Ferndale Upper Elementary
Ferndale Upper Campus Definitions:
Question of the Day
Problem solving is candy for the brain. Starting each day with a specific challenge question for the students to answer as they enter the room and settle in will begin their day of learning. Each grade level will have the same Question of the Day for kids to answer.
This meeting will be comprised on researched based practices taken from Responsive Classroom, Why Try Curriculum, Positive Behavior Support, and Morning Meeting strategies. Teachers will have scripted lesson plans app. 3 days a week. (More the first 6 weeks of school and before/after holidays) This will support behavior, character development, social-emotional development, and citizenship.
A Brain Break is a necessary part of everyone’s day. This will be a time to drink water, have systematic movement (music/games), and tools to turn their brains on for a day of learning. It would be a great time for School Wide Visual Announcements. (Lauren & Dina will work with Principal/Social Worker on an easy accessible tool such as Teacher Tube to use)
Intervention & Enrichment
This will be a designated part of the day and will be dependent on grade level data. At some grade levels this time may be done solely by one teacher who sets up centers in his/her classroom to support specific skill development. It may be a grade level support system where the team of teachers use the DRA data to place students in specific reading groups for reading support or enrichment/book club.
Beginning in Grades 3 - 5 students will have Spanish 2 to 3 times a week within their classroom by a certified Spanish teacher. This will not take place at the specific time in the sample schedule above/but will be where the other 2 days a week the classroom teacher has designated time for specific, individualized intervention skill building and enrichment opportunities for the class or with a co-class.
Each grade level team has begun to develop what specific PBL opportunities they will begin with in the 2016-2017 school year. Having specific time built into the schedule and school year will allow teachers to feel confident that the PBL opportunities can take place within the school day with small components to be completed at home. As we continue to learn more about PBL we will continue to expand our practice.
End of Day Reflection
Our brain is goal oriented and pattern seeking. Students need to be able to set goals and reflect on their learning. By having a clear procedure at the end of each day where we calm our bodies (through quiet music, visualization or simple yoga moves) and then ‘picture’ or ‘reflect’ on something specific about the day we are enhancing our students frontal lobe. Teachers will have sample questions/pictures to use as a support for this or they will build their own repertoire of questions specific to the class needs. A designated time to look over individual data folders and respond to specific questions will build on students reflective learning.