Saturday, May 23, 2015

We all have a Sammy...

There is something about the month of May in a classroom/school.  When I look back most of my major challenges occurred in May.  Why is Day number 160+ so much different than Day 5?

I have a theory...patience (and maybe a touch of Hope).

I recently took ten minutes to watch this Ted Talk by Deanna LeBlanc.


Who is your Sammy?  When I listen to Deanna's Ted Talk I think of all my Sammy's, I think of the student that is on my last nerve.  The student that I have redirected thousands of times.  The student that lashes out for no reason.  The student that has seemingly given up.  

So here is the challenge, as we hit the final stretch and we are all showing signs of fatigue, how do we give more?    

A couple days ago I saw one of my former student's brothers at a gas station.  He had his toddler with him and I'm pretty sure he didn't even notice me.  But I noticed him.  I didn't ask about Michael, I already knew.  I knew that a few years ago Michael was in a car accident and passed away.  Michael was in my first ever classroom.  I still think of Michael, I still remember him climbing out my classroom window. I remember him chasing the train at Greenfield Village.  I remember him trying to be the class clown on a daily basis.  I remember redirecting him time after time after time.  I remember my patience wearing thin.

And I still wish I could go back and have a moment to tell him he matters to me.  

For many of you your opportunity with this group of students is nearly over.  I know that you have given your heart and soul to your kids.  I leave you with two thoughts - 

1)  Stay patient

2)  Cherish the moments, when it is all said and done it won't be about the test score, it won't be about the grade.  



NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, May 25th:  Happy Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26th:  AM Fire Drill
Tuesday, May 26th:  3rd Grade M-Step Makeups
Wednesday, May 27th:  K-2 Assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, May 27th:  10am 5th grade to the Middle School for Move-Up Day
Thursday, May 28th:  Grades 1-5 Field Day at SAU
Thursday, May 28th:  Patti's Retirement Celebration after school
Friday, May 29th:  IEP's in the AM


Articles Worth Reading:

Homework: An Unnecessary Evil? by Valerie Strauss











Videos Worth Watching:

Clarinet Scene from Mr. Holland's Opus (7 min)

 


Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx (8 min)



Never Walk Alone... (14 min)





Sunday, May 17, 2015

Summer Celebration?

If you take a walk outside you quickly realize summer is right around the corner.  Just the other day as I was enjoying a run my senses were in overload.  This is what I could see, smell and hear:

Birds chirping...
Lawn Mowers in high gear...
Smoke billowing off the grill...
The crack of the bat at a ball game...

As a youngster I relished summer vacation.  I spent many hours caddying, playing golf and simply being outdoors.  To me there was nothing better than getting up around 6:30am, brushing my teeth and walking across the street to play.  The peace and quiet of 9 holes at daybreak was the ideal beginning to the day. 

That was my summer.  My friends and I couldn't wait for summer vacation to begin. In fact the weeks leading up to summer were often the most difficult.  We just wanted our FREEDOM!  

Over the years I've come to learn that not all of our kids have this perspective on summer.  Just this week a student approached me in the morning and asked, "Mr. Gilpin, how many more days of school do we have?"  I responded with, "Hmmm. I'm not exactly sure.  Something around 20, I think."  

Her response caught me off guard, she said, "I don't want it to be summer.  Can't you make it so we stay here all year?"  I honestly chuckled at her comment, but then I looked at her and she wasn't smiling.  She was dead serious!

I truly believed most kids had a eupeptic nature when it came to summer vacation.  Was I wrong?

After talking with her for a moment and touching base with her teacher later that day I began to see the big picture reality for this young lady.  She was headed to uncertainty.  Who would take care of her?  Who would cook for her?  Would anyone spend time with her?  

I also believe she was going to dearly miss her teacher and classmates.  

You may have students acting out, pushing away or withdrawing.  Now is the time to refocus on relationships.  If you have a student acting out, is it their way of making the goodbye easier?  Our kids need the patience, consistency and care, now, more than ever.  The uncertainty of summer isn't always something to celebrate.

This Week's Big Question:  When the year ends, is it goodbye or I can't wait to see you again?

NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, May 18th:  4th Grade singing the National Anthem at the Toledo Mud Hens 6:30pm
Monday, May 18th:  Fire Drill AM
Monday, May 18th:  3rd Grade M-Step
Tuesday, May 19th:  TEAM Meeting 9am
Tuesday, May 19th:  4pm Final Boy/Girl Quest Night at Bean Elementary
Wednesday, May 20th:  Grades 3-5 Assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, May 20th:  3rd and 4th grade Standard Based Report Card Meeting in Board Room
Thursday, May 21st:  Anne & Jeff visit the 5th grade at 2:45pm
Thursday, May 21st:  CP Federal Credit Union 2pm
Thursday, May 21st:  After School Art
Friday, May 22nd:  Fire Drill PM
Friday, May 22nd:  8am Staff Meeting
Friday, May 22nd:  Mrs. Holton Field Trip
Sunday, May 24th:  Happy BDay Pat Rouse

Articles Worth Reading:

Enough @TechNinjaTodd

Thank You, Cancer @HuffingtonPost

Not All Students Look Forward to Summer

The Characteristics of a Good School @TeachThought

Summer Slide @stumpteacher

12 Rules of Great Teaching @TeachThought

Speechless @Jonharper70bd

Rookie of the Year @GenieneD

Eight Ways To Keep Informational Texts Engaging @SpencerIdeas


Videos Worth Watching:

Cat gets a Brain Freeze! (30 secs)



Know or Go on @TheEllenShow  (6 min)



Egg Shell Dryer scene from Modern Family!  Hilarious! (2 min)



Where Good Ideas Come From (18 min)







Sunday, May 10, 2015

Call for Consistency

"You cannot control what happens to you,
but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you,
and in that,
you will be mastering change
rather that allowing it to master you."
- Brian Tracy

Recently I met with a student and we discussed why he has been a frequent visitor to the office.  The response got me thinking...

He said, "Mr. Gilpin, I've been doing the same thing all year, but now I get in trouble for it."

Hmmmm.  He wasn't completely owning his actions, but he had me thinking.  Had he changed or had the expectations changed?  

What I have discovered is over the course of days, months and years it is quite normal for people to expect more.  Basically our expectations increase over time.  But do we communicate this to our students/staff?

Years ago as an elementary education major I had a professor that stressed to us the importance of beginning the year very strict.  This professor told us it was always easier to lighten up later, rather than try and get back a class you've lost.

These words have stuck with me, but I also knew my own personal style and I had to be true to myself.  What I've always tried to pride myself in is consistency.  It has always been about these main factors - 

  • Attitude - We can't choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react.
  • Disposition - Body Language and the way you carry yourself matter.  Remember the famous saying, "Never let 'em see you sweat!"
  • Communication - If a student is beginning to go sideways, stay away from the phone call or parent meeting where you have a laundry list of things the child did wrong.  Be specific and reach out to parents just as though it was November.
  • Routine - Back in the days of my own classroom I always had a visual schedule on the board. To our kids the end of the year brings uncertainty and excitement.  If we can provide stability and structure we are putting our students in a spot to succeed.
  • Follow Through - I come from a place where your word is your most important possession.  As an educator if I said I was going to do it, I did it.
  • Relationships - I found that I had more classroom meetings in May than I did in November. We often would discuss friendships, effort, attitude and finishing strong.  
We are now in the closing stretch of our school year.  I urge you to finish stronger than you started. Now is the time to rise above, show patience, be compassionate and end the year with a positive impression to all of your students and families.

NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, May 11th:  Today marks the beginning of Transportation Week 
Monday, May 11th:  3rd Grade Begins M-Step
Monday, May 11th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Tuesday, May 12th:  9am Admin Meeting
Tuesday, May 12th:  Panther Pride Luncheon
Tuesday, May 12th:  Incoming KDG Observations in the PM
Wednesday, May 13th:  K-2 Assembly at 8:45am
Thursday, May 14th:  Breanna Davey BDay
Thursday, May 14th:  4pm After School Art Club
Thursday, May 14th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Friday, May 15th:  AM incoming KDG IEP's
Saturday, May 16th:  10am Boy/Girl Quest Spirit Run 5K at Parkside

*  Once again our Intervention Specialists will be assisting 3rd grade with the M-Step.  Please plan accordingly.

Articles Worth Reading:



Preparing for the Season @Fearless_Teach

Modern Learning Questions @PrincipalHowell





Videos Worth Watching:

Dedication Game (15 min)




Ellen's Prom Friends Go To Prom (2 min)



Jimmy Fallon Thank You Notes (4 min)



Social Media Experiment... (3 min)



The education revolution and our global future (13 min)




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Appreciation That Lasts

"Gratitude is one of the most important human virtues
and one of the most common human deficiencies.
Gratitude does not develop without effort."
- Dieter Uchtdorf

How often do we cherish the moment?  Do we tell people how much they mean to us?  

