Friday Focus

St. George Episcopal Lower School

February 15-19

  • MONDAY - Presidents' Day holiday
  • TUESDAY - Yvonne off campus, Modification letters due to Sam, Grades due at 4:00 p.m.
  • WEDNESDAY - Birthdays for the last 2 weeks celebrated today, Faculty meeting @ 3:30 in St. John room, Yoga @ 4:00 p.m.
  • THURSDAY - JK Assessments in library
  • FRIDAY - Musical preview in chapel
  • SUNDAY - Happy Birthday Ram!

Upcoming Dates

  • February 22 - Stanford Testing
  • February 23 - Stanford Testing
  • February 24 - Stanford Testing
  • February 25 - Stanford Testing, Mimi's Baby Shower
  • February 26 - Stanford Testing

Reminders and Things To Be Thinking About:

  • I still need to hear from a few of you about Stanford schedules. Please email me and Roberta your schedules.
  • Please let me know when you will be having your student led conferences, for those grade levels who have these.
  • Classroom teachers - If you are using a specific behavior management plan with individual students, please send the specialists a note detailing the plan. Students who need this extra help also need consistency and, if we are using the same plan across all courses, it will be much more effective.
  • Please make sure that you are always keeping your doors locked.

Struggling Students?? Let's talk!

If you have students who are struggling, please make sure you are having conferences with parents. I am happy to attend any of these conferences. Please make sure you let me know about any students who are having trouble. More communication is always better than less, and keeping a record of interactions through emails and/or written notes from conferences is very wise!
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I have recently been reading about how we are educating children for the world of tomorrow and about how we should be helping to encourage an innovator's mindset. The characteristics above are skills children need to develop so that they can be innovative, problem solving adults. How can we promote them through what we do everyday in school?

Empathetic – Have students write from the perspective of a character and understand how they would communicate within the modern time frame or in their community.

Problem Finders/Problem Solvers – Look at the work of Dan Meyer and others and have students start out by looking for problems in their world, as opposed to simply getting them to solve them from a textbook.

Risk-Takers – How do we get students to try different ways to share their learning through assessments, and as David Jakes would say, take “calculated risks“.

Networked – Have students look at collaboration as something that is both in and out of the classroom, and help them connect with experts locally and globally (and by the way, experts could be other students in the same classroom).

Observant – Taking time to be mindful and noticing what is in the room, helps students to become more aware and create connections to their own learning.

Creators – If students really want to go deep, it is what they create in their classroom where powerful learning really happens. Will kids learn more about coding if they watch a video about it, or watch a video and then create something because of it?

Resilient – Understanding that learning is about ups and downs, but having students share not only their learning, but the process of learning. Video has made this a lot easier for students to share this process.

Reflection – This is not something we do not do enough in our schools. Do we take the time to have our students (and ourselves) make connections to their own learning? We often give ideas and then have them collaborate immediately as opposed to gathering their own thoughts. If learning is truly personal, then we need time to internalize (this is why I blog so much). How do we have students make their own connections to learning through the explicit act of reflection?

If you look at these characteristics and examples, these are things that can be done all of the time, not simply as an event. Being explicit about how we do this will help our students become the thinkers and innovators that our world needs not only for the future, but also today.

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