Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are we counting the days or making the days count?

It seems that for teachers, February and March are the longest months of the year.  The fun of winter is gone and we're just waiting for spring to really arrive.  And not just the glimpses we get once in a while.  So what do we do to bring life to March in our classroom and in our school?  We've had some awesome Friday dress up days, but those are just on Fridays.  What about the four other days of the week?  Maybe it's time to try something new.  Take a risk with your kids and invite me in, or not.  Share your ideas with one another and then share them with me, or not.  Last week, Megan and Katie told me about an idea they have and asked me if I was alright with it.  My short answer was yes, but they wanted to provide me with some rationale for why they were going to do what they were going to do.  Here's what they told me about.  Nope.  I'll let you ask them instead, but maybe they won't want to share.  It could be awesome or it could be an epic fail.  Either way, it will be great for the kids.  So let's make the days count in March instead of counting the days.  The Kids Deserve It. (from @awelcome and @TechNinjaTodd)

Monday, March 14th                 Beyond the Bake Sale book group 7PM
Tuesday, March 15th                 Spring concerts
Wednesday, March 16th            Culver's Night 4-8PM
Thursday, March 17th               Grade level meetings- discuss Forward Exam
                                                      Board meeting  7:30PM
Classroom support for next week

Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."- Mahatma Gandhi, social reformer
If Ferris Bueller Was At Our School (from @awelcome)
"Status quos are made to be broken."- Ray Davis, writer
"We aim above the mark, to hit the mark."- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
"Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor."- Brian Tracy, entrepreneur
"There is no achievement without goals."- Robert McKain, writer
"Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible."- Miguel de Unamuno, writer and philosopher
Resiliency (A fantastic 2 minute video by Mateusz)
"If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way."- Napoleon Hill, writer
"Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor."- Brian Tracy, entrepreneur
"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."- Emile Coue, psychologist
@mertonint on Twitter
#mertonint on Twitter
Merton Intermediate School Facebook page
Wednesday's assembly- Digital Citizenship
Family smore for 3.11.16

An example of allowing for student creativity, in math!

May you all have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.  Enjoy the Spring weather.  Get outside.  Take a walk.  Have a conversation with someone about anything, except school.  You deserve it.