I had this post almost finished and then I completely lost it...here goes again.
I went shopping with Delaney the other day and found these. Can you tell I love owls? They came from Catos...I love that place!
Later I was at Hobby Lobby and found this picture I thought I would use in my classroom. I thought it would be a good reminder that they can make their day what they want it to be. The only problem is, I like it so much, I want to keep it for home. Hahaha
Thanks Kohls Care for these cute Little Critter and Little Sister! Delaney loved these books when she was younger.
On Wednesday, my new principal had a Visionary Meeting, it wasn't mandatory for you to go, but I thought it would be a good way to meet some of the staff. she wanted us to discuss what the school's vision should be. She went to a presentation this summer based on Stephen Covey's book The Leader in Me.
She was very excited to share what she had learned and wanted to see if the staff would be on board to adopting ideas from The Leader in Me and The Seven Habits of Happy Kids. Her enthusiasm was infectious every one in attendance was on board! So we are going to work to make every student a leader in our school. We are going to start slowly this year while the staff is being trained and then try to go full force next year.
The other big thing that was discussed at the meeting was E and I, yeah, I didn't know what it was either. It stands for Extension and Intervention. The students that need intervention will go to reading or math intervention the other students will get to go to Extension. It will be sort of like a middle school student choosing an elective. So every teacher( including music, PE, speech, etc...) and even the counselor and principal will teach either E or I. The principal would like the class to be 15-17 students. All the teachers are supposed to pick something they like for their Extension class, things like gardening, baking, knitting, painting, Spanish, etc... The first session will be September through November, each teacher will have 2 months of Extension and 1 month of Intervention. It will be three days a week from 9:00 to 9:30. The other two days it will be DEAR time. After one month, the students in Extension will change their "elective". We will be using the Star reading and math test to see who needs to be in Intervention. They will stay in Intervention until there scores go up. To get us out of our comfort zone, the k-2 teachers will teach the 3-5 students during the second session (January through March) and the 3-5 teachers will teach the k-2 students (K-2 is my comfort zone so that will be a piece of cake!). I hope I explained it so it makes sense. All the teachers were very excited, I'm still trying to decide what my Extensions will be. I'll come up with one and ask Delaney if she thinks 5th grade boys would like it, so far she has axed all of my ideas...but I'm still thinking! ;)