Monday, January 21, 2013

January 21, 2013

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critcally. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.  --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A three day weekend is a welcomed reprieve.  I hope that you were able to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King in some way on Monday.  Over winter break I was in Austin, Texas, and visited, briefly, the site where Dr. King was assassinated.  It was a haunting experience.

Trivia Night

The 4th Annual Hixson Middle School Trivia Night and Silent Auction is the evening of January 26th.  This event is planned entirely by Hixson teachers who I know would value your being there.  Click here for more information.

Faculty Meeting: 1/28

The topic of our 1/28 meeting will be Design Question 3: What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge from The Art and Science of Teaching.  Please take an opportunity to read, skim, or at the ver least review the action steps in chapter three.

Flipping through the slides of this PowerPoint will help prepare you for some of the thinking and activities of the faculty meeting.  Click here to view this quick presentation.  Click here to view the Practice Exericse for Faulty Logic.

In addition, this protocol (click here), albeit simple, may be helpful with thinking through each strategy specifically in terms of how you will plan to use them.

In the faculty meeting, we will organize in as much job alike groups of 3-5 as possible (e.g., 8th grade social studies, Fine Arts, etc.).

Miscellaneous

If you allow students to use their own devices in class, please remind them that they should be off and put away once they leave your classrooms; electronic devices should only be out and in use whens students are being supervised.  Last week I say several students who walked out of class with their devices still out, on, and in use.

Next week, I will be out of the building on Thursday and Friday.  I will be presenting at a conference in Atlanta.

And finally, one last quote from Dr. King: Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

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