November has flown by at a furious pace. Our school has been busy moving, shaking, and growing our students. A lot of awesome things are happening for our Bulldogs. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy my new position and all the people I am interacting, co-teaching, planning, etc. with in this building.
With the end of 2016 in sight, I feel it is a good idea to celebrate our successes. As a middle school faculty we have implemented year one of the station rotation model and did it with passion, integrity, and zest. Our students know the expectations, are taking ownership of their learning, and are becoming better independent and collaborative members of their learning community. What more could we ask for?
We’ve added new learning technologies and tools to our trade. We have added VR googles to our bag of tricks and the students LOVE using them to explore distant lands. No field trip could be cheaper and quite as effective. We purchased 3 Breakout EDU kits and have our students embracing the challenge of problem solving and thinking outside of the box. If you haven’t tried a Breakout session yet, ask a student who has participated in one about it and I am sure their enthusiasm will encourage you to dabble.
We’ve begun to implement student ePortfolios in 6th grade and allowing those students to display, reflect, and take ownership of their data stories. What a great way to celebrate student growth!
We’ve added Moby Max, Accucess, Edpuzzle, etc. to our bag of tricks and given students a wide variety of learning experiences to master their standards and continue closing gaps and growing individually while instructing and meeting the needs of all.
Most importantly, we’ve focused on our students first. We’ve gotten to know them. We’ve shown that we care about them and will do whatever we need to as a team to meet their needs, support them, and help them reach their fullest potential. We’ve embraced children, not just their data, but the children they are and have worked hard to make this building a safe, successful, learning environment that I am proud to work in everyday and proud to send my daughter to.
Technology and tools aside, the teachers whom I am privileged to work along side are dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to help our students grow. Our students are blazing trails and conquering goals, and their teachers and administrators are cheering them on loud and proud! Here’s to an awesome start to a school year and the roll out of 2016. Shoot for the stars in 2017, it’s not a far target. I work among them daily.