News from Covington Schools Superintendent
The following information comes from the Monday Morning Message, a weekly e-newsletter from Covington Independent Public Schools superintendent Lynda Jackson.
- KUDOS to our 10 newest Ron Clark teachers. The teachers attended the Ron Clark Academy on October 5 where they observed and attended sessions on teaching with high energy and high student engagement. These teachers are also part of a research study which will compare teacher pedagogy before and after attending the academy. Congratulations to Glenn O. Swing Elementary School teachers: Rachel Jennings, Sherry Lindberg, Elizabeth Lenen, Linda Craig and Ellen Cochran and Holmes Middle School teachers Celeste Hill-Brockett, Heidi Mayleben, Josh Young, Stephanie Turner and Jacob Murphy.
- KUDOS to the Holmes marching band for its outstanding performance on Saturday, October 6 in the Pulaski County Marching Band Festival. The band performed very well and ran away with the awards in Class AAA, winning Best Percussion, Best Guard and 1st Place.
- KUDOS to Ellen Cochran, kindergarten teacher at Glenn O. Swing, for creating a class website to communicate happenings in her class with her parents. She has gone above and beyond this year with parental contacts. Communication is the key with parents.
KUDOS to Glenn O. Swing's Wildcat Club coordinators Nicole Freyberger and Elizabeth Lenen for coordinating the after school program that is serving 300 students every day. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
- KUDOS to Holmes High School for its Career Fair that took place on Wednesday, October 10. Students experienced a different twist to the traditional career fair when greeted by staff, business and community members who used vehicles to get students interested in the eight career clusters at Holmes. Special thanks to Trisha Brundage, career cluster teachers and custodial staff who helped to make this event successful.
- NO SCHOOL MONDAY - Professional Development Day
- Superintendent Awards at Latonia, Tuesday, 7:15 a.m.
- Focus Visit at Latonia Elementary School, Tuesday, 8 a.m.
- Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Instructional Support Center
- Superintendent Awards, Glenn O. Swing, Wednesday, 7:15 a.m.
- Council-to-Council meeting, Wednesday, 5 - 7 p.m., Holmes High School Cafe'
- Superintendent Awards, John G. Carlisle Elementary, Thursday, 7:15 a.m.
- Lights On After School Bus Tour, Glenn O. Swing, Thursday, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
- Holmes Middle School Site-based decision-making meeting, Thursday, 4 p.m., Holmes Middle School Conference Room
- Glenn O. Swing Site-based decision-making meeting, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
- Sixth District Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, 10 a.m.
Spotlight on... Right is Right
As we continue to look for ways to engage all students, Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion states, "the research consistently shows that holding high expectations improves student achievement." Unfortunately, the problem is that the definition of high expectations varies widely. Below is a technique from the book for holding high expectations that top teachers use.
RIGHT IS RIGHT is that the teacher should set and defend a high standard of correctness by only naming "right" those answers which are truly and completely right. There are four ways to use the RIGHT IS RIGHTtechnique.
1. Hold out for all the way. When students are close to the answer, tell them they're almost there. While great teachers don't confuse effort and mastery, they do use simple, positive language to appreciate what students have done and to hold them to the expectation that they still have more to do. For example, "I like what you've done. Can you get us the rest of the way?"
2. Answer the question. Students learn if they don't know an answer they can answer a different question, particularly if they relate it to their own lives. If they can't identify a story's setting, for example, a student might start with, "That reminds me of something in my neighborhood..." Or, you ask for a definition and a student gives you an example, "Eyeball is a compound word." Instead, direct the student back to the question at hand, "Kim, that's an example, I want the definition."
3. Right answer, right time. Sometimes students get ahead of you and provide the answer when you are asking for the steps to the problem. While it may be tempting to accept this answer, if you were teaching the steps, then it is important to make sure students have mastered those steps, "My question wasn't about the solution. It was, what do we do next?"
4. Use technical vocabulary. Good teachers accept words students are already familiar with as right answers, "Volume is the amount of space something takes up." Great teachers push for precise technical vocabulary, "Volume is the cubic units of space an object occupies." This approach strengthens a student's vocabulary and better prepares her for college.
Written by Lynda Jackson