Throughout my school career I enjoyed several caring and wonderful teachers.  I also had my fair share of teachers that I simply didn't connect with.  Looking back one teacher made an impact with me as a student & teacher.

As a fifth grade student I was placed in the room of Mrs. Janice Wetters.  I had several friends in the room and at that time fifth grade was part of the Middle School.  It was a Whole New World.  When I think back to my fifth grade year several memories pop into my head.  

It was the first time in my life I held a girl's hand!  I learned how to divide triple-digit numbers.  I really got excited about science, and I found a true appreciation for consistency.

As I look back what I remember the most about fifth grade is that Mrs. Wetters was predictable, consistent and reliable.  I never remember her missing a day of school.  I always knew that she would treat everyone the same, and each school day was filled with routine and procedure.  In the moment I likely thought fifth grade was boring, but thinking back I appreciate what my teacher put in place. My memories of fifth grade will be forever positive.

But isn't that how it always works?  We don't truly appreciate what we have until time has passed.

Years later I landed my first teaching job.  It was exciting and odd at the same time.  The excitement came from actually having my own classroom.  It was truly a dream come true.  The oddness was that I was teaching in the district that I attended as a student.  The story doesn't end there...my mentor teacher was Mrs. Janice Wetters.  What are the odds?  I remember thinking multiple times that year that some of my colleagues treated me as a professional and others seemed to still think of me as a student.  

Those early years I often felt as though I needed to prove myself.  I think Janice recognized this. From time to time she would wander across the hall and check in on me.  We would talk curriculum and she would ask me about things I was doing in my classroom.  Her feedback was always positive, and she often times asked for my assistance.  I now know what she was up to.  Janice was encouraging me through our interactions.  She was allowing me to share.  Over time our conversations began to shift my thinking from, "Do I belong?"  to "I do belong."

For 7+ years I taught with Janice.  I remember trying to get her to use technology.  I remember laughing at her when she started a fire in her room.  I remember her constant support and ability to keep our entire team on track.  Janice was always the calm, consistent voice of reason.  After she retired I began to miss Janice more than I ever thought I would.  What I missed was the consistency and reliability.  Whether it was me in fifth grade as a student or a teacher you knew exactly what you were getting with her.

Years passed and I got word that Janice was sick.  Last year she passed away and I still remember seeing her in the weeks leading up to her passing.  We bumped into each other outside the bank.  She smiled and patted me on the arm.  She was embarrassed that I was seeing her with a bandanna on her head.  She talked about beating the disease and working with teachers in Jackson County on the new science standards.  Janice didn't want the focus to be on her, it was always about others.

That was the last time I saw Janice alive.  At no point did I ever think she wasn't going to beat the disease.  Janice was larger than life.  She was a constant, a reliable friend and colleague.  Her reach will last for years.  The world has one less amazing teacher, but that doesn't mean we won't remember what she taught us.  My appreciation will last forever. 

We don't teach for money, we don't teach for the accolades, we don't teach for the pats on the back. We teach because we have a passion for kids and a desire to make the world a better place. Mrs. Janice Wetters made an impact on me that will last the rest of my life.  I hope she looks down from Heaven and knows that I'm grateful.  

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, I encourage you to show gratitude towards someone that has helped shape you as a person and as an educator.  


NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, May 4th:  Staff Appreciation Week!
Monday, May 4th:  Spanish Rotation begins at Warner
Monday, May 4th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Monday, May 4th:  4th Grade M-Step Testing
Monday, May 4th:  Transition IEP's for incoming students (AM)
Tuesday, May 5th:  Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday, May 5th:  4th Grade M-Step Testing continued
Tuesday, May 5th:  Transition Observations for Incoming KDG's
Wednesday, May 6th:  Walk/Bike to School Day (drop-off at the Spring Arbor Fire Station)
Wednesday, May 6th:  Grades 3-5 Assembly with SAU Track & Field Team
Wednesday, May 6th:  6pm Top Teacher Dinner at Ella Sharp Park
Thursday, May 7th:  4th grade Jackson Business Tour Field Trip
Thursday, May 7th:  1:15pm Crisis Response Meeting
Thursday, May 7th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Friday, May 8th:  No Staff Meeting
Friday, May 8th:  5th Grade to Chicago

