FRANK LEDESMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
"Learn Like A Champion" February 19, 2021
LCAP GOAL 3 New Temperature Reading Machine
Classified Employee of the Year Carissa Bailon
LCAP GOAL 2 Proficiency for ALL - California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
LCAP GOAL 3 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)
COVID Virtual Learning has been challenging for everyone. Teacher/Student relationships are a bigger deal than ever before.
I recently read an article written by a teacher in Sacramento. The teacher acknowledged how much teachers everywhere are doing so many creative things to build positive relationships with the students. The idea is that the more connected the student and teacher are, the more the student will want to learn. One idea the teacher wrote about was, depending on the age of the students, developing student leaders who can help the class may be a good strategy to bring in some peer support.
Another idea the teacher had was to have students complete a weekly "Check-In" with students. She sends out a Google Form survey to all students at the beginning of the week. Questions include how students are feeling about the class, school, personal lives, and technology issues. There is a goal-setting question for the week and a reflection on a goal they previously set. A very important question: "Is there anything else that you think it would be helpful for me (teacher) to know about how you or your family are doing?" This doesn't work for everyone because the teacher must provide feedback and let the students know that their responses are being read by the teacher. The teacher will reach out according to the need, but everyone gets feedback.
One more interesting idea the teacher had was really a simple thing but highly important according to research. The teacher always greets the students by name as they enter Zoom and as much as possible, the teacher says goodbye to each student when they leave. Hearing their name helps give students feel a sense of belonging, which is critical to academic success. Eventually, the greeting became so important to the students that if a student joined and did not hear their name, the student will say "Mr. ---, you didn't say hello to me." Some students will go ahead and say good morning and the teacher will respond.
Many Acts of Kindness Come in ALL Shapes and Formats - SEL at Frank Ledesma
LCAP GOAL 2 and 3 SEL - Deepening Relationships Students & Teachers
The teacher shared some comments that foster personal connections by showing she values their time to connect. For example, she will say "I'm glad we have the chance to talk," "Your sister is back from college now, right? How has it been having her home," or "What would you say is your biggest source of stress right now?" She had more phrases such as "What do you need most right now from me?" Some helpful phrases are helpful for emotional connections such as "Tell me more about that," "That must be difficult for, I can only imagine how that impacts you."
A benefit to the students is the goal. These little chats and comments can foster a sense of safety and belonging. Through this strategy, the teacher needs to enhance students' resilience and coping. There are many benefits if the teacher can stay solution-oriented. The teacher/author provided this statement to emphasize the importance of helping students learn to persevere: "It sounds like a lot has been happening that is out of your control, and that sounds really frustrating. What are some things you do have control over - something small you can do to start to make things better?"
As the principal at FL, I am so lucky to work with amazing teachers who value SEL along with high learning expectations.
LCAP GOAL 2 Proficiency for ALL: 3rd Grade Material and Supply Distribution - Connecting with Students and Parents!
LCAP GOAL 2 SAVE The WHALES and Mrs. Shin's Class - Science is Still Happening!
KINDER REGISTRATION ALL WEEK 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. February 22-26, 2021! Spread the Word!
February 22 - ELCAP Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting at 6:00 pm
February 23 - Staff Virtual Meeting @ 3:25 pm
February 24 -
February 25 - School Site Council Virtual Meeting at 5:00 pm
February 26 - Digital Citizenship Lessons Due! & Timesheets Due!
March 1 - March Curriculum Meeting 3:30 - 4:45 pm
March 2 - DLT Virtual Meeting @ 3:00 pm
March 3 - FL ELCAP Stakeholder Engagement Meeting 6:00 - 7:30 pm
March 4 -
March 5 - Happy Friday!
Please Save The Date, March 9th!
Please mark March 9th from 2:25 pm - 4:25 pm on your calendar. The I-Ready team will be conducting a training session for elementary and middle school teachers to discuss your site's Diagnostic assessment #2 data.
Frank Ledesma Elementary School
Soledad, Ca. 93960
(831) 678-8029 Fax