Monday, April 9, 2012

PBJHS - Tuesday 4/10/12

Giving thanks:
PBJHS teachers & staff, great job of being present in the halls in between classes. Whether you realize it or not, we are preventing a lot of situations from ever happening just by being present. Keep up the great work!

Tweet of the week: "If a student can type 2 words into Google on his/her cell phone and find the answer, you probably should ask a different question."

Perhaps it's time to give Twitter a try... check out this for reasons why: "Tweeting about Twitter"

Video of the week: - Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Image of the week: - After two weeks, we tend to remember...

5 blog posts of the week:

1) - Exercise and physical activity must be part of 21st century learning by @21stprincipal

2) - Continuous learning by @KTVee

3) - Troublemakers by @joe_bower

4) - Shake-up by @tomwhitby

5) - You are empowered to determine how well your school year goes by @drtroyroddy

Book club information:
- Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 5/2/12 immediately after school in Mr. Dunn's room. We will be reading, "Drive," by Daniel Pink. There are still a few copies in Dr. Tarte's office for those who are interested or those who have not picked up their copy yet.

**We recently purchased a few copies of Ruby Payne's, "A framework for understanding poverty." For those who are interested, see Mrs. Jackson or Mrs. Duckett to get a copy of the book.


  1. I'm in agreement with the author of Shake up. I would love to change how science is taught. I have a degree in secondary biology and this is what I really enjoy teaching. When teaching a chemistry unit this year I actually had a student say , "Mrs. Yarbro you are a little too excited about the periodic table, I guess you really like this." Anyone who knows me knows my opinion on earth science. I know that my students see and feel my lack of enthusiasm when I teach this unit.

  2. Mrs. Yarbro,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment! I am glad you notice that your students notice when you are "pumped" about a particular topic, and when you are also not so "pumped" about a topic; that is a skill that takes a long time to develop. I think the most important part of noticing this is what you do in response to what your students are telling you. Obviously there are topics we teach that are not our favorite, but it is in those moments when we can explore, take risks, and encourage students to take more control of the learning/teaching. I would encourage you to put more control into the hands of your students when it's not your favorite topic, and allow them to explore, discover, and ultimately bring back their learning to teach their peers. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help facilitate this in your classroom.

    Thanks again for the comment! #BOOM!