Friday, May 6, 2016

May- 20 days to make a difference

Are you making the days count or are you counting the days?  It's 12 words that can make a difference for our kids and for you.  One of my pet peeves in when I see a countdown of school days on a white board or on Twitter.
What message does that really send?  Changing the message about the final days of school will have an impact on student engagement and behavior.  If you want to  have a sign in your classroom, why not try this one? (I made this in Google Drawings.  If you'd like a copy, let me know.)
Wednesday, May 11th     Final RtI Wednesday 8:00-9:15
                                           PTO provides lunch for all!
The focus of my student assembly on Wednesday, May 11th.
Friday, May 13th             Fire drill by Merton Fire Department (time unknown)
                                           PTO provides desserts for all

PLC Conference
I'm looking for anyone interested in attending a PLC conference August 17-19 this summer.  Here is a link toThis is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Professional Learning Communities and the ways that we can bring this structure to our school and district.  If you have an interest, please see me by Monday of next week.  Don't be surprised if I stop by to talk to you about joining me.

Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it."- Ray Davis, writer
Try: A Little Word Becomes a Big Gift (from Edutopia)
"The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented."- Dennis Gabor, electrical engineer and physicist

10 Teaching Strategies for Amazing Learning in May (from Hack Learning)
"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success."- Henry David Thoreau, writer
9 Things We Learned About Teacher Appreciation (from
(from Pinterest)
"It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome.  That's what defines your career."- Carlton Fisk, baseball player
"Change means that what was before wasn't perfect.  People want things to be better."- Esther Dyson, journalist

"Getting the right people in the right jobs is a lot more important than developing a strategy."- Jack Welch, business executive
"Achieving success is a challenge, but so is struggling, so you may as well choose success."- Rob Liano, writer and consultant.
"Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality."- Les Brown, motivational speaker
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Merton Intermediate Facebook page
Family smore for 5.6.16.

Scholastic Book Fair link (May 25th-27th)
There is a coupon code to enter.  Times are from 11AM-7PM at the Holiday Inn Pewaukee.

On Monday, July 11th, EdCampLeader will be happening in Sun Prairie, WI.  I know what you're thinking.  It's a Monday in July.  Why would I want to go to Sun Prairie and be inside all day?  Well, I checked with John Malan and he said it was going to rain all day on Monday, July 11th.  It is also an opportunity to connect with like minded educators as well as those who are not like minded.  You can stretch and learn.  The only thing it will cost you is gas money.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.  And there are door prizes, too.  Here is a link to registration.  If you have any questions, ask me!  You don't need to have a title to be a leader.  You are all leaders!

Thanks for a great week.  I enjoyed seeing all of you dressed up and having fun with the kids and each other.  Next week, the PTO and Merton families will be recognizing you and all that you do for our kids and our schools.  Enjoy the weekend, have a great Mother's Day, and get in some down time.  I know you'll be back on Monday, ready to make the days count for the kids.
Take care of the kids.  Take care of each other.  Take care of yourself.- John Gunnell