The Chuck

February 22- 26, 2016

This Week at Woodstock

Monday, February 22

Mr. Lugo at AP meeting (AM)

  • PAC MEETING 3:10pm in Learning Commons

  • Winn's Book Club

Tuesday, February 23

  • Girls on the Run

  • Journalism Club

  • 3rd Grade Planning 8:20-10:30

  • Battle of the Books 2016 TCC

Wednesday, February 24: MATH PLCs (K-5)

  • Citizen of the Month 8:45

Thursday, February 25

  • Adjusted Dismissal

  • KL/ODS, Grade 2 & 5 testing

  • Taste of Italy Luncheon to benefit Helping Hands

  • Meet and Greet Transfer Fair at Green Run HS 4pm

  • City-Wide Reflections Night at Kempsville HS

Friday, February 26

Fabulous Friday Soup(er) Staff Luncheon hosted by Mrs. Hedrick, Mr. Lugo and Staff Welfare Committee

Upcoming March Events:

March 1: Primary Election will be happening in the gym

March 1 & March 2: Language Arts Learning Walks with Abby Dougherty

March 2: Read Across America Day!!

March 3: MTSS-B site visit

March 4: Progress Reports

March 7: PBIS webinar for School Lead Team

March 8: PBIS School Lead Team meeting 3:10pm Room 14

March 14: Staff Meeting

March 15: Spring Lifetouch Pictures

March 17: Grade 1 gifted testing

March 18: Grade 4 Symphony Field Trip

March 24: Citizen of the Month

March 28- April 1: SPRING BREAK!

Woodstock Shout Outs


Congratulations go out to our beloved, Carol Karpovich for achieving the role of Cafeteria Manager at Glenwood Elementary. Awesome, fantastic, wonderful!!! We will all miss you greatly. Lea Baskerville


Thank you Anne and Lauren for switching bus time with the 2nd Grade teachers handling Girls on the Run!! You are super. Jeannie


Thank you Denise for always keeping us straight on the Volleyball team. Your knowledge is priceless!! Jeannie


Many thanks to Paula for stepping in during a whirlwind time and being such a great addition to the 2nd grade team. We appreciate you!


Shout out to all the teachers who have committed themselves to incorporating new technology lessons in their rooms. Go Google Classroom! Go Pixie! Go SeeSaw! Go Breakout EDU! We aren't even an anchor school!

Stephanie Wyman


Congratulations to Carol Karpovich on her recent promotion! We are so proud of you! Remember, once a Woodchuck, always a Woodchuck!! ~ ANH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Deborah Stoyko 2/26

Kim Garcia 3/2

Oky Parok 3/5

Anne Martin 3/7

Carolyn Pulley 3/16

Carolyn Davis 3/20

Heather Winn 3/26

Mr. K 3/30

Connections, Not Consequences

Connections, Not Consequences

Dr. Allen Mendler (cited from edutopia.com)

I was recently at an intermediate school observing the classrooms of teachers who had signed up for assistance in working with one or more of their difficult students. As expected, I saw a range of inappropriate behaviors among the kids I was asked to observe, including Keegan wandering around the room, Carlton with his head on the desk, Shaleesha and Louisa bickering over a pencil, and Manny making squeaky noises. Later on, I met with each of five teachers to discuss their concerns and explore strategies.

While every teacher had no trouble reciting a litany of these students' disruptive behaviors, I was amazed that, three months into the school year, not one was able to tell me any of the students' favorite out-of-school interest, hobby, or activity. Hiding my shock, I suggested that it might be a good idea to engage each student to discover these things so that, going forward, they might be better prepared to reach out and connect in a positive way.

Perhaps it's unfair to generalize from this small sample, but these five teachers, although frustrated by those students, struck me as caring people truly dedicated to turning them around. Further, the teachers probably had numerous prior opportunities to connect with each student -- and probably thought that they'd tried. In fact, virtually every teacher claims to care about all students when asked. Yet I wondered if any of these kids actually felt cared about. In fact, student surveys consistently find that fewer than half believe their teachers care about them. I would guess that the numbers are even lower among the behaviorally challenging population.

Why the disconnect? And what are the remedies?

1. Too Much Reliance on Consequences

Consequences work only when someone cares more about what is lost than gained because of their behavior. Losing recess because you didn't do your work is only effective if a student's need for recess is greater than what he gets in class by not doing it. The threat of losing sports eligibility may at best work during the season but rarely beyond. Suspension only works when kids care more about being in class than being out. Restorative justice works when students believe that the system cares about them. Notice that the operative word for effectiveness is care. Most tough kids rightly or wrongly feel like unwanted outsiders and therefore don't allow these methods to work.

