Now that the school year is launched, we will be hosting weekly “Coffee with the Principal,” meetups starting at 8:45. Each week will feature discussion amongst community members about different aspects of school – present, and future. I will be inviting other members of our leadership team to join us too.
Tuesday, October 2nd was our second “Coffee with the Principal.” Based on the request from last week’s Coffee with the Principal, we focused on rubrics, and how they can be used effectively to support teaching and learning with a strong commitment to student voice and choice. The group worked together with a fairly straightforward rubric that describes each of the 6 traits of writing and how it is expressed in an essay. Parents experienced an introductory lesson in determining the relative strength or value of a piece of writing based upon an effective rubric. We had an engaging dive into this essential teaching and learning tool. We anticipate repeating this for the first “Brown Baggin’ with Dr. B.” bring your own dinner evening on Thursday, October 18th, from 5:30-7:00. We will either gather in my office, or the teacher’s lounge, based on attendance. We want to try to keep these sessions as dynamic and engaging as our first two coffees have been, so we will be posting an RSVP next week.
Thank you to all who joined have joined us thus far.
Next Week’s Plans
Next week’s Coffee with the Principal has to be cancelled, as I must go to a district meeting. (We will resume on Tuesday, October 16th, with an exploration into mindsets and their power when it comes to teaching and learning, and developing our capacities to be global citizens.)
Thursday, Oct 11this the Parent-Teacher social, our first opportunity to eat dinner and chat about school.
On a wonderful, textile-rich tangent: All are invited, parents and students, to join the Lanier Knit and Crochet Club next Wednesday, October 10thfrom 4:00-5:30 in the Teacher’s Lounge. I am providing yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks. We hope to firm up regular meeting dates, probably twice a month, going forward.
It is our plan to have our coffee and dinner educational chats provide flexibility for parents. Because we are concerned about space, we will post a survey to enable parents to RSVP to “Brown Baggin’ with Dr. B.” to ensure that we hold this gathering in the right space.
Please check out the resources I am sharing HERE. It is my objective to share readings of interest to inform our discussions. Please offer me feedback about them. If there is a particular topic that you would like to have featured in our discussions, a survey will be shared soon – I welcome your feedback.