Great to see everyone back for the New Year! We’re off to a tremendous start! 5 great days!


I want to highlight two great practices that I’ve seen this week, both 8th grade classrooms. What I want to draw attention to that both are using tech to high level of impact and in both cases, not EVERY student has a computer. Ms Covington’s room only has four computers set up, Ms Sams has one.

This is a video of some different groups in Ms Covington’s class. You can see the students working on different things on different project/evidences of learning. For the group in the back, these students have specific [high level] research tasks that they have to complete. This take forethought and planning. Students know what is expected of them and are working towards accomplishing it

Do you use GradeCam? Do you need to give a SchoolNet test? This video shows a great strategy for giving these assessments with only one computer in the classroom! Great flow and activities!

For both of these, it has to start with planning! Have these conversations in Wednesday collaborative planning and develop it on you protected planning day.

Who is doing the work in your room? [I know its a repeat but its GOOD REPEAT]


I came across this graphic on the internet. It poses a simple, but thought provoking point that we constantly talk about in our planning – who is doing the work in your room? Think of this in several different ways:

  • Are your kids listening passively in your room for large chunks of time;
  • Are your kids sitting and waiting and getting occasionally;
  • Are you kids being compliant [to some degree] as you talk only for you to realize they still don’t know it later;


  • Are you making creating opportunities for them to struggle their way to learning;
  • Do you build time in your lessons for kids to reflect on what they don’t understand and get answers from their classmates;


Told does not mean taught
Sage on the Stage vs Guide on the Side


This week’s inspiration comes in the form of an infographic. While it’s informational, I would call upon you to look at differences below and reflect on what students look like in your classroom. This visual is a look at what engaged/disengaged elearners [online] should look like. We are going to take away the ‘elearning’ part and consider what our kids look like in our classrooms. Take a look at the behavioral pieces, ask yourself ‘Are my kids goal driven?’ ‘Do they show commitment to revisit completed assignments?’ Our opportunity for reflection here is what can WE do to help make our kids more goal oriented? What practices I put in place that will help students continually try to improve/refine previous work?

Look at this and start a conversation with your teammates! Be reflective! Let’s design better learning and teaching opportunities.

Infographic on Engaged and Disengaged elearners

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Monday 1.12

  • Athletic Pictures
  • Faculty Meeting [Bring laptops]

Tuesday 1.13

  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Basketball @ Nick Jeralds Middle
  • Wrestling vs Nick Jeralds Middle @ Home

Wednesday 1.14

  • Collaborative Planning

Thursday 1.15

  • Protected planning
  • Detention Duty – Sams
  • Wrestling @ Anne Chestnutt MS
  • Basketball vs Anne Chestnut Middle @ Home

Friday 1.16

Monday 1.19

  • MLK Day