Pride Post #82

Dear team,

In his message at Baccalaureate Reverend Sessoms referenced the story of David and Goliath several times and it resonated beautifully with the coming week of testing.  We have taught our kids to throw and showed them the stones to grab.  This giant may be a bubble sheet and some word problems but if they knock this one down many more will topple in the future.

Much love and many thanks,


p.s. My line of the day came as I was working with a few fifth graders on some geometry problems.

Mr.  Dolan:  What shape is that? Is it a triangle, a quadrilateral, what?

Brianda: It’s a house

Dos and To Thinks

ì     Follow through with testing action items.

  1. Be aware of the pressure everyone feels and handle discipline with a quiet calm vibe.
  2. Create the vibe.

C. Be aware in the room.  Only you can prevent mis-administrations

  1. Take care of materials routinely and obsessively.
  2. Do what Stallings says.
  3. Be prepared to tell great stories of perseverance and grit to your future classes and walk away with lots of lesson learned about how to prep students even better in the years to come.
  4. Anything we talked about that I forgot to say.

ì     Let me know if there are any additions or corrections for the PP.

ì      Send Sutton your gown size.

Ongoing reminders

Take care of yourself and have fun with kids and teammates.

Plan and teach thoughtfully.

Save $ and resources creatively.  Shut off your AC and lights each night.  Every penny counts.

Seek out additional funding and resources.

This week I will try to…

ì      Observe and prep notes for EOY meetings.

ì      Participate in plant, budget, and leadership team meetings.

ì      Make post test work materials.

Upcoming Events and Due Dates

NC teaching fellows visit.

Monday, May 18, 2009

2016 EOY Trip

Tuesday May, 26-Friday May 29

2015 EOY Trip

Tuesday May, 26-Friday May 29

2014 EOY Trip

Saturday, May 30-Wednesday, June 3

2013 EOY Trip

Friday, May 29-Monday, June 1 (Williamsburg)

2013 Promotion Ceremony (all of us attend)

June 3

End of 4th Grading Period

June 5th

2009’s Commencement Ceremony (all of us attend)

June 6

Grades Due

June 8

Grade Verifications Out to Teachers

June 9

Grade Verifications Due Back

June 10

Report Cards Printed

June 12

Readings, Links, and Other ways to get smarter

1. Teaching and learning is an art and a science.

The title is hilarious and the blog post is a smart take on effective teaching.

I am typically not a David Brooks fan but this editorial is another compelling argument for effort-based intelligence. “Genius: The Modern View” by David Brooks in The New York Times, May 1, 2009 Kim Marshall highlighted this quote which could be a Pride slogan According to Brooks, “What Mozart had… was the same thing Tiger Woods had – the ability to focus for long periods of time and a father intent on improving his skills. Mozart played a lot of piano at a very young age, so he got his 10,000 hours of practice in early and then he built from there… The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It’s not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it’s deliberate practice. Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously practicing their craft.”

2. All students leave GCP with the desire and skills to choose the life they want and become the people they want to be.

Google will probably soon find some way to cell advertizing on our eyeballs and search our brains but as we wait for it to inevitably rule the universe we should make use of its incredible tools.  Check out the Google Wonder Wheel screencast on This would be a phenomenal tool to teach kids lateral thinking during their research. Here’s even more options from Google The timeline option for searches is kind of amazing as well.

As you are preparing summer work this could be a great site to review for resources.  There are loads of contests, scholarship opportunities, and lessons.  We know many kids will spend lots of time in front of a computer; how do we make that time valuable?

I think our school teaches kids about to delay gratification but certainly we could be more explicit about it. This study generated proof that kids who can delay gratification achieve more.

3. The students and teachers are passionate about ideas, their school, their community, and their growth.

Check out this article about artists inventing new sports.  Can PE become exercise and an exercise in creativity?  Does playing goofy games invite more kids? This links neatly to the Sports Illustrated for Kids story of a seventeen year old who invented a new kind of hockey pads.  How do we foster the creative mindset needed for our kids to be engineers, inventors, and artists?

A lovely essay about reading aloud

This website is a history buff’s dream.

Get your GCP photos online. Don’t keep those amazing pictures of classes, Pride times, and trips to yourself.  Share them on our shutterfly account.  I am looking for some high quality shots to frame for the front lobby.  If your shot is selected I will make you a free extra copy;

  1. You can upload your photos at                                        Password: pride

4. Our school embraces the idea that this is a long term struggle to build strong people and an enduring community institution.


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