Edgewood's Tiger Talk

November 3, 2017

A Note from the Principal

One of the 21st Century Learning Skills (G21) that we're focusing on @ Edgewood this year is Self-Directed learning. What is a self-directed learner? Self-directed learners:

  • Take initiative to figure out what they need to learn
  • Make a plan to do so
  • Take and use feedback from others
  • Believe that they can learn things if they have the right plan and practice (they have a "growth mindset")

Being self-directed isn't a new phenomenon; I can think of many people I know who are self-directed. My good friends' mom went back to work when her kids were in school as a teacher's assistant, and over the years, learned more and more, and is now a superintendent in Illinois. Self-direction is a trait that most successful people have, I think.

What is different now, though, is that with how quickly everything changes, EVERYONE needs to be self-directed. Whatever your career, you need to learn new technologies, new platforms, and be able to make a plan to learn it on your own.

We don't expect elementary students to be entirely self-directed, but we want to plant the seeds and begin to develop that disposition. Stay tuned for some of the things that we're doing to develop this skill in students at Edgewood this year!

It's Getting Cold!

It's time for coats, hats, and mittens at recess. Students go outside for 30 minutes of recess unless it is raining or below 0 degrees with windchill. Please make sure they have proper attire. Snow pants are out at local stores--now is the time to stock up!

If you need assistance getting appropriate winter gear, please reach out to Mrs. Boyd or Mrs. Michlig.

Mrs. Boyd's Maternity Leave

As you may have noticed, I'm expecting (again). On or around December 18th, my husband and I are expecting to add identical twin girls to our family. My plan is to be gone from December 18th through March 2nd. Mrs. Jessica Stein, who currently serves as the Parent Engagement Coordinator for the District, will be stepping in as principal while I'm out. You may see her joining me at arrival and dismissal as she learns the ropes. Please give her a warm welcome!

Pawsitively Edgewood--Character Education

We're beginning to introduce students to goal-setting. In our assemblies, we're talking about what makes good goals. How do you set something that is a stretch, but is realistic? How do you make an action plan to help you get to your goal?

Classroom Spotlight--Mrs. Hess--Writing

One part of being a self-directed learner is getting feedback, and then applying it. Third graders revise their writing after receiving feedback and making choices about what they want to focus on.

Is this game/movie/book appropriate for my kid?

Check out http://www.commonsensemedia.org to get reviews of movies, websites, games, and books for kids. What is in it that makes it PG, for example? Should I be worried about that App/Game they're playing? Check it out to find out!

Pop Tabs

Keep sending in those Pop Tabs! They benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee.

Earn money for our EHSA when you shop on Amazon!

Go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Search for the "Edgewood Home and School Association, Inc." A small percentage of every purchase will come to the EHSA. Easy for you, $ for the school!

Upcoming Dates

11/14--EHSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Learning Commons. Refreshments & childcare provided.

11/22--No School for Students (Professional Learning)

11/23-24--No School--Thanksgiving Holiday

12/8--Coffee with the Principal: Learn about our work so far with Goal-Setting (which builds self-directed learning skills)

12/9--EHSA Breakfast with Santa, 9am-12pm

12/14--1st Trimester Report Cards sent home in Thursday Folders

12/25-1/1--No School--Winter Break

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