Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Philosophical Differences

How do you settle differences between 52 principals on philosophy of education? G/T pullout or push in? 9-week vs. 6-week grading periods? Professional development vision?

Saturday, May 7, 2011


"The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
~Albert Einstein

Positive Daily Parent Report = Checkbook

We are experimenting with and kicking around the idea of having a checkbook as our daily parent report. At this time we have a "mark" system where students receive marks for making poor choices. The emphasis is on negative behaviors.
  • 2nd-5th grade will have an individual checkbook register and will record deposits (for doing positive things) and withdrawals (for making poor choices) in their register. Each teacher will have a classroom chart so the teacher may have a record of the poor choices in order to report these on the report card under behavior.
  • 1st grade will use pennies and will transition to nickels, dimes, quarters as they are ready.
  • Kindergarten will have a class penny jar and will earn money and give back money as a class until the 4th six weeks when they will transition to an individual plan

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Made to Stick

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath is an incredible book! I love how they have placed numerous keywords per chapter in the table of contents so you don't have to freaking tab everything. The way they tell stories is easy and humerous. Such a great read.