Willow Creek Staff Newsletter

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a restful and relaxing winter break. Many of you made your New Year's resolutions' and are ready to get started, others are still trying to figure out what they should do more of. I was watching something on television and it was focused on what you wouldn't do during the upcoming year. I loved the idea, so you may want to search out something you won't do. I think the best one was "I will not wear culottes in 2016." I could definitely be successful with that resolution.

As we continue to review our New Year's Resolutions are we looking at the challenge or learning with a "growth" mindset or a "fixed" mindset? Are we teaching our students to have a "growth" mindset or a "fixed" mindset? Below I have included a short TED Talk by Carol Dweck which mindset are you?

I know that as a school and a family Willow Creek will continue to put students first when making decisions and planning for student success. We are starting a new journey this year and I'm excited to have each and everyone of you here for the journey.

Ringing in the New Year!

Hello 2016!!

As we ring in the new year, often times it requires us to reestablish classroom expectations especially in the area of behavior. As teachers we teach students reading, writing, math, science and social studies in the classroom. Using data from the classroom we inform our instruction and reteach areas of need for the students. In the article below it describes how behavior is also a content that must be taught and there are many opportunities to use researched based strategies to reteach instead of punish. Each time we set up a situation for a student we are setting a structure for the student to succeed. We have to continually set these up for the students and provide support throughout the challenges.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/behavior-expectations-how-to-teach-them-aaron-hogan

January 4th-8th - Upcoming Events

January 6, 2015 - STAFF MEETING- 3:00-4:00

We will have a bullying presentation to assist teachers in identifying and intervening in times when students' feel bullied. This is a mandatory training for all teachers and staff. Please make arrangements to attend. If you have questions or concerns please let me know.