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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:20 AM

Dear Families,

Last week culminated with a staff appreciation breakfast hosted by our PTA. It was a lovely opportunity for staff to celebrate the end of another school year and be acknowledged for all of the hard work they do to create a school where our students feel welcomed, safe, and valued for who they are and what they bring to our learning community. Thank you again to our PTA for the endless support you provide us!

This week kicked off with the 3rd annual 'Change for a Change' campaign organized by some of our 4th graders. This has become a beautiful tradition of giving for Burroughs. If you have any spare change you are willing to donate, classrooms will be collecting all week.

Other events this week include Field Day on Wednesday (weather permitting) and our rescheduled Wacky Hat/Crazy Hair/Backwards Day on Friday. Thank you to our amazing PE teachers and volunteers who organize our Field Day event every year! It is a fun opportunity for our kids to get out and be active.

To close, I'd like to draw your attention to an additional section in my weekly note. Please see below for the new 'Instructional Insights' section. In this section, each week I will attempt to highlight relevant information regarding best practice instruction. My hope is that this section will support our community in developing a common understanding of what rigorous and engaging instruction looks like at Burroughs.

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions that may arise and I look forward to seeing many families at the events of the upcoming weeks. Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Sincerely,
Ana Bartl
Principal

Instructional Insights

  • Differentiation: A commonly used term in education. This relates to what teachers do to meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms. In a differentiated classroom, rather than relying on whole group instruction (which is often too low for some learners and too high for others), everyone in class has a chance to use learning strategies that are appropriate to their needs. Students work in flexible groups that keep them interested and challenged. This link, from the Winnetka School District in Illinois, is great for describing what differentiation looks like in classrooms. https://www.winnetka36.org/sites/default/files/curriculum/Differentiation_FAQs.pdf
  • Cluster Grouping: Cluster grouping is a strategy for making the process of differentiation easier for teachers and more effective for learners. Students work in flexible groups that keep them interested and challenged. Through differentiation and cluster grouping we can ensure that every student is receiving targeted instruction appropriate to their current instructional level in order to meet our goal of every student achieving their potential and making a years' worth of growth.