November 24, 2014
Reuther’s Intellectual Character by Ron Ritchhart Book Club is taking twitter this week! Check out the conversation about chapter four on twitter with #rmsICbookclub
At last week’s SIP meeting, several examples of how the UA teachers are using VT strategies in their classrooms were reported by the awesome Jason Shafer. Be sure to stop by and check out the headlines from Lisa Saraniecki’s seventh grade classes on money management. This department is on fire!
Check out the “What’s New” on the Think from the Middle website. Two new additions have been added this week. Maybe your video will be next? If you are using one of these in your classroom and are willing to be recorded or send us pictures, we would love to add them to the website! We are looking for videos/pictures on the following routines:
o Circle of Viewpoints
o Claim, Support, Question
o Compass Points
o Peeling the Fruit
o Zoom In
o And many, many more!
Be thankful for only one more day of school this week (and all of the other blessings in your life!)
November 17, 2014
The Technology Matrix is now being assembled in ELA classes. You will NOT need to take your homeroom down to the computer labs to do this.
Julie Rains and Erika Lusky, RCS employees, presented at the Project Zero Perspectives: Making, Thinking, Understanding national conference in San Francisco, CA in October. Check out their story on our Think from the Middlewebsite. Additionally, Ron Ritchhart devoted an entire chapter of his new book Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools to Julie and Erika’s classroom approach Enbrighten® and the work they have done. Here’s a link to the book (from above) which is due out next spring.
Looking to do some professional reading? This article by David Perkins is about creating a culture of thinking in your own classroom. Happy reading! http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov93/vol51/num03/-Creating-a-Culture-of-Thinking.aspx
November 10, 2014
Think Tank Thursday this Thursday from 2:30 – 3:30 in Room 131. Counts for PPD!
On Facebook? Join the Making Thinking Visible group to see examples from educators around the country.
Check it out! The showcase in the front lobby is now displaying Ron Ritchhart’s 9 Apps for Parents. This month: Developing a Growth Mindset. Along with the updated showcase, the Reuther website has been updated and connects with the monthly parent app.
Links to the 8 Cultural Forces have been added to the home page of our Think from the Middle website for easy searching.