Performance Standard 10
Brittany has created a set of posters that display
each of the Common Core standards and the related
essential questions and enduring understandings.
Posting these and referring to them during
instruction helps to communicate learning
expectations to students. These are used by all of
the 1st grade teachers at SPARK as well as teachers
at 7 other APS schools whose teachers Brittany has
worked with to model standards-based
planning and instruction.
Brittany has created a FROGS (Fully, Responsible,
Organized, Growing, Student) binder for each
student. These serve as important communication
tool between home and school. The binder has
sections for communications from the school, reading
log, behavior log, homework, and graded work. The
FROGS binder helps parents to stay informed
about news from school and their child’s
Students bring home a behavior log each day. The
log records their behavior number (1-4) and parents
are expected to review it each day. This helps to
keep parents informed about their child’s behavior,
and also helps students to be accountable for their
behavior as well.
Brittany uses a variety of technology resources to
communicate with parents.
- Brittany has daily correspondences with
individual parents, as well as sends weekly updates
to the whole class.
•Remind101 - Brittany uses the Remind101 app to
send text messages to parents about important class
reminders and updates.
•Blog - Brittany maintain a blog at
http://www.peachy-teaching.com where she posts
about activities from her classroom. Parents
frequently visit the site to read updates and
Brittany prepares a 1st grade academic bulletin for
her team every two weeks. This is sent to parents
and posted on the school’s web site. The bulletin
contains information on the content being taught in
each subject area. This helps parents to be informed
about what their child is learning at school.
Brittany records minutes for the 1st grade team’s
weekly Professional Learning Community meetings.
These minutes outline the teams discussions on
planning, Assessment, Intervention, and Professional
Development. Brittany shares these minutes with
her teammates and the school administration as a
way to communicate about the collaboration that is
Communication with Professional Peers
Brittany is in constant communication with her
teaching peers as they collaborate to plan lessons,
interventions, and execute other tasks. Brittany
maintains the utmost professionalism in these
communications. She uses her communication
skills to lead her grade-level team, engage with other
leadership members at the school, and support the
Successful and happy
1st grade team,
led by Brittany
Brittany hold frequent parent conferences to
discuss student growth. At these conferences, she
shares information about the student’s academic
performance, learning goals, behavior, and answers
any questions or concerns that parents may have.
Brittany typically completes the form pictured
below prior to conferences and uses it to help
guide the discussion.