Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stay positive!

As you all know, April will be the time for the Forward Exam, our state test.  As we continue to learn with our students, I urge you to stay positive.  The Forward Exam will take instructional time out of our days so those times that we have with our students outside of the testing time needs to be positive for our students and for you.  Can you allow students more of a chance for choice in their learning?  What new activity might you try?  How can you be a learner with your students?  Why not invite another teacher in to co-teach an activity?  Maybe you could have a guest speaker or guest student?  The ideas are truly endless.

Tuesday, April 12th              Tornado Drill  1:10
Wednesday, April 13th         Staff meeting 8:00-8:30
                                              Movenote for Forward testing instead of Student Assembly
Thursday, April 14th            Dress Your Best Day!
                                              National Junior Honor Society assembly  2:00-3:00
*Don't forget to practice for the Forward Exam

Tweets, quotes, and blogs
5 ways to create more teacher rockstars in your school (from Do you see anything in this blog that we can do together to share your awesomeness?)
"The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves."- Garth Henrichs, writer
L.E.A.D.E.R. (from Eric Sheninger- Which areas do I need to focus on for you, personally?)
"[H]e who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."- Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."- Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist
"Those who are ill informed about change will be at risk for a rough future."- James Canton, entrepreneur and writer
"Don't believe the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."- Robert Jones Burdette, humorist and clergyman
"Should-haves solve nothing.  It's the next thing to happen that needs thinking about."- Alexandra Ripley, writer
"Perfection isn't necessarily found only in publicly accepted trends.  Perfection is found in self."- Nick Thaddeus, writer

As I was on the playground one morning this week hanging out with some students, a familiar springtime joke was told.
"If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?"  Wait for it..."Pilgrims." 
Why am I telling you this?  It's a little reminder about the fun we can have with students, a chance to show a different side of us that they might not see.  Think about the last time you had a good laugh with our students.  Was it yesterday?  Was it the week before Spring Break?  Mine was yesterday during Homework Club.  Why do I mention this?  I'll tell you why.  We are the luckiest people in the world.  We get to learn with kids, and each other, every day.  Find a way to laugh today with our students or each other.  It's a great way to help stay positive.
Have a great weekend!