Our community of students, parents, and staff at Crystal is unparalleled. We are not just a brick and mortar building we are a FAMILY. One of the many definitions found in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary for family is a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation. At Crystal, we are united by our belief that ALL of our students deserve a high quality rigorous education. It is our pledge to provide ALL of our students with the foundation so that each and every one of them is college ready!
As the principal of Crystal Middle School it is my unwavering commitment to support each student, each family, and each staff member. It is my daily goal to provide guidance, insight, and resources that will allow each member of our school community and family to reach his/her ultimate potential. We are all learning and growing each day. Remember to reflect on moments in your past that have shaped where you are today. All of us in education are in a very unique position. Every day provides us a new opportunity to provide a student, a parent, or a community member a new piece of knowledge that will make him/her more powerful. You are the facilitators of great learning. Our students are the critical thinkers that seek knowledge to become fulfilled, resourceful, and to be able to provide our society the next level of innovation. Be innovative, be creative, and guide your students to their optimal potential.
Our next No Excuses Lesson is Monday, January 13th during fourth period. Each teacher will show the short video on RESPONSIBILITY and then have each student fill out his/her Goal Setting Page for 3rd quarter on page 5 on the student agenda. The activity should not take more than 15 minutes of your 4th period class. Here is the YouTube link for the video. http://youtu.be/Dp_cmLfJZ1w
We have had many of you check out our Chromebooks so far this year. If you want to check out the lab please make sure to fill out the Google Form. The link to the form can be found at the end of this paragraph. The calendar that is embedded in this blog also shows the dates that have been booked.
I would like to highlight Terry Murray and her use of BYOD in the classroom. Terry ventured into new territory last week when she conducted a BYOD lesson. She also utilized the Chromebooks with students to access websites and YouTube videos for students to engage in "student driven" inquiry. Terry engaged the students to think and discover information on ratios and proportions. She encouraged independence for the students. Students accessed You Tube and other websites to develop an initial understanding of ratios and proportions. Terry then facilitated a class discussion where the students shared what they had found out. It was then that she was able to add additional information to their newly formed knowledge base. Terry was very happy with the level of engagement and enthusiasm that the students exhibited during the lesson. There was purpose to the technology. Students had autonomy, purpose, and were moving towards mastery. Here are a few links that students accessed during her class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAW-JB1IVxA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmp6LGUF4LA http://www.algebrahelp.com/worksheets/view/proportionbasics.quiz
EXPLAIN: Explain is to tell someone about something in a way that is clear or easy to understand.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!