Lighthouse School Newsletter
November 4, 2020
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Mr. B's Corner
Our last day of the trimester is December 3 and we only have 21 days remaining! As you are undoubtedly aware the feeling of “procrastination come due” has arrived, or will arrive soon, for students. Procrastination has the ability to ignite a flame of diligence or suck the oxygen out of the fire altogether. Hopefully, through our combined conversations, we are able to encourage the former and avoid the latter. And, although we (adults) do struggle with this reality, some students work best under the pressure they have created through their procrastination. With this fact in mind, I continue to encourage students to understand their own habits better and make informed decisions about their pace and planning. Some work is best accomplished through incremental steps rather than a monumental leap.
Procrastination is something that I would venture to posit that everyone has dealt with within their lives. In fact, I would contend that most people deal with it quite regularly. And, I would further contend that most successful adults have learned when, how, and what to procrastinate on so that they are making better use of their time (or at least more enjoyable use). Although many gifted students have great abilities to learn materials and complete tasks in a speedy manner, they are not immune to procrastination. On the contrary, the ease in which gifted kids can learn material and complete tasks often heightens their procrastination trigger. “If I know I can accomplish this task in one night working for 6 hours, why would I spend 6 days working on the task?” Sort of logical, right? The trick with procrastination is that humans, naturally, underestimate the time a task takes, and overestimate one’s ability to complete the task.
Again, like perfectionism, there is a gap between our self-perceived ability, and our actual achievement. This also adds to the inherent stress that our perfectionists feel. One is often not able to edit, revise, and reduce their work to an acceptable 93% when one does not give oneself enough time to complete the task, let the material marinate, and take the requisite time to revise. Procrastination, however, is sometimes the only excuse a perfectionist has in their toolbox to explain away “less than perfect work.” It feels less emotionally damaging for a perfectionist to say, “it’s not perfect because I did it in just 30 minutes last night” than it does to admit that one worked really hard and did not meet their expectations.
- 93% Rule: Perfectionist students need to be given permission and encouragement to strive for only 93% some times on some things. Dr. Boatman explained that if it takes 2 hours to get to 93%, it often takes another 2 hours to complete the extra 7%. Time can be better spent on other tasks AND emotional turmoil may not be worth the extra effort. She did say, however, that we ought to encourage 100% striving on those things the student shows a passion.
Please check out the creator of “Wait, But Why,” Tim Urban’s, TedTalk called “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.” He uses comedy and simple animation to discuss the rational logic of procrastination. Despite the fact that he is a self-proclaimed master procrastinator himself, he constantly strives, with futility, to conquer his base instincts. Many Lighthouse students also struggle with this notion, but strive to “fix” themselves in one swift motion rather than realizing and accepting that small incremental improvements are more likely to stick.
Motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, says that to avoid procrastination, one must, “Eat That Frog.” He contends that “eating a frog” is a metaphor for taking on the task that you like the least, are least skilled at, or enjoy the least first. Once you have completed your least enjoyable task, all other tasks are easier to complete. Not only do you have more enjoyable tasks left, but you do not have a less enjoyable task hanging over your head. Eat your vegetables first?!?!
Consider having a conversation with your child(ren) about procrastination:
- What items do you procrastinate on the most? Why?
- Are there some tasks that procrastination actually helps you? What proof do you have that it helps?
- Are there tasks that you consistently procrastinate on that are not successful? Why?
- What makes some tasks appropriate for you to procrastinate and others not? Why?
- What do you do while procrastinating instead of accomplishing your goals? Why?
- What might be a small, achievable goal to diminish your unsuccessful procrastination? Explain.
- Which of your daily work tasks are your “vegetables” and which are your “dessert?” Explain.
It might even be worth discussing your own bouts, both successful and not successful, of procrastination with your child.
Please remember to check in with your child(ren) about their inquiry, ask big questions, share resources, take a virtual trip to visit an expert, and ask to see their presentation in progress.
As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to the Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,
Learning Model Transition Requests: Grades 1-6
As I shared in Mr. B’s corner, we are nearing the end of the first trimester. At this time we are asking our families if they would like to transition into a different base model for second trimester with the knowledge that Learning Models may change based upon the Minnesota Department of Health’s 14 Day Covid-19 Case Rate by County guidance.
Currently, families are able to choose:
- Modified Campus Learning Model
- 2 Days at School, 3 Days at Home
- Extended Flexible Learning
- All Learning from Home
Please contact Ms. Dougherty by November 15 if you would like to switch your current model:
Those families who do not contact Ms. Dougherty will remain in their current model. We'll review requests against current staffing plans and communicate with requesting families the week of November 30 for any transitions to begin at the start of the second trimester on December 8.
COVID-19 Case Data Increasing in Anoka County
We continue to monitor increasing case rates in the county through the weekly report we receive from the Minnesota Department of Health and through daily county case numbers. We want all of our families to know that it is our intent to remain in our current learning model for grades K-6 for as long as possible and prioritize learning at school.
- We will continue working with our regional support team, which includes public health experts, to thoughtfully consider county, district, and school data/trends available and make sound decisions for health, safety, and learning for students, families, and staff.
- We know any transition is disruptive to families.
- We want you to have insight to what we are seeing and be informed should the public health situation necessitate a change in the future.
- We’ll have more information as we have updated data in the coming days.
Reminder: Meal services available for students learning at home
Students learning at home can pick up a daily meal pack at no cost that includes one breakfast and lunch at the Spring Lake Park High School, 1100 81st Avenue Northeast; Door #32. Meal pick up is available Monday – Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Questions? Contact the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.
Mark your calendar: EFL Picture day is coming!
Mark your calendars for LifeTouch student pictures to be taken at school:
- Wednesday, November 11 – Students in Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning), students that were absent during the October picture dates, and PSEO students.
- Please call Donna Dougherty at 763-600-5200 or 763-600-5258 to schedule a photo time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Only Lighthouse students having their photo taken will be allowed in the building.
- Students must wear a face mask to enter the building. Face masks will not be worn during the photo session.
- Students must use hand sanitizer upon entering school.
- Students must maintain physical distancing (6 ft. +) while in school.
- Students sick or exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 may not come to Picture Day.
- New onset cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever of 100 degrees without fever reducing medication
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste and smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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