Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five for Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm linking up with Kasey @ Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly linky Five for Friday.

I had this post almost finished and then I completely lost it...here goes again.

Shopping!!!

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! ;)  




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12 comments:

  1. Many of our elementary schools do Leader in Me and LOVE it! The parents can't say enough good things about it too! It is a lot of work but totally worth it in the end. I can't say enough good things about it. I wish I could do it in my classroom but it just doesn't work in preschool. Good luck on your journey!
    www.pocketofpreschool.blogspot.com

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    1. Good to hear Jackie! Our pre-k teacher is planning on doing it too. She seemed to think it could work, but I really know nothing about it, so we'll see.

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  2. I've heard of Stephen Covey, but not The Leader in Me. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for sharing! I’m gearing up for a big giveaway on my blog on August 11 - come stop by so you don’t miss it!!
    Sarah
    Beyond The Gradebook

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    1. I hadn't heard of it either Sarah. the principal bought books for everyone last year, but I'm new to the school. I have a copy ordered and it should be here soon.

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  3. I love that perfect day sign - I may need to have something like that displayed in my room. A very important message!
    Growing Little Learners

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    1. Thanks! I think I might need the sign for me as much as the kids. LOL

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  4. Hi Kelly, you know I just posted about how I decided to use owls and birdies as my classroom theme this year? Great minds :)

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    1. Adriana, I love owls and birdies too. I'm not sure if I am going to be able to a theme, changing districts is tough on the pocketbook. I definitely want to paint, hopefully, I'll get that done! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your experience at the doc's. That stuff scares me, too!

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  6. A school of leaders sounds like the kind of school I'd want to be at. Great vision!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. It sounded very positive. All children if they aren't great academically will be a leader in something they are good at. I'll keep you up to date on how it is working.

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  7. I got Little Critter a week ago. Love him!
    Alyce

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