Thursday, September 27, 2012

Back to School

It so wonderful to see almost every single one of my students with their parent(s). After having most of my students since 1st grade, I was afraid I would have a low turn out (what else could I possibly tell them, that they haven't already heard from me more than once).

I really think that the decision, by the all the teachers, to have all the students do a social studies project to exhibit at Back to School, in order to increase parent involvement made a great difference. Parents were happily strolling the hallways looking at all the displays by the different classrooms. 5th grade decided to do a All About Me timeline. They had to include a birth picture, 3 significant events, and the last one had to be their graduation date (2024) with a picture of the college they will be graduating from. Beneath each picture they had to include a short summary of each of their pictures on an index card.


Another incentive to attend:
As a way to motivate students to try their best and put in a sincere effort, even when the going gets tough during the CST, every year I give students who receive proficient or advance in either language arts and/or math a medal. Every year the amount of students getting those scores has increased. This year was pretty pricey since so many students received advance in both areas, and I buy the medals myself (BUT it is truly worth it).

My students are truly my mighty tigers!
 Language Arts medal recipients.

Mathematics recipients.

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By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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