Focus of the Week: Independence
Kay and Cacey- Novi PBL classroom visit (if you are interested in doing something like this, please let me know)!
Muffins with your Favorite Gal setup after school
Tuesday, May 3
3rd Grade Math MStep
Muffins with your Favorite Gal 8-8:30AM
Carver/Maurus meeting @ 9:30AM
Compton/Maurus meeting @ 10:30AM
Staff Meeting @ 4:00-6:00PM
JCC Meeting 6:00 (Middleton attending)
Wednesday, May 4
3rd Grade Math MStep
PBIS @ 8AM
Walk-a-Thon 11:00AM-12:00PM (time may change a little- please be flexible!)
Next Gen Classroom Meeting @ central office 4PM (Maurus, Shufeldt, Kopy, Vasiloff)
Thursday, May 5
Maurus/Dunn Meeting @ 10:00AM
Monitor Meeting @ 12:00PM
MTSS Planning Meeting 1:00PM-2:00PM
Friday, May 6
Maurus @ central office- Elementary Meeting 8:30-11:30
Student Services Director Focus Group- 12:30PM-1:30PM Brian and Jason will be over here to listen to your suggestions for the new Students Services Director
Last Week's Behavior Data
Send Home: 1
Trends/Hot Spots: Relational aggression
One thing that I chose to take a long time on this week is on the relational aggression piece. I noticed that the kids are dividing themselves into groups and creating clubs/friendship circles/cliques. This isn't anything new to kids- it is the kind of stuff that you can probably remember from your own childhood.
Talking to the kids, a lot of frustration centers around wanting to be a part of a club/group/clique and not knowing how to do it. We have been having a lot of issues with students trying to be in a group and going about it in the wrong ways (name calling, yo mama jokes, physical aggression, etc...).
There was also talk about how if there is such a group, how to know if the group is okay (healthy behavior, inclusion, etc...) or not okay (formed to exclude, hurt or promote negative behavior).
If you notice that this is something that is happening with your students, we do have some resources that will help to address it. Many of you are familiar with Second Step, which gives you guidance on how to address this stuff without having to create things on your own.
This is part of educating the whole child- not just the academics. If we focus solely on the academics, we will most surely be dealing with the social/emotional by having to put out fires. This is a way to be proactive and to save yourself a lot of time in the end. We are not just teachers of academics- we are in the business of academics as well as citizenship.
The way I look at it is if a student aces every single academic test, but is hurting other people or doing negative, hurtful things when an adult isn't present, we still have work to do.
If a child doesn't know how to read, we teach them to read.
If a child doesn't know how to add, we teach them how to add.
If a child doesn't know how to behave, we.... Punish them? Lecture them? Complain about their home life? Complain about how "that's not my job?"
NO! WE TEACH THEM!
Let me know if you need any help, guidance or resources so that you can support your students' character education.
The tech department asked that if you have any questions about a student's usage, to please submit is as a ticket if you are requesting a report to look at their digital footprint. When you do get the report back, if it includes terms that are definitely not okay, please bring it to my attention.
I had a conversation with a parent about the terms that their student was searching for, and I explained to the parent that the district cannot guarantee that firewalls and other preventative measures will always work (some of our kids are more savvy than we are with getting through things). The parent agreed that while kids are naturally curious, there needs to be a different way to satisfy curiosity (like asking a trusted adult) where the information provided is appropriate for the age group. We are using times like this as teachable moments with consequences (suspended technology use for a period of time).
Michelle v is working on a Google Doc that we can add names to when you and/or I have deemed it necessary for a student to have suspended technology privileges. She will be able to send it out most likely this week- make sure that you put any student names on there so that all teachers who use technology in their classrooms (especially specials teachers) can check it to make sure that we are all in the loop.
Murray is in the House
Lisa knows our culture and our kids know her- she is a great person to have in for you.
If you are interested, please let me know ASAP- it is expensive and I would like to send a crew of Jefferson people, but I need to plan ahead.