AKA ABC Committee News- September 2016


  • PRE-K: Lily Black 3RD: Laura Shephard
  • KINDER:Ashley Ennis 4TH: Neelam Agnihotri
  • 1ST:Christina Nguyen
  • 2ND:Jasmine Ogega
  • BLOCK: Celina Acosta
  • ADMIN: Carmilla Nandlal, Delonda Johnson, Pam Hightower
  • Ty Gilmore- Behavior Specialist, Gina Murnane- Counselor


A smile is the universal welcome. -Max Eastman

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.-Amelia Barr

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

  • Strategy #1: Say it Once:Repeating ourselves in the classroom will produce lazy listening in our students.
  • Strategy #2: Turn and Talk: One way to inspire active listening in your students is to give them a listening task.
  • Strategy #3: Student Hand Signals: Asking students to pay full attention and indicating that they will follow this with a non-verbal signal is a wonderful tool for sharpening those listening skills.
  • Strategy #4: Pay Attention, Pause, Paraphrase: Children need structured opportunities to restrain themselves from speaking in order to keep their attention on listening, especially when working in groups.
  • Strategy #5: Creating Questions:If your students are listening to a speech, watching a documentary clip, or hearing a story read aloud, break it up by stopping a few times and having students write a question or two about what they just heard.

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Good listeners are both rare and valued. It's important to share this with students, and to also share the fact that people who really listen -- make eye contact, show interest, and restrain from cutting others off in a conversation -- are easy to like and respect.