Friday, August 26, 2016

Did You Get My Email?

This morning I sent an email to parents of students in Project Arrow.  If you did not get an email from me, would you please send me an email letting me know? I will add you to my list. Thank you.

brian_schumann@ipsd.org 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Our First Week in PA

To get our year started, I'm going to be doing the same activity with all the PA groups during our first four days as a way of introducing my expectations for the kind of work that we will be doing during PA, specifically lots of collaboration, critical thinking, and explaining our thinking. Groups of students will be told they are stranded on the surface of the moon and given a list of 15 items. Teams will need to put the items into three groups, essential, helpful, and useless and then rank the items in order of importance with an explanation of why the rank was given. Each team member must agree on the rank and category as a result of their thoughtful conversations about the items and possible uses for them. 

So much of our work in PA relies on students listening to each other, providing evidence of critical thinking, and clearly explaining the rational behind their thoughts. That's the goal of this first week of work.  I am looking forward to our first four days!  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to PA!!!  It was so nice to see so many of you at the meet and greet yesterday, and because the kids were already asking "When does PA start?", I thought I'd let everyone know.

3-5 PA will begin on Tuesday the 30th of August.

3PA is M-F 9:20-10:10

4PA is M-F 2:25-3:25

5PA is M-F 1:00-2:00

K-2 Talent Development groups will begin meeting in late September.

I will be meeting with every class in the whole school during our first eight days to read a few fun books to welcome all of our new students and have some fun with our Brookdale veterans.  

If you are new to PA this year, please bring a one inch three ring binder with you on our first day.  

PA Curriculum Night will be on Thursday 9-22 from 6:00-7:00 in the LMC.  

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