School Values, Culture and Norms

May 23, 2016


As a new teacher, I thought I was doing an awesome job turning in all the paperwork on time.  I was following the rules, having the lesson plans posted, teaching my students and doing everything correctly to start my journey to becoming an excellent teacher.  So one day, I was following the procedures of what I was told to do when having a student with lice in their hair.  I sent her to the nurse, and then the nurse told me I had to send her home.  So I did.  Later that day, I was called in the office by a teacher who was in charge of the school when the principal was out of the office.  I was scolded by her because I sent a child home before lunch, not knowing if that might be the only meal she would have all day.  Needless to say, I felt horrible. I learned, at that school, if I had to send a child home, it would have to be after lunch. Looking back, it would have helped if I had had a mentor or a team of teachers who I could have talked to for advice or guidance in learning the "understood campus rule" on certain issues.  I realized that knowing the school values, culture and norms is just as important as teaching. As a new teacher, we can get so wrapped up in paperwork, routines, schedules, etc. that we can easily forget that we need to also take the time to create relationships with our colleagues. Having those relationships is vital in becoming part of the school community or school culture.


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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009


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