Kaimuki Middle School

Providing Multiple Opportunities to Respond

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Sophocles once said, “One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try.” His words represent a common sense idea that we in the education field know well – practice leads to mastery. Put another way, learning is not a spectator sport. In our MTSS training we …

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Visual Schedule of Classroom Activities

A CEO of a major corporation has a motto for meetings at his company: No agenda, no attenda. In his experience, a meeting with no clearly outlined objectives is in danger of easily turning into an aimless waste of time. I’m sure we’ve all attended meetings where we’ve thought the same! In our classrooms, the last thing we want …

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Goal Setting, Problem Solving, and Performance Feedback

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Former New York Yankee, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Today’s PCM #14 Goal Setting and Performance Feedback is going to help you help your students develop a plan, assess their progress, and meet their goals.   Goal setting, especially when paired with visual graphing and …

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Independent Seatwork is Managed and Used When Needed

In a recent data-gathering round of classroom visits at KMS, we found that for a majority of the school day, our students are sitting in their seats. Lecture seating was the highest at 68%, followed by partners or groups at 42%, then independent seatwork at 32%. Being that at least one-third of the time our …

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Teach, Model, and Reinforce Expectations

Are you noticing a gap between students’ behavior and your expectations? Is that gap widening as the year goes along? If so, it might be time to revisit PCM #9 Teach, Model, and Reinforce Behavior Expectations.  Teaching behavior expectations is pretty much a given at the beginning of each school year, but it’s also helpful to choose hot spots during the …

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