  • Staff, our PTO and wonderful Warner parents are providing lunch each day this week!  
  • Happy Staff Appreciation Week



Articles Worth Reading:


The Nest @GenieneD

Little Things @TonySinanis

Top of the World @jon_wennstrom

Student Showcase @Jeff_Zoul







Videos Worth Watching:

Ryan's Hope (11 min)



Ellen Take the Wheel... (2 min)



Starbucks' New S'More Frappuccino by Ellen (2 min)



The World Needs All Kinds of Minds - Temple Grandin (19 min)


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Visible Growth

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy,
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."
-Art Williams

Last July our family went on vacation through the Midwest.  One of our stops took us to Bettendorf, Iowa to visit good friend Jimmy Casas.  Jimmy got us tickets to the John Deere Classic and enjoyed tons of delicious food!  But this story is more about the journey.  We were preparing to embark on our road trip, I was packing different odds and ends for the car ride.  Just before it was time to go I decided to throw in a baseball and mitt. My two boys at the time had zero interest in baseball and truth be told, couldn't name one major league player.  

Troy (9 years old at the time), noticed the baseball and glove.  We stopped a couple times on the way and each time he wanted to play catch.  You can probably imagine how this went, he threw the ball fine, but catching it was a different story.  I chuckle reflecting on this, he tried putting the glove on his right hand.  He even had to ask for help in how to put the glove on.  He simply didn't know any better.  

We finally arrived in Iowa and when you are a young man the first thing you want to do is release your energy!  My two decided to climb the pillars outside the hotel and then we made our way to the grass field on the side of the hotel. We played for 10-15 minutes and I still saw a very raw young man that didn't have an understanding of the fundamentals. 

Later in the evening we went to dinner and then grabbed dessert with Jimmy Casas, Tom Whitford, Leah Whitford and family.  As we all enjoyed our Whitey's Ice Cream (side note...delicious!!!!) Troy just wanted to play. The area was surrounded by blacktop and I motioned for him to walk out about 50 yards.  At this point we kicked a soccer ball and played catch for nearly an hour.  But at one point Jimmy went out and gave Troy some tips.  Within a couple throws he was showing improvement.  He was still raw...but you could see a potential just under the surface.

When we go out and play catch we still talk about the tips Jimmy gave Troy.

Fast forward 9+ months.  Troy is now 10 years old and this is his first year playing baseball on a team.  I have a chance to watch him and help him almost every day and what I saw as a very raw 9 year old is now a quickly improving 10 year old.  Just last night his coach put him on the mound to be the first pitcher. He and I had worked on a few things and I knew he could do it, but I was still pretty proud to see how far he has come.

How does this relate to education?

Nine months ago you welcomed students into your room.  Some were probably shy, timid or even unsure of what to expect.  But what many of you saw was opportunity and potential.  We're now entering the final stretch of school and if you think back to what students looked like in September and what they have become I bet you are very proud.  Think about what was difficult in the beginning, maybe your kindergarten students couldn't write their name.  Maybe your third graders could only add & subtract.  Maybe your students had never read a chapter book.  When we step back and look at the growth that takes place over the whole year it is substantial.

When I reflect on my days in the classroom the one thing that I'll never forget is seeing the visible growth of my students.  Those moments that made me proud to be an educator.

If you are noticing Spring Fever in your room,  I encourage you to look back and reflect on what your kids looked like and accomplished in September.  I bet you'll feel a strong sense of pride seeing how far they've come.


NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, April 27th:  3:45pm String Team
Monday, April 27th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Monday, April 27th:  KDG Round-up
Monday, April 27th:  4th begins M-Step testing
Tuesday, April 28th:  9am Admin Meeting
Tuesday, April 28th:  KDG Round-Up
Wednesday, April 29th:  Grades K-2 Assembly
Wednesday, April 29th:  KDG Round-Up
Wednesday, April 29th:  3:45 String Team
Thursday, April 30th:  CP Federal Credit Union at 2pm
Thursday, April 30th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest 
Thursday, April 30th:  KDG Round-Up
Friday, May 1st:  Library Closed for StoryFest Visit
Friday, May 1st:  StoryFest grades K-2
Friday, May 1st:  4pm-7pm Warner Fun Night

*  Teachers please be aware that our Intervention Specialists will be assisting with M-Step on Monday and Tuesday morning.  Please plan accordingly.


