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Instructional Update 9-13-19
Kathy House
Friday, September 13, 2019

My daughter sent me a text the other day saying…Hope you have a great day.  She followed it up with…well more accurately, make it a great day because everything else just is what it is!  How did she get so wise at 25?

I share this because she is absolutely right.  It may be especially true with today being Friday the 13th and a full Harvest moon looming in the sky.  There are so many things in our lives and our jobs that we cannot control, but we do have power over how we respond and how we react to these every day challenges.  I also share this because our focus this month is on an Equitable Learning Environment that demonstrates beliefs about learning.  One of the components in our anchor chart under this area is Maslow before Bloom.  To me this represents that we have to pay attention to the things our students, and even we as adults, carry in our invisible backpacks.  In many cases, these are things that we cannot control.  Many of these “things” can be directly related to the basic needs identified by Maslow.

Below is a link to a resource with some practical solutions to addressing the basic needs identified by Maslow…

Once we have set the stage for learning and determined a student or group of students ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development- referred to in last week’s instructional update), we are then ready to “Bloom”.  Attached are two visuals to help you incorporate higher order thinking through questioning that aligns with Bloom’s taxonomy. Bloom's Tools This will help as you think about scaffolding for students at different levels.

If you need more resources or would like some support as you develop your unit plans and begin incorporating different tools as we work through our anchor chart, please let me know.

Thank you for all you do for the students of Trimble County!