Monday, November 28, 2011

Homework without Headaches workshop

Our school is having a workshop tonight dedicated to 3rd and 4th grade students who want help with their homework and how to most effectively complete it without the headache!

Some of the most important points in creating a positive environment for the student are the following:

-Create an "office" for the student-a place to call their own. Have the child set it up the way THEY like it!
-Build a "tool kit" of things they will need to succeed; this may include scissors, pencils, tape, erasers, etc.
-Have a HEALTHY snack! This could be any fruits, vegetables, granola bars, yogurt, or popcorn.
-Remind the child of the ME in hoMEwork! It is their own work to do, not the parent, or teacher.
-Allow a SHORT break during homework time, to get any extra energy out. This could be 10 jumping jacks, running in place for a minute.

In order for students to be the best they can be, we need to encourage independence and give them an environment at home to do that.

I definitely encourage others to consider creating a workshop to help both parents and children with the topic of homework. It can benefit home life and school life and make the job of the parent and the student easier!

This questionnaire below might be a great way to start off your workshop to get a feel for how each student is doing with their homework.


Monday, November 14, 2011

How the national news effects a local elementary school

Every single day for the last week when I have turned on the television, the Penn State scandal continues to unfold. When I initially heard of this event, I thought of the victims, their families, and what PSU was going to do to make things right. Yet I thought little of the nation wide implications that this would have on a little elementary school in my area.
Today, I was happily mistaken; the school district sent out emails, talked with the counselors, and had a meeting to discuss the idea of mandated reporting. While we hope/think that this kind of incident at PSU would never happen, unfortunately, it does. It is crucial to have a plan of action and to let EVERYONE and ANYONE know the rules of reporting suspected/witnessed events that could be abusive. From this event that happened hundreds of miles away, an entire school district is reminded of the importance our jobs; childrens' safety must always come first. As this year continues to unfold, I look forward to seeing the connections that occur between the world outside and this small elementary school tucked away in the northeast.