Articles Worth Reading:

Colorado Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes from 3rd graders @kylemschwartz

What I wish I could tell them about teaching in a Title I school @loveteachblog

Professional Development at a Crossroads @curriculumblog

Let's Celebrate Great Things In Education @thomascmurray

Understand Your Impact @danpbutler

Many residents unaware of changes in education... @Larryferlazzo

Research says: We Think Better on Our Feet! shared by @mikeparent

What Having Twins Taught Me About Teaching @pernilleripp

60 Tiny Love Stories To Make You Smile @marcandangel


Videos Worth Watching:

Ellen surprises Walk of Fame tourists! (5 min)



Daily Show with John Stewart - FRAUD CITY (7 min)



Liam the Fist Bump Kid Trailer! (1 min)



Fist Bump Kid...full video (12 min)



Life is your talents discovered by Sir Ken Robinson (10 min)



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Taking the Opportunity

"Take advantage of every opportunity to 
practice your communication skills
so that when important occasions arise,
you will have the gift,
the style,
the sharpness, 
the clarity, 
and the emotions 
to affect other people."
- Jim Rohn

Can you feel it?  The excitement is in the air.  So many of our families are preparing for the next school year.  Yes, we still have approximately forty days of school, but we also have kindergarten round-up and the window has opened for families to request for the 2015-2016 school year.

Just last week at our Parent Information Meeting I was stopped by a few parents.  The couple was very pleasant and inquisitive.  They introduced themselves and then asked me which elementary building in the Western District was the best.  I chuckled, told them that was a loaded question and then proceeded to explain that all three elementary schools are truly fantastic.  I shared our district top teacher numbers, our common programs and the tremendous partnership that we have between buildings and in the community.  

And then they asked it...

The couple then asked the question that opened a Pandora's box!  They asked where they could go online and compare the schools' test data.

(Here was my opportunity, and I was going to take it!)

I respectfully began with a bit of information and shared our district website.  I then spoke to them as a parent and an educator.  I let them know that standardized test data is an extremely small piece of information.  Testing typically lasts just a few days.  Then I shared a handful of points that parents could/should look at when looking at schools.  

1)  Location.  Is the school in a safe area?  Will transportation be manageable for your family?  Schools and Real Estate are different, but in both Location does matter.  The hope is that you are close enough to be involved in activities that take place at your child's school.  Ultimately, you want the school to be safe and secure.

2)  Focus on your child.  Does your child have specific needs?  Does your child need extra support?  I often get asked about accelerated programs and about programs designed for the individual.  The best advice I can give is for families to take a tour and check out the school with their own eyes.  Talk to teachers and administrators about learning programs and philosophies.  

3)  Communication.  Parents should look at the schools website.  Has the site been updated?  Is it easy to navigate?  Parents should also inquire about a School Facebook page, School Twitter account, Professional Blogs for parents to read, frequency of parent/teacher conferences and ways that teachers communicate with parents.  

4)  Approach to Learning.  In the year 2015 it is time for schools to not only tell, but also show parents ways students are learning.  Are schools using technology?  Is the curriculum a canned product?  Do teachers provide choice in daily learning?  Do students learn by play, by doing and through experiences?  Learning looks different than it did ten or twenty years ago.  Has the school moved forward over time?  These are important questions for parents to ask.

5)  Facilities.  In this day and age is wireless access provided?  Do you consider the school to be clean?  Upon entering, what is the procedure for entering the school?  Over the years I have discovered that some parents care a great deal about facilities and to others it is secondary.  I have had parents comment on the playground and gym and others focus more on the library.  It's always an eye opener to hear the multitude of questions parents may ask.

6)  Culture.  Have you talked to other parents that have children attending the school?  What do they have to say about the school?  The staff?  The intangibles?  Does the school have extracurricular activities?  Clubs?  Sports?  Student-Led programs?  How does the school "feel" when you enter? Does the school feel student-centered?  When talking to the teachers or principal, can they share student-centered projects or activities?  

To be fair, I shared these points quickly with the parents.  I didn't monopolize their time, but I did want to make sure they understood that a school is much more than a test score.  As we began to finish up, the same parents asked for a packet of homework to work on with their incoming kindergarten student.  I smiled and told them to focus on three things:  1)  Does your child know their phone number and address?  2)  Read to your child and practice the ABC's.  3)  Be Present!  Give your child experiences.  Take them fishing.  Go for a bike ride. Plan a zoo trip.  Your child will benefit greatly by participating in as many experiences as possible.

I share this story for a specific reason.  

Be Ready!

