Personality Trait Activity with Staff - FUN!

In order to get to know each other better we did a personality trait activity at our back-to-school staff meeting. Of course this is not a research based tried and tested activity but it was fun to see where everyone fell according to their self-assessments. We laughed a lot!

Acting - "Let's do it!" 
Likes to try things, likes to act, plunges in:)

Caring, likes know that everyone's feelings have been taken into consideration and their voices heard before taking action.
Likes to look at the big picture, the possibilities, before acting.

Paying attention to details. Likes to know the who, what, when, where before acting.

Each poster was divided into 4 sections. After everyone found their group they had to fill out the following 4 sections:
  1. 4 adjectives that describe your groups strengths
  2. 4 adjectives that describe your groups limitations
  3. What style/group do we find the most difficult to work with?
  4. What do other groups need to know about us to be able to work better with us?
Feel free to use this activity with your staff:) Lots of fun!

Begin Year & Faculty Meeting Anchor Charts

Here are some of our agendas and notes from the first days of school meetings:
We are going through Adaptive Schools Training and brought back some information from our summer training. The Working Agreements are from last year and we are going to tweak these.
When our Leadership Team met we were trying to determine what to put in our grade level binders/data binders. This was our brainstorming list. It's just a start.
As our family structures evolve so do our school structures. We are trying to determine a new/better direction for our PTO. We are in the middle of discussing what could be PTO related and what can be Volunteer Program assigned. Another work in progress and these are the brainstorming notes from our first session.

My new blogging strategy is just to take pictures because I am so short on time lately:) We will see how affective this is:)

The Gift of Time

At the beginning of the school year we like to leave a special gift and/or inspiration on the teachers desks. I think this is a combination of ideas I've seen all over the place but here's what it looks like....

Adapted from this poem

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"Flipped Faculty Meeting" 2012

 (Cross-posted on my staff Memo website)

This is my first attempt at a "Flipped Faculty Meeting"! What better meeting to "flip" than your first meeting when you have to cover so much "content" that teachers can read on their own? The videos are a little "tongue and cheak" and meant to be funny.
I cannot take all the credit for this. When I mentioned my idea to another principal in the district SHE DID ALL THE WORK!! I used the videos she found and changed the content of the meeting to fit my staff/building. Other than that, I used her format. THANKS ANGELA!!!

Many of you have probably heard the term "flipped classroom." The idea behind this is that students (in our case teachers) can get the content of the information on their own then come to class and apply the knowledge. So we are going to try it!!! Below you will find a link with all the nuts and bolts of our usual beginning of the year Faculty Meeting. Information that has changed is in red text.
In the past we have gone over this bullet by bullet. This year I am allowing you to read and consume this information on your own time. You have an iPad AND Laptop to do this. If you do not have either of these or a personal computer at home. You can check out a Netbook from Mrs. Miller in the Library next week. Matt Rosebrough is planning an exciting introductory activity when you return Monday August 13th to review this information and make sure everyone is clear about the key points.
Hopefully you will enjoy this format! This is meant to present this information in a lighter tone than the usual lecture format:) I hope that you find some humor in some of the video additions to the information.

You are responsible for all this content! Participation is mandatory. You have until August 13th to complete this assignment. You will sign off that you have learned all of this information.


1. Please enjoy the first few minutes of this video and you think about dress code. Please read about our dress code in the teacher handbook.( Click here and read about Dress Code.)

2. Don't let this happen to you! (See information regarding work hours.

The Real Reason - Demotivational Poster 

 3. Classroom Management is very important. My how things have changed since 1947! After viewing the first few minutes of this video please refer to the "student discipline" section

4. Make sure you are alert on the playground at all times. We have been a little to relaxed by sitting on the benches and not watching the entire perimeter of the playground. You will need to practice/model appropriate playground behavior for the students. This could happen to anyone...........(Please find information regarding playground supervision here)

5. First Day of School!!! What are you going to do to make the day memorable for your students? When mom and dad ask, "How was your first day of school?" Their child will say..............? You do not need to introduce me on the first day. I will pop in and out to see if you need anything. I will introduce myself to the students when I meet with them in our grade level times the 2nd week of school. On the first 2 days I will direct the students to pay attention to you.

School Website Video Tour

Hopefully this will help parents understand our website a little bit better. Ours is pretty simple. I cannot remember where I got this idea but I didn't come up with this on my own. If this was your idea PLEASE post a link to your video in the comments so I can share it too.