Thursday, September 15, 2016

Week of September 19

The +10 Mindset
Source:  Simon Sinek's Instragram post
Growth looks different for every person.  Some people start growing physically before others.  Some don't grow at all and then overnight, they grow 5 inches.  There is one inevitable truth about growth, and it is this.


That is why it is important that we remind our students that it is not always best to compare ourselves to others by looking at our current state or our current proficiency in learning.  It is, however, very healthy to look at our progress over time and determine if we are making the necessary growth that pushes us toward mastery in learning.

One thought that we must always remember about growth is that it is not a race.  It is, however, a journey.  Some will grow faster while others will grow slower.  Furthermore, we must teach our students that the focus shouldn't be on the speed of growth, but on our commitment to our growth and personal development, for that is how we ensure that we set our sights on making lasting growth instead of growth that is fast and more likely unnecessary growth.

Upcoming Events
  • Ms. Pelzel's math students are proving their learning
    by creating an instructional video on how to solve
    specific problems.
    Fri, 9/16 - Homecoming Parade at 1 p.m.
  • Fri, 9/16 - VB vs Wolfe City at 4:30  HOME
  • Fri, 9/16 - FB vs Quinlan Boles at 7:30 - HOMECOMING
  • Sat, 9/17 - Cross Country at Princeton 8 a.m.
  • Mon, 9/19 - September Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tue, 9/20 - HS VB vs Trenton at 5 p.m. AWAY
  • Thu, 9/22 - JH & JV FB vs Collinsville 5 & 6:30 p.m. HOME
  • Thu, 9/22 - Yearbook begins selling ads
  • Fri, 9/23 - HS VB vs Savoy 4:30  AWAY
  • Fri, 9/23 - V FB vs Collinsville 7:30 AWAY
  • Sat, 9/24 - Cross Country at Trenton 8:30 a.m.  
  • Great job to BRES teachers on their Reading Night.
    Mon, 9/26 - 1st 6 Weeks Assessment Week Begins

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Teacher Growth = Adult Growth
BRES Teachers in an after school learning
session on the power of Google Sheets
Learning isn't just for kids.  It's for adults as well.  Curriculum director, Amy Hopkins, is working with principals and teachers to offer a multitude of learning opportunities for our teachers.  The best thing about this form of learning is that it is being led by our very own teachers and administrators.  To the right, BRES teachers are engaged in an after-school training learning about the district's new lesson plan template and how to use Google Sheets to make more relevant and meaningful lessons.

Teachers in our district have the option to learn in a multitude of formats such as:

  • After-school face to face training
  • Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Online Night Class from the comforts of their own home.
  • Twitter chats
It is so exciting to work in a place where teachers are continuously learning with and from one another.  When teacher learning and growth becomes the constant, student growth will certainly follow.   This is an exciting time in Blue Ridge ISD, and our teachers are a huge reason for the excitement that is growing.

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