Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Why didn't students have school? What were the teachers doing today?

Today was an In-Service day for teachers and no school for students.  So what did teachers do with their time today?

Barrows staff spent their day in a variety of trainings.  All K-6 classroom and special education teachers and paraprofessionals participated in trainings on the new math curriculum with trainers from Math in Focus.  Additionally they spent time collaborating with district-wide colleagues to create cover sheets for the new curriculum assessments that will be used as a communication tool with parents to indicate how students performed on their end-of-unit assessments. 

Other work done today included preparation and planning for the new Health/Wellness curriculum, planning for individual student needs, viewing a presentation by Boston Children's Hospital, preparing for meeting students' social/emotional needs, updating literacy benchmarks, and creating District Determined Measures (DDMs.) 

This work is key to your child's day-to-day learning and is not possible to complete in short periods of planning time and requires staff to work with their counterparts across the district.  Although our teaching and learning time is our priority, this work will help us do the best job we can!

I encourage you to attend the information session about the Math in Focus program information session for parents that is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the RMHS Performing Arts Center and will feature a guest presenter from Math in Focus.

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