Week of Sept. 16th...

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To think about: Does anyone have a booth idea for the LPS Diversity Festival?



Music Therapy Starts (3 AM Sessions Possible)

Vocational Rehab (seniors with IEPs) 8:30-11


9:30-10:00 Visit by Getting Smart/Kauffman/Dr. Tucker and others from Central Office

Thursday: MN out

19: Early Release--Professional Development

PD at LA: Agenda emailed separately


20: No School--Professional Development

PD Agenda emailed separately

Upcoming Dates: September

10/4: Hotdog BBQ Lunch

NEE: Unit of Instruction (Executive Functioning Skills)

Big3 Focus Week of 9/23: Emotional Vocabulary

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Lesson #5: Developing Emotional Awareness and Vocabulary

Lesson 5: Developing Emotional Awareness and an Emotional Vocabulary (Differentiating and labeling feelings is a step towards coping with these feelings effectively, interacting appropriately with others, and resolving difficult situations.

  1. Circle: Share situations when you usually feel happy. (Can also do with a more complex emotion like confusion, frustration, etc.)

  2. Discuss: How many different feelings do you think you experience in a day, afternoon, hour, or even at the same time?

    1. All of us constantly feel many emotions, even ones that conflict with each other. It’s important to be able to identify the emotions and sort them out so we can make positive decisions about how we respond.

    2. Brainstorm a list of as many emotions you can think of

      1. Discuss the differences among emotion words (sad), compared to a feeling (crying), and situations in which you might feel that way (called a name).

    3. Discuss:

      1. We need a large emotional vocabulary because we have a large range of feelings. During intense emotions, we may think we are sad when we are really disappointed or envious. Why does it matter that we can name this? By getting better at knowing EXACTLY how we are feeling, and by being able to think and talk about these feelings in clear and specific terms, we can handle situations more productively.

    4. How do you get better? Role play scenarios (p. 52)

      1. What are the differences between frustration, disappointment, envy, and jealousy, sadness and grief?

        1. Discuss: How might you act differently in those situations? You will REACT BETTER if you understand your emotions more precisely. When we experience a challenging feeling and don’t know what it is, we might tend to act like we are angry.

    5. Take the Emotional Vocabulary Quiz (p. 54-57)

Executive Functioning Skills Focus (Will be our Unit of Instruction)

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Can we start being intentional about our conversations about task initiation and time management with our kids?