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October 2017

A Personal Touch - Do you want to meet the needs of all students in your classroom? Personalized Learning is one strategy to help make teaching a little easier and meet student needs. It frees up your time to work strategically with smaller groups of students. Students can learn at their own rate and ability. Check out the link below!

Write On!

Cara Herkamp, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

TAKE AWAY: Brief, ungraded writing activities can activate prior knowledge, elicit questions, build comprehension, promote discussion, and help students reflect on ideas covered.

Effective writing instruction involves praise and thoughtful questioning more so than the traditional intensive marking of papers. In fact, research strongly shows that traditional grading practices do not promote improvement in writing. Traditional grading processes are simply ineffective and a waste of teachers’ precious time and energy.

Instead, teachers should have brief conferences with students and have student mark their own papers, focusing on a rubric or one to two areas of instruction. When writing instruction involves conversation versus isolation, student writers generate more ideas for their writing.

Gifted & Talented - Creative Inquiry

Tom Espy, Director of Academic Services and Assessment

The Creative Inquiry class has gotten off to a great start this year! Students are ASKING great questions, then RESEARCHING and EVALUATING solutions! This quarter's theme is SCIENCE and some of the questions being asked and answered include:

How can we, as scientists . . .

  • Grade 3 . . .design a possible solution to an environmental problem?
  • Grade 4 . . .evaluate the benefits and risks of science or technology in society?
  • Grade 5 . . .justify our stance on space exploration?
  • Grade 6 . . .propose a solution to a water problem?
  • Grade 7 . . .evaluate a population problem and possible solutions?

Keeping Literacy Going After School

Gina Durbin, Director of Education and Community Services (ECS)

The ECS Literary Contest is well underway at Kid’s Club and Preschool Programs around the District. This year’s theme is Friendship, which ties into our district-wide character education and social/emotional learning programs. Students in our programs are working hard writing and illustrating some wonderful creations. Winners will be selected from all grade levels and celebrated at the 12th Annual Literacy Awards ceremony on November 15, 2017 at the Fine Arts Center from 6:15 – 8:30 pm. Dinner will be catered by the CCUSD® Nutrition Department. The awards will be presented on stage by the authors of the new children’s book, Chloe and the Desert Heroes, A Tale of Adventure in the Sonoran Desert. Five local authors (Phyliss Strup, Abby Hemingway, Kathleen Hindle, Brenda Olive and Diane Vaszily) will be in costume as the characters of this book about friendship and desert conservation. This book has been nominated for an award by the Arizona Authors' Association. The contest winners will participate in the Carefree Christmas Parade riding the ECS float dressed in characters from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Tech Tip Blog!

Nancy Pratt, Director of Instructional Technology

Have a great Tech Tip to share? Let's hear what instructional technology is going on in the classroom. Share a Tech Tip and have your name submitted for a drawing at the end of the semester.

Send your Tech Tips to npratt@ccusd93.org. In your tips please include the following:

  • Technology Tool
  • Activity used to enhance student learning and the connection to the curriculum.
  • Link to the website (if applicable).

World Language and Immersion Programs

Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year with 19 International Guest Teachers from Spain, France, Canada, China and Taiwan. Our programs continue to expand not only at the Cave Creek Schools, but across the world! If you want to keep up with the latest news in World Language and Immersion Programs, follow CCUSD World Language @cladasCCUSD.

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