Martin's Musings

March 27, 2016

60 Second Difference

Gretchen Rubin is a bestselling author whose books have nothing to do with wizards, zombies, or teenage angst. Her book, The Happiness Project, spent two years on the NYT bestseller list and even made it to the #1 slot. While I have not read the book, NPR did a had a short segment about one of Gretchen's suggestions for increasing one's happiness. It is the "One-Minute Rule".

The OMR is easy and effective, but does take work to become a habit. Simply put, the OMR states the anything that can be done in one minute or less should be done immediately. One minute does not seem like a long time, but try this experiment. Start your phone's stop watch and close your eyes. When you think a minute is up, open your eyes. Were your close?

In a minute you can hang up that jacket rather than drape it over the back of the chair. The morning's cereal bowl can be washed in less than a minute. In 60 seconds, you can replace the empty paper towel roll.

By making the OMR a part of you life, you won't feel anxious about all those little things that have to be done. Gretchen writes in her blog, "because the tasks are so quick, it isn't too hard to make myself follow the rule--but it has big results. Keeping all those small, nagging tasks under control makes more me serene, less overwhelmed."

As the end of the school year approaches, things can get hectic. Give the OMR a try.

Gretchen's Blog

16-17 PBL

At our recent faculty meeting we were introduced to some of the new curriculum offerings for next year. Science and social studies PBLs with literacy integration are being developed students in elementary classrooms.

At our last IGNiTE Project Team meeting, I asked Ann Wallenmeyer some questions about PBL and district expectation.

Here is a summary of the discussion:

1. The units range in length from 2-4 weeks so there will be time in the school year to cover topics not addressed in a district PBL and/or teach a PBL that you have developed.

2. The district PBLs do not have to be used, but the standards do have to be covered. If a unit you have developed covers the necessary standards, then you may continue to teach that unit.

3. The science and social studies units are not designed to be taught simultaneously. Plan on alternating between science and social studies units.

4. The district is working to integrate as much ELA instruction into the units as possible. Ann realized that math is harder to integrate due to the sequential order of mathematics.

Of course we will have much more site-level discussion about PBLs over the nexts several weeks and months, but hopefully this helps with some of your preplanning.

Here are the links Dana shared Tuesday.

District PBLs

Reading A-Z

Pebble Go