The Eagle Express
Antrim Elementary School April 2, 2021
Professional Learning for Teachers
15 Staff Members at AES completed a professional learning book study of Unlearning by Allison Posey and Katie Novak, facilitated by 4th grade teacher Asher MacLeod. As a school for the last few years, we have been on a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) journey to help our students become expert learners and remove barriers to learning. During the book study, we worked on transforming techniques we use to increase student engagement, using goal setting and student choice to promote independence. An example of a project that includes student choice is a research project where they have an option to show what they learned in a poster, Google Slides, spoken presentation, essay, or other way that works best for each individual. We had some really interesting discussions and took away a lot of new ideas and strategies to use in our practice!
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A Note from Mrs. Gregg, School Counselor
This Spring, students in all of the district elementary schools will learn about bullying in their classroom counseling lessons. They will learn "The 3 R's": Recognize, Report, and Refuse. They will learn to distinguish bullying from other mean and annoying and distressing behaviors and will learn and practice skills and strategies for effectively dealing with bullying. These lessons will build on and reinforce the kindergarten through fourth grade Second Step lessons on emotional literacy and social skills that have focused on the following subjects, among others: recognizing one's own feelings and the feelings of others; practicing empathy and accepting differences and diversity; emotional self-regulation and impulse control; dealing with strong feelings (e.g., how to calm down); and problem-solving skills (e.g., assertiveness; identify the problem, think about and choose a good solution).
What are the Zones?
THE FOUR ZONES: OUR FEELINGS & STATES DETERMINE OUR ZONE
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”. A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize. All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, students are often experiencing a heightened internal state such as silliness or excitement and are in the Yellow Zone, but it may not need to be managed. However, if the environment is changed to the library where there are different expectations than the playground, students may still be in the Yellow Zone but have to manage it differently so their behavior meets the expectations of the library setting.
For more about the Zones, click here.
Thank you to all the parents who use Pick Up Patrol. Pick Up Patrol offers us a way to make arrivals and departures more efficient. If you are currently using Pick Up Patrol for dismissal but haven’t started using the Health Screening option, we ask that you look at it and try using it to help us with Morning Drop Off. Submit a health assessment of your student (s) by answering a few questions in the PUP web app each school day by 8:00 am.
If you are unfamiliar with the Pick Up Patrol program, please find below a document to show you how to acquire the App, sign up for Pick Up Patrol and use it. If you have any questions, please ask the office. Thank you.