Events for Week of October 8 - October 14
Book fair Week
Monday, October 8
LPDC Meeting - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 9
GLC Meeting - 7:45 am
Kindergarten Field Trip - 9:00 am; 1:00 pm
MAPS Meeting - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 10
Donuts for Dads - 7:30 - 8:30 am
RtI Day - 8:50 am - 3:25 pm
Thursday, October 11
Donuts for Dads - 7:30 - 8:30 am
SLO Scoring/Principal's Meeting - 8:00 - 12:00 - Betsey Out
Great Lakes Apple Crunch - lunch time
Friday, October 12
Chair Massages - sign up sheet
Send home RIMPs/On Track Letters
Movie Night - 6:45 pm
staff for showing wonderful support for Robby and The Spanbauer family, the "orange" out was a huge success! AND for showing "black out" love for Mrs. Strayer!
Fay for another fun and exciting Wellness Day! The human battleship was loved by the students!
The book fair begins on Monday with Donuts for Dads taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. Please try to stop down and say hi to the families. Staff help will be needed in the gym when dismissing the students to class. Due to the construction, I would like all staff to park at the Community Center both of these days. This will leave both lots open for visitors. The buses will drop students off on the street and staff will guide them into the building like we have done in the past.
On Thursday, October 11 will be the first day of bringing in Pizza Hut Pizza. When students select their order on Pizza Hut days, they will either choose: Pepperoni slice, Cheese slice or option B which is yogurt and muffin. Staff can order pizza as well: whole Pizzas: $12 for Pepperoni or $11 for cheese. They come in 8 slices. Or you can get a meal- 1 slice of pizza, 2 veggies, 2 fruits, and a milk for $3.60. Staff can order additional slices, too. Get your total pizza order to the office in the morning, like always, so Toni can get the correct amount ordered.
Fay has shared the chair massage sign up, this is compliments of the Wellness Committee. Don't miss out!
RIMPs must be sent home on Oct. 12. Make sure Jill or I get a copy of the plans (RIMPs to Jill and RtI plans to me.)
Our fall RtI meetings have been scheduled for October 10, all day. We will have a roaming sub that day for those of you needing meetings. You must sign up if you have a Tier 3 student or needing to move a student to Tier 3.
Words of Wisdom and Action..............................
This month's growth mindset characteristic is enthusiasm. Below is an article about the importance of keeping enthusiasm in your teaching. We all have days when enthusiasm is the last thing we want to think about however it is so important to bring to the classroom. Enthusiasm engages students at a higher level and they believe in what you are teaching. I am visiting classrooms daily and truly appreciate the enthusiasm I am observing. We are in challenging careers, nothing is black and white when dealing people all day, everyday. It will be your passion and love for teaching that will ignite your enthusiasm!
Enthusiasm – Why You Need It (Or Need to Fake It)
Imagine walking into your classroom after a night spent tossing and turning. The weight of testing and papers to be graded is heavy on your shoulders as you push open the heavy door. A notice about cancelled specials has been slid under your door and it slides across the room as you breathe out a sigh of frustration. You’re tired, you’re overworked, and the last thing you feel is enthusiastic about the day. Yet you know that in order to teach those amazing eight year olds that will be filing down the hallway in ten minutes you must fake enthusiasm until you actually begin to feel it. So, you do, because at the end of the day your students are what keeps you going.
Enthusiasm in the Classroom – Why You Need It (Or Need to Fake It)
Enthusiasm. It is a word that is tossed around, but can be hard to describe. The definition, “a strong excitement of feeling,” is easier to understand when you see it in action. That is especially true when you have the opportunity to observe a teacher who tackles her job with enthusiasm. One enthusiastic teacher can transform a class and make a significant impact on the lives of her students. If you are feeling a little less than enthusiastic about this school year, take a look at what enthusiasm does and how it can make a difference in your classroom.
In a study that Cornell University did in the late 90s, they showed that there was a definitive link between the enthusiasm in a teacher’s voice and how students responded. A professor taught the exact same class, the first time using his normal tone of voice and the second semester using a more enthusiastic tone. The students in the second semester not only rated the teacher higher on class evaluations, but also indicated that they had learned more than the first semester students. Ironically, both classes scored the same on tests and assessments, but the perception by second semester students was that they had gotten a better education.
By modulating your voice to indicate that you are more passionate about the subject you are teaching, the odds of students responding positively to the lesson increase. When your class becomes engaged and your enthusiasm rubs off on them, they become invested in their learning. This is extremely important, because students who are invested in their education are much more likely to take it seriously. That shift in attitude then leads to fewer behavior problems and classroom management issues.
While test scores may not reflect a huge jump, because you are now teaching fractions with a smile on your face and enthusiasm in your voice, the bigger issue is how your students feel about the subject. A subject that is presented in a fun and exciting way is more likely to be remembered than one that is taught with little enthusiasm. Children enjoy seeing that their teacher is enthusiastic about the lesson, because it makes the material more fun to learn.
Does this mean you need to perform for your students each day? It may mean exactly that, especially if you are having a bad day. Leave your outside problems in the car each morning and enter the school excited about the day ahead. You may feel anything but enthusiastic about the day’s lessons, but your students do not need to know that. You will get back the enthusiasm that you put into a lesson in the form of interested, on-task, excited students. If that alone is not worth being enthusiastic about, then not much is.
Students deserve your most enthusiastic presentation of the material every single time. They deserve to know that you care about what they learn and how they learn it. Never doubt the impact that your attitude and your enthusiasm can make on a class of students. After all, if you do not seem interested in the subject you are teaching, why should your students be?