Joseph Rogers Primary School
March 30, 2015
What Great Teachers Do Differently
What you do everyday matters. It matters to your students. It matters to their parents. It matters to you. It matters to me. I want to work in an environment where people love what they do, they believe in what they do and they strive to do better every day. I hope this is the kind of environment that you want to work in also.
Todd Whitaker has many great ideas for what sets people apart and what sets great teachers apart. Sometimes we lose sight of why we are here and our attitudes begin to impede our work day. As I was rereading this book last week, the chapter Ten Days Out of Ten stood out. The premise of this chapter is to take a positive approach 10 days out of 10. In other words, every day. Whitaker says "effective teachers treat everyone with respect, every day". How are you treating those you work with? How are you treating the students you work with? We only have 8 more weeks of school to make an impact on those we teach and those we teach with. How will you be spending those 8 weeks?
I know this has been a difficult year with many changes. Many have taken those changes in stride and have worked to still be that positive force in your classroom. Thank you.
One last thought from Todd Whitaker as you begin this week. Even if everyone is treated with dignity and respect we may not have anything special, but I can assure you that if everyone is NOT treated with dignity and respect we will NEVER have anything special. Your actions in the hall, in meetings and in your classroom go with you everywhere you go. Certainly food for thought.
I hope you enjoy this short week of school and have a wonderful Easter next Sunday.
Fight like Mack
Mrs. Risner's class had the opportunity to Skype with Mack and his family on Thursday. What an awesome opportunity to show others how much we care. Our PTO and Ms. Risner organized a t-shirt fundraiser and $935.15 was raised and was donated to the family. Mack was so excited to see this classmates and they were equally excited to see him.
Family Game Night
was a success! about 130 students and parents came to enjoy this night with us. Thank you Mrs. Lora for organizing a fantastic game night for students and parents and for everyone who showed up you are appreciated!
First grade teachers got up early on a cold, Saturday morning and went and spent the day with Harry Wong. Great time and very motivational. Thank you first grade for being dedicated to your job and your students and for being a life-long learner.
Fight like Mack
Family Game Night
Calendar of Events
fun times at jrp
March 30-March 31 - Book Fair
March 31- PreK state inspections
April 1 - AR celebration; scheduling committee; fundraising committee
April 2 - popcorn and drink in the afternoon; Board meeting at Volunteer High School, 6:00 in commons area
April 3 - Good Friday
April 9 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15-6:15
April 10 - cap and gown pictures (prek and 2nd)
April 15 - faculty meeting
May 1 - 2nd grade parent involvement; 1st grade field trip
May 4 - 2nd grade field trip; friends at play visit kindergarten; begin AIMSweb benchmarks; grade level benchmarks in Math and ELA
May 8 - Kindergarten registration; kindergarten dismiss early
May 13 - safety/career day
May 14 - Kinder to Bright's Zoo; PreK Briarwood Safari; 2nd to HES for a visit
May 15 - Kindergarten registration; kindergarten dismiss early
May 18 - PreK graduation
May 19 - field day
May 20 - AR field trip to Bays Mountain
May 21 - End of Year programs
May 22 - retirement breakfast
*some dates are tentative and subject to change; if there are any dates to add to the list please let me know
The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.
I hope what you are doing with your students is important enough to matter every day.