Friday Focus

From the desk of Christopher J. Blake

Carroll Elementary School believes that by fostering a positive, safe and secure learning environment that includes a comprehensive curriculum and involvement of all stakeholders, all students will be successful academically, socially, and emotionally.

Message for the Week

I think we all can agree that motivation is important each and every day. How well are you motivating your students? Motivation is often the key to moving to the next level. Think about ways you can motivate your students. From research on motivation, the following factors have been found to enhance motivation:


· Success (the need for mastery)

· Curiosity (the need for understanding)

· Originality (the need for self-expression)

· Relationships (the need for involvement with others)


As educators, it is our responsibility to convince our students they can succeed. Students want and need work that enables them to demonstrate and improve their sense of themselves as competent and successful human beings. This is the drive toward mastery. But success, while highly valued in our society, can be more or less motivational. People who are highly creative, for example, actually experience failure far more often than success.


Before we can use success to motivate our students to produce high-quality work, we must meet three conditions:


1. We must clearly articulate the criteria for success and provide clear, immediate, and constructive feedback.

2. We must show students that the skills they need to be successful are within their grasp by clearly and systematically modeling these skills.

3. We must help them see success as a valuable aspect of their personalities.


Believe in your students and communicate that belief! Introduce your students to success, curiosity, originality, and relationships. Incorporate these ideas in your classroom and you will begin to see changes in your students.

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Carroll News

  • Lunch and Learn sessions will resume Monday, February 22 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • Monday, February 15 is a student and staff holiday.
  • The Curriculum Audit will be Tuesday, February 16 from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.
  • The district spelling bee will be Wednesday, February 17 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in the Ney Board Room.
  • Instructional Rounds will be held on campus Tuesday, February 23. Our problem of practice will continue to focus on questioning and wait time.
  • As a reminder, college shirts and dress slacks are allowed every Monday. Additionally, college shirts may be worn with jeans on Fridays. Carroll shirts and educational shirts are allowed on Fridays, as well.

Parting Thought

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas Edison