05.February.2017- [V1.10]

Happy February Birthday Titan Staff!

02/01 – LaSheka Nicholson

02/27 – Erik Ranstrom

02/28 – Keishya Dickerson


In This Issue

  • Wednesday PD @ A Glance

  • Game Day Ready

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 


The first order of business is that 7th grade teachers had the most survey submissions from PD this past Wednesday, so YOU GET TO WEAR JEANS ON TUES, 02/07 if you’d like! We had a 30% participation increase from staff this time around & I appreciate all of the thoughtful feedback! It has been recorded, condensed, and communicated to parties that can assist with the updates needed. Attached here you will find the agenda and a few minutes that were captured in case you missed something. 02.01.017 Agenda w/Notes https://goo.gl/T3PtTp

One participant wrote: “Even though it can be time consuming, I appreciate the push for the reward card system because many kids are genuinely buying into it.” 

Overall, we had mixed reviews about the effectiveness of our time together and what is beautiful is that we can use the information you share in private to address as many issues as possible. Thanks again Titans, it’s the little stuff that matters.


Upcoming PD Meetings: 

pd-glance-02-05*Non-PD Day Staff Hours – 8:05 AM- 4:35 PM based on the language in our contract.

Power Planning on Non-PD Days: Some of the suggested activities to do during this time are, but not limited to, creating lesson plans, entering grades, working in your classroom, or updating student data. 

Download The NEMS 2nd Semester PD Calendar Here https://goo.gl/mzeXIS

Download The District School Calendar Here: https://goo.gl/s896Fu

Game Day Ready 


8 Ways to Help Students Watch Video Critically (Instead of Zoning Out)

Classroom “movie day” doesn’t mean turn off your brain. , certified elementary teacher and Associate Editor with WeAreTeachers, shares 8 must do tips before you hit play!  I guarantee you will find some AH-HA moments as you read these! 


  • Grades Are Due: Midterm Grades should be entered into Tyler on or before Feb 13th. Midterm reports will be available to parents that following Thursday during PT conferences. Please see Sherry Stark if you have questions about the deadline.
  • Achievement Series Qtr. 3:  CORRECTION: Closes March 23rd.  Plan your calendar now to decide when you will administer the closeout. Leave a little cushion room as a precaution to unforeseen interruptions.


Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

My Learning Plan Opportunities:If interested, find details and register at www.mylearningplan.com

  • 2/7/17  Raise the Roof of Informative Reading and Writing
  • 2/28/17  Secondary ELA MAP, EOC and ACT Booster
  • 3/28/17  Multi-genre Reading and Writing

Off-Site Opportunities: FREE Professional Development Opportunity for CEU Credits!

02-20-17 – Inspired to Teach – Now & in the Future 

Lesson Planning still giving you the blues? Having trouble uploading? Need some ideas on how to use your exit ticket data?

Join me one on one for a Technique & Treats session during a time that works for you. I will be available on Monday, 02-06-16 during 1st-7th period. You can sign up here or just stop by 211. http://tinyurl.com/CollabForm2

IC Schedule

ic-schedule-02-05Remember that I am here for instructional support. Schedule an observation with me if there is a great lesson you want me to witness, a challenging class you would like feedback about, or a new idea you want to try and need someone to help with! My observations carry NO evaluative weight and this is a great growth opportunity for us both.

I highly encourage you to fill out this quick request so that we can book our time together!“

Coaching & Collaboration Form.” http://tinyurl.com/CollabForm2

Just For Fun! 

Teach Like a Champion calls this the Threshold – See how Mr. White went viral with welcoming his students to class everyday! Super Inspiring!

CMS teacher connects to students with personalized handshakes



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