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'Tis the season for creating New Year's Resolutions. The key to attaining our goals is to keep them manageable and creating goals that are reasonable. This is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your child/ren to help them reflect on all that has been accomplished thus far this school year and help to guide goal setting for the remaining six months. Help your child pick one area of focus along with benchmarks towards attaining the goal. Write it down. Hang it on the refrigerator. Revisit it regularly with your child. Have your child check off the benchmark goals as they are accomplished and celebrate when the goal has been met.
I started this with my daughter. We'll print and hang ours and revisit it throughout the year along with our Bucket List. It's not perfect but it's a start. She came up with the following New Year's Resolution:
"I want to be a better reader."
Visit the public library once a month. _Jan _Feb _March _April _May _June
Read at home 20 min every night. (checklist for teacher)
Write a story at home in my journal every week.
Having your child take ownership of their progress is the key to building lifelong learning skills.
This week we launched our Olweus Anti-Bullying Campaign. We have spoken with the children about our school rules and laid the foundation for what we hope is continued discussion through weekly Class Meetings related to treating one another with kindness and learning skills for responding to bullying appropriately. Our students are excited as they Stomp Out Bullying!
We'd like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on bullying at our school? Is this an area of concern for you as a parent? What resources might you need to help you talk with your child about bullying?
Walk into your child's classroom and you will see amazing things happening! Every day as I walk through our school I am amazed what I see....ev students working in small groups collaborating on a cross-curricular lesson using laptops in their classroom, movies being produced by students with green screen technology, to 5th graders partnering with 1st graders on their reading skills. IPods, ereaders, interactive white boards...all in the hands of our students. As we think about the world in which our children will go to college, get a job, & begin their careers, it is hard to imagine the technologies with which they will interact. We do know that the 21st century learning skills that are valued by employers and will help our children navigate a global society include collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Our teachers at EKD are laying the foundation for a successful future for your child. We will continue to learn and grow together, finding new and innovative ways to engage your child, enrich his/her educational experience, and begin building a foundation for lifelong learning.
The following article may give you a little more information about what a 21st century learning environment might look like. http://www.nea.org/home/46989.htm
How can we continue to improve our school program to meet the needs of children coming to us knowing how to navigate a digital device, knowing to go Google for the answer to a question they have?