Sacred Heart School

Week of September 21st

We all want the same thing.

I just finished a weekend long workshop with Oprah Winfrey about how to live the life you want. It was ammmmmaaaazing.

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


Upcoming Dates

Staff Meeting

Monday, Sep. 22nd, 3:45pm

8th Grade Classroom

Shift your focus onto the children, not the standards. Bring a story tomorrow about a student - something you noticed during the day - a funny story, a worry, a concern, or just a simple observation! (See my Intro to the s'more for more details).

Optional PD: DC-PZ Reggio Emilia talk at WIS

Monday, Sep. 22nd, 6pm

3100 Macomb St NW

Washington, DC

A world renowned researcher in Early Childhood Education will be putting on a free talk at WIS. You must RSVP to attend the talk.

Progress Reports Due

Monday, Sep. 22nd, 3:30pm

Sacred Heart School, Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

Progress Reports due by 3:30. Please see Ms. Mazzini if you have any questions!

3rd and 4th grade Field Trip

Thursday, Sep. 25th, 9pm

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

Specials Teachers - please plan accordingly.

Responsive Classroom PD

Friday, Sep. 26th, 9pm

St Anthony's Catholic Church, Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

No students on Friday!! Whole Staff PD at St. Anthony's on Bully Proofing your classroom.

STAFF Happy Hour

Friday, Sep. 26th, 4pm

3313 11th St NW

Washington, DC

Staff Happy Hour at El Chucho. Ask Ms. K if you have questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the deal with testing?

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.