Keowee's Friday Flash Forward
News from Your Assistant Principal, Rhonda Grant
We've successfully made it through our first week of 2016. We jumped in with both feet Monday morning, and every where I visited, students and teachers were engaged in learning. MAP testing wrapped up for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and began for our Kindergarteners and 1st graders this week. Next week will conclude Winter MAP for everyone.
On a sad note, we said goodbye to Ellen Stumpf, volunteer extraordinaire and longtime KES supporter. Ellen LOVED Keowee and Keowee LOVED Ellen. Her legacy of service above self is forever embodied in the hearts and minds of all who knew her. Let Ellen's example of a positive spirit and living life to the fullest be an inspiration to us all.
Resolutions to Make 2016 the Best Year Ever...
Let's get inspired with a list of the Top 12 New Year's Resolutions for Educators.
1. Stay Positive
Coming off a much-needed break, it’s time to figure out how to make your classroom a happy place for you and your students in the long stretch to summer. Try these 5 Powerfully Positive Teaching Practices to get started.
2. Spice Up Your Classroom Routine
Try one new technology or instructional technique each month to keep things new and challenging for you and your students. Making a list and assigning one new thing to each month will help you actually stick to this resolution.
3. Build Fitness into Your Curriculum
It wouldn’t be a resolution list without some mention of better health. Make it a classroom affair with healthy eating lessons, integrating movement into your day-to-day activities and just encouraging you and your students to take care of your bodies.
4. Get Your Work/Life Balance in Order
As best you can, keep school work at school and enjoy your time at home. Making yourself happy will be better for you AND your students.
5. Give Individual Time & Attention to Students
It doesn’t have to be formal one-on-ones, tutoring or meetings, but try to integrate a rotating classroom job in which your students help you do something. You can check in with him/her individually and see how everything is going (whether they’re the best , worst, loudest or quietest student in class).
6. Get Organized – Work Smarter, Not Harder
With the fresh start, it’s a great opportunity to get your classroom organization back on track. Here are some 6 Back to School Tips to Organize Your Classroom and 12 Time-Saving Assessment Strategies to get your school life back in order.
7. Don’t Let Policies Get You Down
There is nothing you can do to change those annoying policies, unnecessary meetings or mounds of paperwork, so try to take a Zen about the situation rather than letting that sour mood infest you and your classroom.
8. Plan Your Move Up the Payscale
Whether you need to add professional development hours or graduate credits or change positions, consider what your careers goals are and get a move on them!
9. Set Goals & Avoid Autopilot Mode
Now, I don’t mean your school and official achievement goals, I mean your own personal classroom goals. What is one or two things you think are important but forget as soon as the flurry of the teaching gets in the way? Write one achievable goal a month on your calendar and make it a priority.
10. Get Students Involved/Empowered
By giving students more control over their assignments and activities, they will hopefully take ownership of their education and use their talents and interests in a positive way.
11. Make Better Use of Planning
Time Resolve to bust it out during your planning time so you can take less (or hopefully no) work home with you. It’s tempting to take the much-needed break during your day, but it’ll feel even better to walk away with an empty bag at the end of the day.
12. Dress to Impress Yourself
Don’t underestimate how felling good in your clothes and wearing something you love can lift your mood and start your day on a positive note. Grab a few new, fun pieces to add to your typical work outfits and turn those hallways into your own personal runway!
Core Essentials Trait for January is...
SELF-CONTROL--choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.
Teaching children self-control will help them get along with others, make good choices and stay safe. Teaching self-control starts early and truly never stops. As educators, we know that each child is an individual with a will of its own. Respect for a child’s will and need for autonomy must be balanced with respect for the needs of others and the limitations placed on us to ensure safety and survival. Teaching our students self-control involves helping them to:
- Think before acting
- Control impulses
- Weigh consequences
- Make safe and acceptable choices
Knowing what to expect from children at each stage of growth – what is normal and what is not, will provide guideposts across grade levels. Lessons in self-control need to be age-appropriate. It is important to be a model of self-control for students. Controlling the urge to yell when in a frustrating situation will show children it can be done. Considering consequences by thinking aloud will give student a living example of thinking before acting. Our everyday displays of kindness, patience and thoughtful regard will go farther than anything else!
Word of the Week...
The WOW for the week of January 11-15 is tranquil. Two students from Miss Bate's 4th grade class will be sharing their original sentences on the news Friday morning!
John Collins FCAs for January
K Wrap-around sentence (organization)
1 Word choice (content)
2 Transition words (organization)
3 Produce opinion writing (organization)
4 Use of transition sentences (organization)
5 Introductory paragraph with hook, topic sentence, three supporting details, and
concluding sentence (organization)
FRIDAY AT THE MOVIES...
...and more great advice for making 2016 your best year ever!
January 11-15 Winter MAP continues (see schedule for details)
January 12 End of 2nd 9 weeks
January 14 SST @ 12:00
January 18 School Holiday
January 19 Teacher Inservice/Workday
January 22 Report Cards Issued
January 25 Family Literacy Night
January 28 SST @ 12:00
January 29 SIC @ 2:00