Monday Message

Week of April 4, 2016

TED Talks

I hope everyone had a wonderful break! I am looking forward to a fun spring with a lot of great events planned for Potter.

This year we have watched a few different TED Talks, I enjoy browsing through them because they are usually short and provide a different perspective on a topic that you might not have thought twice about. I also love that I have the ability to hit the stop button and move on if something is not for me.

The Happy Secret to Better Work is a short and funny exploration of the impact of positive thinking on productivity. This is interesting and something to keep in mind for ourselves (especially coming off spring break) and also for our students.

I have also included the link to TED-Ed. This is a searchable database of lessons and activities that use TED Talks or other videos. You can browse by grade level or topic to find something suited to your lesson. If you use/have used anything from this site I am interested to hear what you thought!

Have a great week!



Please remember to see the Teach HMP Calendar for any updates or details.

*Report cards are open for grades to be entered all week.


  • Wear blue for World Autism Day!
  • 9:40-10:40: Lion King Rehearsal on the stage


  • 9:40-10:40: Lion King Rehearsal on the stage


  • 9:40-10:40: Lion King Rehearsal on the stage
  • 11:30: Jump Rope Team Assembly for grades K, 3, 4 outside (weather permitting) or in the gym. Please wait to be called. The team can only come at a specific time which is during Grade 1 and 2 lunch. We will be recording their performance so that grades 1 and 2 can view at a later time.
  • Faculty Meeting in the library after school.


  • 3:15: Lion King Rehearsal


  • Marking Period Ends
  • 9:40-10:40: Lion King Rehearsal on the stage.

Special Education EdCamp

Saturday, April 16th, 9am

Norman J. Field Way

Tinton Falls, NJ

I will be attending this Special Education EdCamp at Monmouth Regional High School on Saturday April 16. This is the first EdCamp I will be attending that has a specific focus on Special Education, and I am hoping to come back with some new resources and ideas.

There are still tickets available for anyone who might be interested. The event is free and a link to sign up is below.