RMS Weekly Event Calendar
October 29 - November 2
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Last week during our professional learning session on Social and Emotional Learning, I ran out of time to share with you the following SEL activities that you can do with your students. These are simple, basic activities, but have the potential to make a huge impact on our students. Give them a try and see what happens!
13 Powerful SEL Activities
1. Mindfulness: The benefits of mindfulness range from improved working memory to stress reduction.
Visualization to release stress: Have your students imagine what stress looks and feels like inside their body and then ask them to release it.
Noise Isolation: Have your students focus on one noise and describe it to themselves and recall the last time they interacted with it.
2. Name the Emotion you’re bringing to class: Have each student call out the emotion they are feeling. This helps each student to know how they and other students are feeling, what different emotions look like, and how to better interact with their peers based on how they are feeling.
3. Write down, rip up, and throw away your stress: Have your students write down their expectations and insecurities, rip them up, and throw them away. This emotional check-in takes about three minutes. By acknowledging how your students are feeling at the start of each class, you’ll acknowledge their barriers to learning and create a safe space for your students to overcome them.
4. Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset: Have your students share moments when they have demonstrated a growth mindset.
5. Quote of the day: Introduce a quote relevant to what your students are learning or to a shared experience. This gives students the space to reflect on their beliefs and experiences and whether they agree or disagree with the quote and other
6. Where we came from: Collect baby pictures from you students. Project one baby picture at the start of class and have your students guess who it is and then have the featured student share something about their childhood.
7. Starting positive: Have each student tape a sheet of paper to their back and then walk around and write positive qualities about their peers on their backs.
8. Motivations moment: Have two students start the class with a three-to-five-minute presentation—and come up with two or three discuss questions—based on their interests. Have the rest of the class partner up to discuss their questions for one minute and then give them the opportunity to share out to the whole class. This exercise gives your students insight into their peers; interests.
9. Circle Sharing: To encourage active listening, create small groups. Have your students position their chairs in a circle so that everyone can make eye contact. To strengthen empathy, you can facilitate deeper discussion around what a student shares by asking: “Why did that student share what they did?” or “What perspective is that student coming from?”
10. Write a poem from someone else’s perspective: Have students choose someone they don’t know. This helps them to understand they don’t “need to be best friends with someone to empathize with them.”
11. Have a conversation with someone you don’t know: Have your students pair up with a student they don’t know and provide the pairs with five questions to ask each other. Each student introduces their partner to the class, speaking as if they were their partner, while the rest of the class listens. This exercise helps students to see each other more deeply.
12. Play interest and identify-related bingo: Instead of squares filled with numbers or vocabulary words, create cards with information relating to your students.
13. Appreciation, apology, aha: Have your students get in a circle and share an appreciation, apology, or realization with the group. Students may say:
I would like to appreciate …… for …..
I would like to thank …… for …….
I apologize to …… for …….
Click on the following video and see what positive SEL can look like!
Parent Involvement Month
Red Ribbon Week
Monday, October 29
- Red Bay Tip-Off Tournament - Russellville vs. Haleyville - 7th grade boys - Red Bay Old Gym - 3:30 p.m. Russellville vs. Winfield - 7th grade boys - Red Bay Main Gym - 6:00 p.m. Russellville vs. Phil Campbell - 8th grade boys - Red Bay Old Gym - 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30
- Tennessee Titans Trip - Mrs. Townley will be taking several of our 8th grade students on to the Titans stadium.
- School Picture Retakes - Pictures will be taken during students' lunch periods.
Wednesday, October 31
- Happy Halloween - Bring finger foods today as we celebrate Halloween, birthdays, and recent marriages!
- 4-H Meetings - The meetings will take place during students' instructional periods.
Thursday, November 1
- RCS Cross Country - Hewett-Trussellville - 9:00 a.m.
- Red Bay Tip-Off Tournament - Russellville vs. Belgreen - 8th grade boys - Red Bay Main Gym - 4:45 p.m. Russellville vs. Belgreen - 8th grade girls - Red Bay Main Gym - 6:00 p.m. Russellville vs. Red Bay - 8th grade boys - Red Bay Main Guym - 7:15 p.m. Russellville vs. Red Bay - 8th grade girls - Red Bay Main Gym - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, November 2
- RHS Football vs. Central Florence - Away - 7:00 p.m.
- Red Bay Tip-Off Tournament - Russellville vs. Deshler - 7th grade boys - Red Bay Main Gym - 9:00 a.m. Russellville vs. Haleyville - 8th grade girls - Red Bay Old Gym - 10:15 a.m.