framework to round out a students' knowledge base, thus preparing them for their future. It doesn't minimize the importance of one idea, but sees all three as equally important in the scope of a learner. Sadly, I find that many teachers across our country often do not spend enough time in the center of that diagram. And part of the solution, is being open to change.
For me, I thrive to know more. I want to read everything, watch everything, and share knowledge with others. I want my students to be "in the now" and "in the know" with new ways to learn and share information. I use all kinds of technology myself, why shouldn't they? Using apps like TikTok are fun and engaging, so I design lessons that incorporate Flip Grid as a way for my students to mimic TikTok to respond to content. I ask students what specifically they are into, so I can better gauge my audience and tailor their lessons to suit their needs.
When coaching, I also am thinking about how teachers can use the technology. I make sure that my professional development sessions have a lot of time for teachers to explore what I'm presenting. I want them to go back to their classrooms with at least one tool they can use the next day.
Wait wait wait! Our district has a mission statement?! I mean, it makes sense. A district SHOULD have one. It helps keep all the stakeholders and future stakeholders up to speed on what needs to be done.
But from what I see, this "About NVUSD" page is not a mission statement. It's a laundry list of goals. There is a "tagline" about transforming student lives, but not a mission statement.
Having worked at two different charter schools within this district during my career, I have helped to create a school's mission statement. It's not an easy task. Everyone's voice needs to be heard to narrow down the focus. And although the tagline seems narrow, it's really quite broad. And very brief. It's more of a commercial, really.
Our district has created new logos a few times over the past few years. I don't quite understand the rationale behind so many identity changes, when the mission statement is this muddled.
I'm also quite confused as to why there is a graphic with a bunch of words. Were these words uttered? Written? Why are they significant? What are they in regards to?
Clear as mud in a hurricane.
One weekend, it was a sunny day, and we had a family hike planned. I loaded up my son and our dog to meet my sister, her family, and my mom for a socially distanced hike. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.