March 7, 2014
I have lots of articles to read come across my email. Some are interesting, some not. (Truly, most I don’t actually have time to read.) Several lately have talked about the importance of movement and play to learning. From Give Students Time To Play by Debbie Rhea: When a human sits for longer than about 20 minutes, the physiology of the brain and body changes. Gravity begins to pool blood into the hamstrings, robbing the brain of needed oxygen and glucose, or brain fuel. The brain essentially just falls asleep when we sit for too long. Moving and being active stimulates the neurons that fire in the brain. When you are sitting, those neurons don't fire. After sitting in 3 different meetings today, I believe it! Intrigued? I’ve posted the article on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfield-Education-Association-Springfield-Oregon/250866368399375
Congratulations to the staff of Two Rivers Dos Rios on being chosen as Springfield’s first Professional Development School or PDS. TRDR will partner with Pacific University to create a new way of working with teacher candidates (student teachers) in Springfield.
The evaluation committee met again Thursday. We put a structure for future professional development around evaluation in place. We have also begun a plan for soliciting your feedback on what is going well, what isn’t working well, what needs tweaking, what needs more support in this new system. After gathering your input, we can begin to flesh out other future trainings. We also made suggestions for revising our Teacher Evaluation Handbook. More info coming soon.
Teacher Town Hall
The first Teacher Town Hall Meeting with Hertica was this week on Thursday. The small crowd generated some big questions. Topics ranged from middle school bus duty to elementary counselors, to high school schedules. I appreciated the thoughtful questions and the thoughtful answers. I highly encourage you to attend the next Teacher Town Hall on April 10 at SHS.
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.