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Anyone Stressed?

April 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

9   So I came across this quote today and couldn’t help but pause and laugh. As an elementary school principal, leading a group of teachers and students into the next couple of weeks has “stress” written all over it!  Everywhere you turn people are stressed, kids are stressed, parents are stressed and yes, I […]

So currently we are on spring break.  I spent several hours scouring the internet for advice on how to understand or “unpack” the standards.  I was struck by the amount of misinformation to be found about the concept.  So it inspired me to write a quick post on understanding what the standards truly mean and […]

One of the greatest gifts we can give our students is the ability to write.  It’s not just a gift, it’s an unbelievably powerful tool!  Recently, I was sitting with my  daughter who is now in college. She said to me,  “mom, the best thing I learned in AJUSD was how to write and you […]

This weekend, we had so much going on!  As I reflect, what a great weekend for our students and our community.  Friday, we had what is quickly becoming our annual Father/Daughter Dance.  While lots of learning took place on Friday, it was wonderful to see the young ladies of Peralta Trail Elementary School looking forward […]

So, it’s something that the majority of teachers out there are familiar with, the use of jigsawing of informational text to scaffold learning for students.  It’s a popular teaching strategy for the differentiated classroom.  At our school, I most often see it used to review a major concept by supporting the concept with various levels […]

Today was such a learning opportunity for me.  I had the chance to teach 6th grade Language Arts.  We were learning about how Ancient Greece has influenced modern times.  The students read through the story with my help and I found myself asking quite a few questions of the class.  One of the things I […]

Every Student

January 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

How do I meet the various needs of every student in the classroom? Have you ever found yourself pondering this question?  Have you been evaluated and your principal asked, how can you demonstrate that all students are engaged in the lesson or how can you assess if learning is taking place? Ever said, I’m not […]

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