Hello Cascade Parents and Students!
I want to thank all of the students and parents who attended the student-led conferences. It was a very proud moment when I saw a student showing her mother her goals and how she planned on attaining them. We also learned quite a bit in the process. We will continue to do student led conferencing because we know it is extremely powerful for a student to take control of their studies. In a meta analysis study conducted by John Hattie, we have learned that students who take part in goal setting and ownership of their grades, reach growth in a subject must faster than those who don't. Check out his research at this website. http://visible-learning.org/hattie-ranking-influences-effect-sizes-learning-achievement/ In reflection, we will only have 3 conferences going on at a time instead of 5. We will also stagger the start time so that everyone has access to the teacher for questions when the conference is finished with the student and parent.
Our focus this year to improve our school are in four areas. The 1st is to teach this growth mindset or "grit". We want to teach students to persevere through difficult equations, topics and conflicts. The 2nd is for teachers to think about how they can assess their students daily on learning (assessment for learning). These aren't tests, but several checkin's a day to see if the students are understanding new material. The 3rd is to make sure everyone in the class is participating and is engaged. There are specific strategies we can use to make sure everyone is taking part in learning. The 4th is relationships. We know that if students feel like they belong, they will thrive. "You can't reach their head until you know their heart". If you look at the research in the link above, you will see there is a high correlation to learning with these four components.
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Lastly, I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the traditional meals and time spent with my children. I wish all of you a relaxing break during November 24th -28th. The students at Cascade are amazing and we appreciate their smiles, laughter, and hard work!