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Weekly Blast 4/19/21

In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know how and why.” - Harry Wong


Hey Chattanooga CMs,


I hope that you were able to get out this weekend and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. The next several weeks of instruction before testing begins are crucial. This is not the time to relax and sit back, but instead a time to activate student knowledge, analyzation skills, and yes, even test taking skills. Teaching students test taking skills is an important part of our jobs as teachers. Many of us have different feelings about testing students, its effectiveness as a snapshot of learning, and ‘teaching to the test.’ Teaching test taking strategies is not teaching to the test, but instead teaching students a set of skills that will be helpful to them throughout their school career and beyond. Below are 2 links that might be helpful for teaching test taking skills. If you would like more support with this then let us know. Test Taking Tips-Owl Teacher Test Taking Tips-free resources


It was great last week to get to connect with our home MTLD cohort group during office hours. This week we will go back to our pod coaching cohorts, so Courtney will be supporting learning environments pod members and Molly will be supporting rigorous instruction pod members. Please make sure you check your email to see what kind of support and coaching you will receive this week.


On Thursday, April 22nd from 5-6:30 we will have our Equity Chatt for the entire cohort. Teach for America will partner with C.A.L.E.B (Chattanoogans in Action for Love, Equity and Benevolence). We will hear from community leaders that are involved with projects on criminal justice, economic mobility, and education, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of inequity in Chattanooga and what we can do to take actions from our current roles. Please make sure that you register for the event here.


Many of you have asked what to do with students after testing ends. After testing ends is a great time to be creative with your instruction. This can be a time when you get to do projects, units, and lessons that may have been more difficult to do throughout the school year. Molly shared a link in GroupMe called, “What to do on Lame Duck School Days” that you can use to get some ideas. We will share more information on this next week.


Have a great week of teaching and learning with your students, and try to get outside to enjoy the weather when you can!


Dates to Remember:


  • April 22nd Equity Chatt- All Cohort

  • By April 23rd take survey from All Cohort event

  • April 27th 1 CM Theory of Change event (Option 1)

  • April 28th 1 CM Theory of Change event (Option 2)

  • April 29th 1 CM Theory of Change event (Option 3)

  • May 3rd 1 CM Theory of Change event (Option 4)

  • May 5th 1 CM Theory of Change event (Option 5 Make up day)

  • Week of May 3rd and May 10th EOY conversations

  • May 20th Alumni Induction

  • May 26th All Cohort end of year celebration


Action Items:

  • New Register for Equity Chatt

  • Register of 1 CM Theory of Change

  • Take the survey from the All Cohort Event in Coolidge Park

  • Check your email every Friday and respond by Sunday evening if you get an email asking you to schedule an observation and debrief.

  • Rigorous Instruction Pod: Share weekly lesson plans with Molly


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