Sacred Heart School
Week of September 21st
We all want the same thing.
One quick take away that I thought I'd share with you all this week was the idea that we all want the same thing. All of us, from kids to grandmas to teachers, want to know that we matter. We want to hear that our needs are being heard, seen, and met.
When I first started teaching, I became so focused on MATH that I totally lost sight of the children. I worried about standards, grades, and observations. When I switched schools and came to Sacred Heart, I started teaching next door to Ms. Kullberg. We would open our classroom doors when it was time to switch classes and during our 5 minute break, we would catch up, ask each other about the day, and decide who was gong on the daily coffee run. One thing I noticed was that Ms. Kullberg would often tell me stories about her students. A funny anecdote. An inspiring breakthrough a child had. Or simply an observation of a child. I realized that I often didn't have stories to tell about the children because I wasn't focused on them. I was focused on math. On standards. On what an observer might think of me.
I made a conscious shift to start noticing the things the children were doing. Little things that made me laugh. Big things that worried me. or Just a simple observation. I shared these observations with the kids and all of a sudden, my management started to turn around. My students felt seen and heard. They realized that they mattered to me.
So I've decided to give everyone a challenge. I would like everyone to bring with them to the staff meeting a small anecdote, a funny story, a worry, or just an observation that you make about a child tomorrow. We'll spend the first few minutes of the staff meeting sharing what we've noticed.
Also, I've included another very popular TED Talk from a teacher who is a MASTER at letting her children know they matter. Enjoy!
Making Thinking Visible
Ms. Quintanilla and Mr. Landrigan used the Compass Points routine on Homeroom Parent night to get a sense of parents worries, concerns, and suggestions! Making Parents' Thinking Visible!
Students in 4th grade completed a CSI with Ms. Mazzini on Wednesday!
Mr. Landrigan was spotted sitting in the hallway looking at his students' work on the bulletin board and reflecting on where to go next!
Monday, Sep. 22nd, 3:45pm
8th Grade Classroom
Optional PD: DC-PZ Reggio Emilia talk at WIS
Monday, Sep. 22nd, 6pm
3100 Macomb St NW
Progress Reports Due
Monday, Sep. 22nd, 3:30pm
Sacred Heart School, Washington, DC, United States
3rd and 4th grade Field Trip
Thursday, Sep. 25th, 9pm
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, United States
Responsive Classroom PD
Friday, Sep. 26th, 9pm
St Anthony's Catholic Church, Washington, DC, United States
STAFF Happy Hour
Friday, Sep. 26th, 4pm
3313 11th St NW
Frequently Asked Questions
We started testing on Thursday. On Friday, our internet went down again. Mr. Bonilla will assess the situation on Monday and we will send out a new schedule. Teachers will have atleast 1 day notice before having to test students.
What's the deal with the internet?
I don't have a good answer for this question. It is in the hands of Jorge, out IT Consultant, and Marguerite, our Executive Director. I email them daily. I pray every night. I cry every morning.
Who's your favorite teacher?
YOU!!! Thank you for all you do, day in and day out.