Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New School Year + New Challenges = Greater Success

The 2015- 2016 school year is upon us and I welcome it with open arms. Last year during this time I spent a lot of time writing, talking and thinking about "ghost." What I mean by that is that I did not know my staff or students and I barely knew the community. All of this has changed and the greatest change is knowing the staff because in order to lead you must know who you are leading. Being a great teacher means differentiating your instruction to meet the needs of your students and the location or role you can be in a factory in a classroom or in an auditorium.

At Eaton Middle School we have a number of initiatives that were started last year that will continue to grow this year. The largest initiative is our Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) piece, which is a strategy implemented building wide to provide students with a method to comprehend and write at a higher level regarding a passage of informational text. This initiative was launched last year and I look forward to seeing what level our students and teachers will advance this to this year. Our summative and formative assessments will strengthen and provide "real" feedback.

This school year brings back so many "Highly Qualified Teachers" at EMS and we welcome two new educators as well. This is not only an exciting time to be a student at EMS but also a great time to be a teacher where we will work together to provide a challenging rigorous curriculum every day. 

So what are we going to do with one of the greatest opportunities and responsibilities we could ever ask for........ Attack!

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