Lessons to Remember for 2011-2012

  1. Review, repeatedly, all IEP and 504 materials on all relevant students. This might be a great thing to do as I look over the lesson plans for the following week.
  2. Create a 4X6 card for every student: name, parents’ names, emails and phone numbers, any relevant SPED information.
  3. Make sure that EVERY piece of student work has a proper heading.
  4. Start academic requirements for participation in sports and enrichments at the beginning of the year.
  5. Compile separate lists for Band, Regular Algebra, Accelerated Algebra, Science Olympiad, and Geometry.
  6. When you schedule MAP meetings: a) follow up the letter with your own email and phone calls; b) make MAP goals simple and easy to track, like Computation, 5-Paragraph Essay; Read X books, vocabulary. Track achievement of these goals before the end of the month and compel a reflection on progress.
  7. Remember the power of Friday AM Recess!!!
  8. Get posters of the Geologic Time Scale and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
  9. Review all NWEA and MCAS scores for the incoming 8th Grade class.
  10. Start Lunch Duty for ALEKS at the beginning of the year.
  11. Embed MCAS questions, all topics, all formats, into your scope and sequence for the entire year.
  12. Computation on Monday.
  13. Science test on Wednesday, Math test and Problem Solving on Thursday.
  14. Maintain only one Absent Box.
  15. Start NYTimes Science article summaries earlier.
  16. How can you present the Lab Report Rubric as a Graphic Organizer?
  17. Plan for at least two full-blown labs, complete with reports, per term.
  18. No duplicates at Exhibition if you can help it. Do a better job of mapping students to projects for Exhibition.
  19. Make a better calendar.  not sure what this means…
  20. Reteach Expectations and Consequences during Monday/Friday Advisory every eight weeks.
  21. Put graph paper notebooks on your supply list.
  22. Build a Word Wall for Science and Math.

About gblakney

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, passionate EdTech user who loves to experiment with new methods and tools in the classroom. Following the lead of Dan Meyer and Jo Boaler, I create a safe place for kids to discover the fun and beauty of maths. I use Number Talks and Groupwork to make maths accessible for all of my students. I enjoy Mathematics and I'm enthusiastic about teaching; the kids really respond to that.
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