Mentor Teaching Moves: Using Literacy to Celebrate Your Community #T4TMoments

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At the Pine Hill Elementary School what they care about is evident the moment you enter the building.   In every hallway, in the cafeteria and even in the library, posters about what it means to be a quiet leader are displayed.  These signs are hung at just the right height for young readers.   Each sign offers a simple, yet important message about how to treat others.

We visit the school often and notice that the signs continually change.   Sometimes the whole sign changes and other times photos or captions have been added.  Some signs are moved to new locations.   These changes grab our attention and make us think as we walk down the hallway.   We have noticed that the quiet leader signs spark conversations throughout the building.   Students’ talk with each other about these signs during classroom conversations and teachers discuss them during professional development sessions.  We love this purposeful use of literacy and modeling for students that there are many ways to be a leader!

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