Do we need a joy reset?

6363277-reset-button-life-quotesI often kid around with everyone about using “Twittah” for sharing news about what’s happening at school.  But I must say that Twitter has truly been a blessing to me as a means for gaining new ideas, resources, and a community of like-minded educators with whom I can share.  What’s so weird about this is that I’ve never met these people in person, but I’ve come to depend on them as a source for my professional learning.  In any case, I found a blog post from one of those people whose ideas I value named Allison Apsey.   Below is her post that rang true to me and what March can often bring:

Press the Reset Button to Bring Back the Joy

“Are you feeling the joy?
This time of year sometimes patience wears thin, and we feel like students have forgotten expectations even though it is March. For teachers, the creative juices might have dried up a bit. We could all use some of the energy we had in September. You are not alone, this happens across the state, country, world.
So, what to do? Think about how you could press the reset button to refresh and re-energize yourself and your class. Here are some ideas:
  • Do relationship-building activities every day for a few weeks. Fifteen minutes of fun could go a long way.
  • Remind students of expectations in an empowering way. Have them reteach each other with quick presentations on the expectations that need revisiting. Don’t forget to have them explain the ‘why’ behind the rule.
  • Look at your lesson plans for the day and make sure there are things you are looking forward to in there. Students can read us like a book–if we are stressed and not having fun, they will mirror us.
  • Focus on how far students have come rather than the problems that pop up. Share the joys with your colleagues. They could use the lift!
  • When problems do pop up, talk over solutions with your principal or a teammate. You are not alone!

There is so much to celebrate every day. We have to dig through the other stuff to find it sometimes, but it is always there, just waiting for us to rediscover it.

How will you ‘reset’ and find the joy again?”
I particularly like the first idea to make sure you and the students are finding some fun each day.  AND I agree wholeheartedly about focusing on how far the students have come.  They certainly have grown tremendously since September.  Our team is so outstanding- I tell that to anyone who is willing to listen to me!
Don’t forget that I will teach your class so you can take some time with a colleague- give yourself the gift of time and let me know when you’d like me to come in.

twitter_bird_logo_2012Twitter Posts to Share:

Below are some excellent resources/events that I learned about through Twitter.  They are all worthy of a quick look!  You may also want to follow them all!

 NCTE @ncte

 Looking for some good read-aloud books? Jennifer LaGarde invited folks to post their favorites on this padlet.


Don’t miss out on our Spring Twitter Chat topics! Wednesday’s from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST. #TCRWP

Marilyn Burns @mburnsmath

Ever play Oh No!99!? If not, you & your Ss are in for a treat. Read about how it went w/ 2nd & 5th graders. #MTBoS

Other News

Below are excerpts from the Mohegan newsletter that was sent out to families via Grand Shelton Station

Mohegan School is a place where joy and learning co-exist. Enjoy the videos and photos below showing Mohegan Mustangs in action!

Dr. Clouet Raps to Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Clouet came to our PBIS assembly to help us celebrate with his version of Green Eggs and Ham, done to a rap beat. The students and staff joined him as he read the story.

Grade 1 Students are the “Boss” of their Reading

2nd Grade Bridge Engineers

 Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 8th- Faculty Meeting- Book Room Field Trip- 7:50 am

Friday, March 10th- Early Dismissal – PL Day-2:00-3:45 pm

  • 2:00-2:45  K-4 and Special Ed teachers-
    • Math Progressions Overview
  • 2:45-3:45 K-4 and Special Ed teachers- at Booth Hill
    • Booth Hill and Mohegan staff collaboration around math instruction
  • Special Area teachers and Related services staff see email from Lorraine Rossner for assignments

Thursday, March 16th- Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Dinner will be provided

Friday, March 17th- Early Dismissal

Monday, March 20th- Parent Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 21st- Early Dismissal

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