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Standard D1: Mutual respect is evident through interactions between students and teacher
Standard D2: Teacher and students demonstrate a positive disposition toward learning
Standard D3: Teacher demonstrates effective management
Standard D4: Teacher establishes an effective physical environment


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Standard D1

Mutual respect is evident through interactions between students and teacher
Benchmarks that a teacher has successfully met this standard:

1. Models and encourages appropriate language
Appropriate language is simply a given in my classroom as it's an expectation not a choice I always speak respectfully to my students and enourage them to be respectful of their peers and other teachers. In February, I found that an 8th grader was speaking poorly of one of his teachers on his blog. I went in and deleted the unnecessary commentary and talked to the student about the appropriateness of his venting spree.

2. Encourages and supports the strengths of all studentsLarissa.jpg
I have loved the blogs this year for the simple reason that I get to go in and actually see what they are doing in other classes. When Mr. Weiss had his kids podcast their NGO speeches in the fall, I was able to give compliments freely when I visited during my maternity leave. When Audrey wrote an excellent reflection on one of the books she was reading, I was able to have a conversation with her about it. When Amanda successfully designed a t-shirt for the 8th grade class, I was able to support her strength simply because I had knowledge of it through the blogs.

Standard D2

Teacher and student demonstrate a positive disposition toward learning
Benchmarks that a teacher has successfully met this Standard:

1. Models and encourages supportive and positive language
I reflect on my blog a lot about how the kids are learning and the amount of work they are putting into the study of mathematics. I try to promote what is happening at SAS and within the classroom by posting on my school Twitter account. By providing kids and parents with positive comments about what is happening at SAS and in math, I'm giving them something to talk about!

foil.jpgIt was great to see so many students staying after school today for HOT! Students were working on determining if data is exponential, quadratic or linear as they get ready for the test at the end of the week. Many students were also working on the Chapter 9 Jigsaw which is due next Monday. Don't forget to include the following concepts within your Jigsaw book for Chapter 9 and please turn in rough drafts to me so that I can give you feedback about your book and its contents.