Regal Leader

Volume 77 - February 25, 2019

The Week Ahead

Hopefully everyone was tied down and didn't get blown away by the winds today. My week is crazy, but on the bright side it looks like we should have a full week of school. And yes, we move into March this week.

We start our revised schedules this week. That is 8-period day on Wednesday, no early out on Thursday, and Thursday and Friday are block days. Please remember that Thursday remains even periods and Friday is odd periods.

The musical is this weekend at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. There are shows on Friday and Saturday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at

Congratulations to the boys basketball team on their win Saturday night. They will start state tournament play either next Monday or Tuesday. there are some games in our class that were postponed so we won't know when they play until all of those games are made up.

Have a great week!

Monday: HS Admin meeting @ 9:00, Emergency Operations Plan meeting @ 5:15

Tuesday: Rosetta Stone meeting @ 10:00, Board of Ed. meeting @ 6:30

Wednesday: Class in Waterloo, Mass @ 2:15

Thursday: Class in Waterloo

Friday: Musical @ 7:00

Saturday: Musical at 2:00 & 7:00

Sunday: Musical @ 2:00

Morning Prayer This Week

Feb 25-March 1: Prayer to Love God Above All Things

God, my Father,

may I love You in all things and above all things.

May I reach the joy which You have prepared for me in Heaven.

Nothing is good that is against Your Will,

and all that is good comes from Your Hand.

Place in my heart a desire to please You

and fill my mind with thoughts of Your Love,

so that I may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Peace.

Mass on Wednesday

We have Mass at 2:15 on Wednesday.

The Drawbacks from Praise

  • I recently read an article through ASCD titled Confessions of a Recovering Praise Manipulator. The author discusses the ways that praise can be problematic, but also states that praise should not be abandoned. She states, "before you praise, ask yourself: What's the intention? Is it because I want something in return?" If the answer is yes, then you should be transparent with why you are offering the praise given.

Here are a couple of other ideas from the article.

The Perils of Praise:

  • Praise feeds insecurity - students need approval to know where they stand with the teacher.
  • Praise seeds divisiveness among learners - some learners will act out as a way to reject praise; others will crave praise for the sense of power it imparts.
  • Praise encourages learners to submit to authority rather than empowering their critical thinking skills.
  • Praise conditions learners to be motivated extrinsically rather than intrinsically.
  • Praise narrowly defines learners by what the teacher sees (or doesn't see) in the student, rather than everything they have to offer.

Alternatives to Praise

  • Instead of..."I really like how quietly Tiara lined up. Thanks you, Tiara." Say this..." Join me in lining up so we can go to lunch."
  • Instead of..."Yes, I love your self-portrait." Say this..." Do you love your self-portrait? Tell me what you love about it."
  • Instead of..."I am so proud of you." Say this..."You should be so proud of yourself."
  • Instead of..."Great job on the science fair." Say this..."What part was the most challenging?"
  • Instead of..."That's a pretty drawing." Say this..."You are creative."
  • Instead of..."You were the best kid out there." Say this..."I watched your whole game/performance."