Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Super Improvers Team

Admittedly, I've been slacking on using WBT in my classroom this year. With the huge grade level change (3rd - 7/8th math only) and all that comes with such a move, I've focused a lot on adjusting to the changes. However, I needed something to spark my students. Enter my Super Improvers Team! Sarah Meador, a fellow WBT teacher gave me some tips on how she has used the SIW but  as a whole class rather than individually.

Each of my classes has their own page. I created them using PowerPoint so I can easily edit the goals and print out a new one. To show the color changes in the levels, I'll print the class name using the colors.

 Like Sarah, I chose to have them get 5 marks for each goal. Each day, I choose a student to place the marks. The first level goals included 80% of students will be seated when the bell rings, 80% of students will have the necessary materials, and 80% of students will have their completed homework. So far, the classes have the first two goals and they are working on the last. One of the 7th grades may get it this week.

So, where do I go for their next goals? I'm considering 100% of students complete their homework since 90% would only add 1 more student (I have classes of 16, 17 and 12 students), something related to Rule 2, and a system of notebook "checks" as some students don't think it's necessary to actually write down the examples I give or even write down the problems we work from the textbook. Hello, this is math - that requires pencil and paper to be used, not just shown as having necessary materials!

Anyone else out there using SIT with their classes? What kinds of goals do you set for your students and do you let them have some input on what the goals are?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Currently

Hello blog friends! I apologize for not having anything new in a while. I even missed the October Currently! So, I'm playing catch-up. Here's my edition of Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade's November Currently.



Listening: I love NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles!

Loving: A little over 2 weeks ago, I added a member to my family. She's the cutie you see below. Her name is Chloe. She sat perfectly for her first picture! As you can see, she does like to sleep with me and even got a little comfortable under my sheets. The last picture I took a short while ago. The white cat in the back, Kitkat, who is actually a calico like Chloe according to my vet, is her sister. We aren't sure if she's a full or half sibling, but we know they have the same mom.

Thinking, Wanting: These 2 sorta go together. Thanksgiving is coming soon and I'm so glad! My school doesn't have a "fall break" like some others have, so we go from the Labor Day break all the way to Thanksgiving. It's hard on the students and teachers.

Needing: The weather here in Louisiana has been so crazy. Upper 70's to lower 40's. The kids are starting to come down with strep throat and sinus infections. I had to start a round of Claritin D along with some Mucinex. Still have the cough but it's getting better. At least I can talk - many teachers in my hall have lost theirs recently!

A yummy pin: This pin is a recipe that I've used for a long time, but not sure where I actually got it from. I call it strawberry terrific cake. I like it at this time of year. When I could, I've used strawberry or even French vanilla Cool Whip for some added flavor!