Weekly Message #4-9

Thanks Sousana for sharing this pyjama picture!

Thanks Sousana for sharing this pyjama picture!

It’s great to know that so many of you are reading the weekly message.  I selected six names randomly and handed out some prizes!

Thanks for supporting Pyjama Day on Friday – it’s too bad that wearing pyjamas doesn’t make the kids a bit more restful – sounds like it was quite the opposite but I think they had fun.

Henry and I will be in the building for parent/ teacher interviews this week.  Please do not hesitate to ask for our help if you need some back up for an interview.  Items from the Lost and Found will be laid out on a table and coat rack this week for students / parents to peruse before they are donated to charity.

I am always reminded at report card time how hard teachers and staff are work to maximize learning for our students.  When I visit your classrooms, I appreciate the quality learning activities and multi-modal projects that are evident in classroom displays.  As part of my professional growth plan, I continue to explore best practices in “Differentiated Instruction”.

“Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

Differentiation is something all good teachers do naturally but like all areas of professional practice, I think it helps to keep reading and revisiting ways to make our work with children more effective.  I found an excellent article which outlines the key aspects of differentiation.  Please click on the link below if you would like to read more!

All About Differentiated Instruction

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Supervision Aide meeting at 11:00 Monday in the staffroom
  2. Patti at the VSB to review Emergency procedures Tuesday afternoon.
  3. Audrey Van Alstyne (VSB Technology department0 here to review Ipad project with Henry and Patti Wednesday morning
  4. Parent Teacher Interviews Wednesday and Thursday – Early dismissal Wednesday ONLY.
  5. SSSA meeting at 8:15 Friday morning in room 110.
  6. Patti away all day on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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