Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 24, 2014

Welcome back! I hope you were able to spend spring break in a way that was meaningful to you and to those important to you. Stopping, slowing down, taking a break, all of these things impact our health and our work, so I hope you were indulged in all three. Our work is big and important and necessary, and yet, it happens and perhaps gets narrowed into the moment-to-moment work of our day. I hope by stepping away from the minutia you're able to step back into the bigness and importance and necessary-ness of teaching and learning.

Meeting Reminders for the Rest of March

  • 3/24--Annual Required MAP Meeting
  • 3/31--1:1 Tech PD 
April's Thinking Strategy: Synthesizing
Synthesizing is the process whereby a student merges new information with prior knowledge to form a new idea, perspective, or opinion or to generate insight. It's important to reading and to learning. When students 
  • elaborate on new information (to make inferences not explicitly taught),
  • record and represent knowledge (i.e., their understanding of the information),
  • examine similarities and differences or errors in reasoning, and 
  • generate and test and hypotheses (to see if their new idea, perspective, opinion, or insight "works" or not)
they are relying, in part, on their ability to synthesize. In what ways can you help your student's synthesize in your subject area? Click here to learn more and for Discovery-related resources.

Have a great week!

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