Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 9 Staff Inservice Day

A productive day was had by all on the October 9 Staff Inservice Day.  Various small groups worked on mapping content standards and performance indicators, drafting assessments, and sharing best practices in math and reading.  Science was a main focus for our classroom teachers.  The morning was spent learning about their new science resource site, STEMscopes.  Two of our own teachers---Amanda Blunda and Kirsten Gould---facilitated groups actually doing science activities, showing how our students can learn from them.  Our teachers got to explore and plan with the online resource as well.  The afternoon focus for all groups was getting kids up and moving while learning. Everyone learned about the biology behind the brain, movement, focus, and learning, and the benefits to providing this every day for kids.  They also learned some simple strategies and activities to easily incorporate this throughout every school day.