10! Come out and be seen by your students!
  • Baseball/Softball at Westover Tuesday March 11
  • Track at Albritton Wednesday March 12 [Allot at least 60 minutes to get your pass]
  • Baseball/Softball Thursday March 13 at Pine Forest