Remedy

In order for consequences to work, the student must see the teacher as an insider. Consider the answers to these questions: Does my teacher. . .

  • Know what I'm afraid of?

  • Know what I'm proud of?

  • Know what I'm anxious to talk about?

  • Recognize my interests, dreams and disappointments?

  • Openly share who he or she is?

  • Know me?

    If not, we're viewed as someone trying to wield power, and we become yet another enemy to be resisted.

    2. Failure to Connect

    Since most challenging students build walls to protect themselves from disappointment or worse, it takes time, effort, and patience to become an insider.

    Remedy

    Make it a daily priority to:

  • Greet tough kids in a friendly way: "Good to see you."

  • Get to know how they are outside of class: "What do you like to do when you aren't in school?"

  • Learn about their hopes: "If you could spend more time with someone, who would it be?"

  • Learn about their dreams: "When I was a kid, I remember wanting to be a fireman. What about you?"

  • Share your own story of successes and failures.

    Even with all of this, most kids will continue to visit their old behaviors as they are acquiring new ones. So expect backsliding, and when it occurs, view it as a sign that positive changes are beginning to take hold.

    3. Lack of Dialogue, Negotiation, and Agreement

    How effective have you found this approach to be for promoting an apology?

    Matthew, that was a nasty, inappropriate, hurtful thing to say. Apologize to Briana right now, and I don't want to hear that again! Move your card to yellow right now [or some other consequence].

    Remedy

    Good discipline should be a trigger for reflection and insight, not an action that results solely in pain or pleasure. In his book The Village Way, Chaim Peri speaks of the DNA of effective discipline -- meaningful punishment as a process of dialogue, negotiation, and agreement (DNA). While the following approach to promote an apology is more time-consuming, it's also more likely to promote empathy and insight:

    Matthew, how do you feel when someone says nasty, hurtful things to you? What would you want that person to say or do that might make you feel better? I know I'd feel upset and maybe mad, and I'd want someone to apologize and really mean it. Unless you can think of a different way to make things better, I think a good start would be apologizing to Briana for the hurt you caused. I also wonder if moving your card from green to yellow would help you remember not to say that again. What do you think?

    Initiating this kind of dialogue with a youngster who breaks rules requires that we share how the behavior is problematic for us, others, or the student. This affords the student an opportunity to explore other ways of getting his needs met. It's an opportunity to let him see you as someone who sets limits, yet can also share the personal experience of remembering when adults set limits for you. By doing this, you encourage input from and possible negotiation with the student, leading to agreement.

    I discuss all this and much more in my book Connecting With Students. - Mendler

    Questions to consider:

    What are your thoughts about traveling a road to change that runs through connections rather than consequences? What strategies have you found helpful? Please be prepared to discuss these questions & feedback about this article this week during PLCs.

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YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

We’re happy you’re a teacher here at Woodstock
We enjoy each lesson you teach as you inspire us to dream and work and reach

With your kindness, you get our attention
Every day you’re planting a seed of curiosity and motivation
To know and to grow and to succeed

You help us fulfill our potential and
we’re thankful for all you have done.
We admire you each day and we just want to say that

Pam Bolt, You make a difference.

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Military Affiliation Forms

Teachers, Military Affiliation Information Forms should be returned by Thursday, February 25th. Please use the class list provided as a check off sheet and return along with completed forms. If you have any questions, please let Linda Leftwich know.



Thank you in advance for your help.

REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION INFORMATION SESSIONS

To continue efforts to support a culture of growth and excellence through varied professional learning opportunities, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has an ongoing partnership with Regent University, which enables staff to receive a 25 percent tuition discount. Two sessions are being offered to share information regarding Regent University’s opportunities for professional development, certifications, and degree programs. The first session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Plaza Annex Professional Development Center. The second session will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Laskin Road Annex Professional Development Center. Staff may attend at any time during the event.


Please see the flyer in the mailroom for more information

Know Your Why!

Mr. Lugo and Mrs. Hedrick viewed this video during the HR Hiring Fair a few Saturdays ago. It is a great reminder for the reason why we are here everyday!

Enjoy your weekend!

~Amy

Michael Jr: Know Your Why