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Helen Gorman Elementary
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Our Learning Story

 

Our Learning Story

At the beginning of our journey...

September 2015

SCHOOL GOAL FOR 2015-2016

  • Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with specific emphasis on building independent readers.

 

 

     BUT 

 

  • At staff meetings we will begin to discuss what we may want to change our goal to as we have meet our reading goal at HGE.

October 2015

School Goal

Review our last 5 years

Should we change our focus? Competencies? Zones of Regulation? Math?

What are our school needs?

Your thoughts:  School Goal

(Any answer is a good answer)

What do you think our school needs are today? And why?

November/December 2015

  • School Goals

    Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with specific emphasis on building independent readers.
  • Hand out all Teacher Thoughts collected
    • What's in common?
  1. For Discussion:
  • School Goals 
  • Goal: to come up with a direction for the future

                    Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with    

                    specific emphasis on building independent readers. (Current goal.   

                  We have met this.))
  • Hand out all Teacher Thoughts collected

    January/Febraury 2016
  • School Goals
  • Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with specific emphasis on building independent readers. (See Back)

Notes from December Staff Meeting:

  • What's in common?

                  -Math

               -"New" competencies

               -goals that span the grades
  • Decisions:

                  -Math will be our academic goal across the grades in

                the coming years (WLN can be leaders)

                  *we will try to work with the Middle Schools/High      

                  Schools to find out what they are noticing at those

                  levels to determine what we can improve on (create
  •                continuity) – there is a meeting on January 27 where GMS grade 7 math teachers are meeting with feeder school math teachers – Derek and Kim to attend
  • Goal - What do we want to accomplish at HGE in the next five years in Math?
  • How should the goal read?
  • Goal – How can it be measured?

March 2016

School Goal: Continuation on the discussion

Current Goal to be revised: Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with specific emphasis on building independent readers.

  • Continue our primary and intermediate group discussions on:
    • What do we want to accomplish at HGE in the next five years in Math.
    • How should the goal read?
    • How can the goal be measured?
  • Meet as a whole group – seek cohesiveness

For Discussion:

Break into our two groups, primary and intermediate to continue working on school goal brainstorming.

School Goal: Continuation on the discussion

Current Goal to be revised: Our school will continue to improve the reading level of all students, with specific emphasis on building independent readers.

  • Continue our primary and intermediate group discussions on:
    • What do we want to accomplish at HGE in the next five years in Math
    • How should the goal read?
    • How can the goal be measured?
  • Meet as a whole group – seek cohesiveness

    BIG TASK: to create a means to assess students for a baseline of where our students are at.  THEN:  how do we measure the concepts we include in our goal.

    This will be a long process for us as a group.

    April 2016
  • School Goal: Continuation on the discussion - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Review other school's goal

Look at schools who have goals with numeracy, Linda will email school to ask how they measure goals.

Discussed goal:

Intermediate teachers spoke to their list: improving number sense what does that mean? place value, sense of number, less abstract/ more real, common language, number talks, product, sum difference, numbers can be represented by, math is not about getting an answer…  (Students are not solid at the middle school level)

 

Primary Teachers spoke to their list: Much the same ideas. Take away fear for students and parents around math. More time spent with hands on math. Spend money on math supplies in the classroom.

 

Discussed how to measure goal: survey for students, report cards…

Discussed language to use in goal.

 

Students will develop and strengthen their fluidity and flexibility with numbers using common language. Students will demonstrate an improved level of confidence and ability to apply their number sense to real world situations.

May 2016

School Goals: Under Construction

  • Students will develop and strengthen their fluidity and flexibility with numbers using common language. Students will demonstrate an improved level of confidence and ability to apply their number sense to real world situations.
    • Word smith goal
    • discussion of measurement

Compass Points

School Goals: Under Construction

  • Students will develop and strengthen their ability to use and understand numbers using common mathematical language. Students will demonstrate confidence in communicating and applying their number sense to real world situations.
    • discussion of measurement- NOT TODAY- to be discussed at a later date

June 2016

School Goals

  • Students will develop and strengthen their ability to use and understand numbers using common mathematical language. Students will demonstrate confidence in communicating and applying their number sense to real world situations. (measurement still needs to be determined – implementation day ?) *Review to Compass Points – keep

 

 

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Our Learning Story

 

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Our Learning Story

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