Wednesday, September 16, 2009

S.O.L.A.R. - cooperative learning directions

Ms. Townsend uses S.O.L.A.R. strategy to guide students in cooperative learning activities.

S - Silently listen to your partner
O - Orient your body to the speaker
L - Lean in and use a quiet voice
A - Affirm listening with body language
R - Respond when the speaker is finished with a reflective list

I love these concrete strategies that help students to achieve the best performance when engaged in cooperative learning.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Getting ready for the new school year!

I am unbelievably excited to see the students arrive next Tuesday!
My anticipation has been maximized by the excellent staff development time I was able to share with the Slauson Staff. Since last Spring, I've had an accumulating appreciation and awareness of the excellence of the team at Slauson. The two days we just had working together as a Professional Learning Community have truly unveiled the caring, dedicated, and enthusiastic nature of the Slauson Staff. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this team.