At one of our recent professional development days our Superintendent, Derk Garcia, spoke about the need to get better everyday. He asked us a few questions to think about. When we get our students in the morning, by the time they leave our school for the day, did they get better by being in our classrooms? Do they leave us better each day than when they first arrived?
|Adria Klein speaking to our teachers during one of our PD days|
|Our staff at the district technology day called THINKFest|
As a teacher, that small improvement can be hard to see. As a principal, seeing that progress can be even more difficult. Sometimes our students seem to take a step backward. There are days where what they just knew the day before they don't know today. There are days when I leave school and I know I worked hard but did any of that work make a difference for our students.
|Tree of Life in the Art Room, this month's art project|
But that's the thing, our students are improving. When I look at data I can see students growing. Our school is improving and I can see the changes and progress we have made. We now have before school intervention for some of our younger students who are still emerging as readers. We now have music weekly for our TK and K students. We have an Art Room up and running so our students have a place to do art. We have a Choir for our 2nd and 3rd graders, Tech Club for our 4th and 5th grade students. We have new art around campus. When I walk through classrooms students are having more academic conversations more than ever before. They are getting the chance to use speaking and listening to better understand content.
|"Almost Pitch Perfect" our 2nd and 3rd grade choir|
|Our 4th and 5th grade Tech Club using Spheros|
|Sharing our learning and visits to other teacher's classrooms on Twitter|
There are still areas I see the need for improvement as a school. Personally I need to still improve on how I can support teachers as we integrate new math strategies, increase student reading of non-fiction texts, how we can get students to write more and continue to foster their love of reading. There are plenty of areas I need to keep improving so I can help our teachers best help our students.