Hope you enjoyed your long weekend as I did with family and friends!!!
Our PD this morning on Professional Learning Community was fantastic, I have learned some of the things that I still need to do to contribute to the team and have validated some of the things that we are already proactively doing as a whole to target the strengths and needs of our students.
Check this out: http://digitalanthology.blogspot.com/ (click)
Ms. Felton already mentioned about our SPED Dep't Website; I have extended what used to be my class portal to our now JMS SPED portal in the spirit of collaboration. To innovatively address the issues that we are having (yes, we listen and we do something hoping to resolve everyone's concerns) regarding differentiating instruction, modifying classwork, and availability of SPED instructional resources to help ALL our struggling kids (not just students with IEP), we have made these accessible to you 24/7 even after school hours:
- letters to parents and students
- SPED syllabus
- class rules and expectations
- lesson presentations
- lesson plans and HW
- SPED course materials
- project rubrics
- helpful tips
All members of our team (Ms. Lobban, Ms. McMillan, Ms. Wright, myself) will be posting announcements and resources as frequently as possible. Please give us a few days to train ourselves on how to use this wonderful collaborative tool. Also, please give us your constructive feedback (e.g. how else can we improve this website to better serve you and our students) about the SPED Dep't digital portfolio.
Of course, nothing compares to one-on-one conversations, please come by our rooms during our planning time (mine is 3rd Period) and/ or afterschool hours so we can talk about our concerns. As always, let us work together to meet our common goal: helping our students succeed.
Thank you and have a great week!!!
Maria Angala, NBCT