Be ready to have conversations with parents.  Be ready to share what makes your school special.  

Never miss the opportunity to share something great about your school.  You never know what the impact may be.

This Week's Big Question:  What would you add or subtract from my above list?



NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, April 20th:  3:45pm String Team
Monday, April 20th:  4pm  Boy/Girl Quest
Tuesday, April 21st:  TEAM Meeting 9am
Wednesday, April 22nd:  Caleb (Principal for the Day)
Wednesday, April 22nd:  Grades 3-5 Assembly at 8:45am (Young American Visit)
Wednesday, April 22nd:  Middle School Transition Meetings
Wednesday, April 22nd:  Fire Drill PM
Wednesday, April 22nd:  3:45pm String Team
Thursday, April 23rd:  2nd Grade to Air Zoo
Thursday, April 23rd:  CP Federal Credit Union 2pm
Thursday, April 23rd:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Friday, April 23rd:  8am Staff Meeting in Mrs. Kline's classroom

Articles Worth Reading:

From "I Don't Know" to... @Joesanfelippofc

Fix? @Jonharper70bd








Videos Worth Watching:

Goosebumps... (2 min)



Teacher gets a BIG surprise... (4 min)



Forget What You Know (18 min)



Hillary spoof on SNL (5 min)







Sunday, April 12, 2015

How much do I understand?

Last week I listened to the new podcast, #BACKCHANNELedu that focused on Native American life on the reservation.  This was the 6th episode and while listening I couldn't help but think, this is a world I simply cannot fathom.  

I dug deeper and read an article that was in the New York Times, Indian Reservation Reeling....  

After reading the article and listening to the podcast I felt extremely naive.  In some weird way I could relate it to reading an article in Runner's World.  The magazine occasionally talks about races that take place on a mountain.  In my mind I often say, I could do that!  But really, who am I kidding. A mountain!  The reality is that a mountain race would kick my butt.  I'd probably be reduced to walking at some point.  

The comparison for me is in the belief that we are all equal.  Don't get me wrong, it's the right thing to say...We Are All Equal.  But the truth is, we aren't.  I listen to the podcast and read the article and I realize life on a reservation is something beyond my comprehension.  I choose to be kind, I choose to listen and I sympathize.  But frankly, this isn't easy for me to empathize.  This is a world I simply don't fully understand.

And so, I relate this to our own students.  Just last week I talked with a young man that seems to be on the precipice of spiraling out of control.  I listened to his story and I could hear his anger.  I spoke with the young man's parent and we will be meeting this week.  It's tough to completely understand some of the home dynamics our kids go home to.  

I think many of our kids realize, We Aren't All Equal.  Our kids see it and hear it each day.  They see their friends going on elaborate trips, they hear their peers talk about experiences they've never done. They notice the clothes and the stuff classmates have.

This all makes me believe that the real issues are poverty and cultural diversity.

As educators it is so easy to be frustrated with our students behaviors, it's easy to simply discipline. We all lose patience from time to time.  

This week I had my perspective challenged.  Once again, I discovered I have a lot to learn.  

Most of the time we feel very comfortable in our safe and secure surroundings.  

When was the last time you expanded your perspective?  



NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, April 13th:  PM Lockdown
Monday, April 13th:  3:45 String Team
Monday, April 13th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Monday, April 13th:  5th grade M-Step begins
Monday, April 13th:  Author Visit (Leisl Shirtliff)
Tuesday, April 14th:  Admin Meeting 9am
Tuesday, April 14th:  5th grade M-Step
Tuesday, April 14th:  3rd grade trip to Ella Sharp Park
Tuesday, April 14th:  PTO Meeting 7pm
Wednesday, April 15th:  8:45am grades K-2 assembly
Wednesday, April 15th:  Grades 3/4 Standard Based Grading meeting
Wednesday, April 15th:  3:45 String Team
Thursday, April 16th:  5th grade M-Step
Thursday, April 16th:  3rd grade to Ella Sharp Park
Thursday, April 16th:  4pm Boy/Girl Quest
Thursday, April 16th:  Statewide Tornado Drill Day 
Friday, April 17th:  3rd grade trip to Ella Sharp Park


Articles Worth Reading:




Cover to Cover @Vroom6




Videos Worth Watching:

Floating Ellen? (7 min)



Kevin James explains how to put kids to bed. (2 min)




Jaydin Goldstein's Remarkable Day (10 min)



One More Reason To Get A Good Night's Sleep (11 min)