This second day focuses on students. Each cluster of four core-class teachers sits for about 90 minutes with the guidance counselor and special-education facilitators. We get a brief description of about twenty of our 80-something students -- the brand-new move-ins, the girl whose sister died last spring, and particularly those with IEPs and special-ed support. Within about one hour we feel like:
After lunch, the four core teachers met in my room to make some class roster swaps. Twin sisters should not be in the same section! 14 boys + 8 girls = 1 nightmare!! It's always better to make these changes before the first day, although we can and should make some more switches later in September.
One flipping relevant item from today:
- I helped the assistant principal learn to use the Chrome extension Screencastify, so she can produce a 7-minute presentation for teachers to watch about the difference between accommodations & modifications. It only took a few minutes to get up and running and make a test video. She was so happy! I feel hopeful that more school-based announcements and PD can get flipped this year.