Friday, October 16, 2015

What are your circumstances?

As I've been training staff in CPI techniques, one thing keeps popping into my head- precipitating factors.  If you've taken our CPI course, you know what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, here's the definition of precipitating factors- Internal or external factors over which we have no control.  What does this have to do with the above message?  Our students have things that they must deal with every day that we know nothing about.  They come to school every day anyway with a smile upon their face because of you.  They know that you will treat them with respect and love and care and almost always give them a clean slate.  Our students exemplify the statement above each and every day.  With that said, how many of you know the precipitating factors of your students, or your colleagues, or yourself?  Think about that and then figure out, on your own, what you can do to find out these precipitating factors.  Knowing these factors will make every day better for you and your students.

Calendar
Monday, October 19th                          CPI training 4:15-5:15
Tuesday, October 20th                          CPI training 7:30-8:30
                                                                Practice 4:15-5:15
Wednesday, October 21st                     403b meeting 7:45-8:30
                                                                A-team meeting 1:30-3:30
                                                                Culver's Night 4:00-8:00 (Anybody want to serve with me?)
Thursday, October 22nd                        No school
Friday, October 23rd                             No school

Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses."- Ellen Key
"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself."- Elie Wiesel, writer and activist
Think about this next Monday!
"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."- Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."- Babe Ruth, baseball player
"If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more.  If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough."- Oprah Winfrey, media personality, businesswoman, and philanthropist
7 must watch teacher Chromebook videos (shared by Matt Pomeroy)
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."- Colin Powell, military leader and statesman

PTO grant requests
Here is the link to staff PTO grants.  Remember, the deadline is October 23rd!  It's easy to complete the grant and well worth your time.

ADHD resource
So here is another reason to be connected on Twitter, Voxer, and in person.  My good friend, Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis) shared this with his PLN in an email and I just had to share it with you.  I was actually encouraged to share it by Lindsay and Holly after they read it.  It's a smore with some great information.
Enjoy!

Digital Citizenship Week
Digital Citizenship Week is October 18thh-24th.  Here are some Digital Citizenship Week resources.  Thanks to @TonySinanis who shared this with his PLN so I thought I'd share it with you, too.


Transition discussion
Thank you for your honest discussions, suggestions, and commendations for one another.  Now let's not forget about this!  I can see this becoming an important part of a staff meeting, as a reminder, after Spring Break.  If you have any other suggestions, don't hesitate to add them to the google doc found here.

I hope that you have a great Friday.  I'll be at What Great Educators Do Differently with Brian K., Carey, and Holly.  I"m sure we'll have some great things to share when we return.  Please send or tweet some pictures (#mertonint) so that I can see you and the kids in action.
If you need something, call or email Ron as he is filling in for me.
Have a great weekend, and stay warm!
Jay