Pineapple Charts

4986020960One of our colleagues thought that it might be a good idea if we took a look at Pineapple Charts as a way to differentiate our professional learning. If you’re interested in learning more about Pineapple Charts, read the article below. If you take the time to read it, we would really like to hear what you have to say. Please share your thoughts to the following question:

Analyze whether the Pineapple Chart would be a viable addition to our professional learning plan at West Branch. Use evidence from the text to support your analysis.

You can share your thoughts by responding to this blog post, or you can meet with us face-to-face on Tuesday, November 22nd in room 140. I you’d like to meet face-to-face and you’re a secondary teacher, Stacy will lead your discussion at 2:15 p.m., and if you’re an elementary teacher, Greg will lead your discussion at 3:15 p.m. Face-to-face discussions are usually yummier.

Enjoy the article.


Summer Slide


Untitled photo by Martinak15 licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

This is our final article discussion for the year. Please read the article, “Three Ways Educators Can Stop the Summer Slide” . Then, click in the box below that says, “Enter your comment here…” and answer the following question:

What will you do in your classroom this year to encourage students to read over the summer?

If responding online isn’t your thing, you can always meet with us face-to face on May 18th in room 140 at 2:15 p.m. We’ll even provide some snacks.

Differentiating Professional Development

7950888454Below is our next article for discussion. Please read the article and then respond to what you read. Follow this format when responding.
List three things you learned from this article.
List two things you found interesting in this article.
List one question you still have about this article.

Remember, if responding online isn’t your thing, you can always meet with us face-to face on March 9th in room 140 at 2:15 p.m.

We hope to hear from you!

Here’s the article!


Less homework, more trouble

5119120679Below is the reading for our next professional article discussion. The two articles present opposing views of the value of homework. Explain your view on the issue using evidence from the text to support your response. Feel free to respond online. If you’re a West Branch teacher and prefer to meet face-to-face, our next meeting is Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. in room 140. Refreshments will be provided.


Less Homework, More Trouble and Homework Does Not Equal A’s