Monday, May 20, 2013

Teacher Appreciation

WOW! What a week! Between the P.T.A., individual families, and administration, it is safe to say that I might have gained a pound or two from the wonderful week at school. Each day was something different and exciting and I feel very fortunate that I was included in the events!Here are some ideas that you can use at your school for next year!

List of Events!
New cups, breakfast, lunch and flowers!!

Pretzels, cookies, cupcakes and a great book!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Junior Achievement Day

Back in October I started investigating organizations outside of school that might be beneficial for our students. I came across Junior Achievement and was very impressed. Between October and now, we have worked together to organize about 50 volunteers from Florida Blue to visit our school and present 5 "mini" lessons to our students. They learned about their city, their region, or their nation- depending on what grade they were in. Each activity was interactive, hands-on, and tons of fun for the students.

The president of JA was able to attend, and stated it perfectly for the children's ears, "You will go home today and tell Mom and Dad that you did NO work today, but learned a lot!" This is exactly what they left with. They were able to learn about vocabulary, adult concerns in the community, and proper planning to make the most efficient city/region/nation that is possible.  Take a look at the link below and see for yourself how great of a program this is!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Field Trips

Recently,  I was able to go on the 4th and 5th grade field trip to the Jacksonville symphony! It was a wonderful performance and I was/am amazed at the talent of these individuals. It got me thinking about all the things that these 4th and 5th graders could do when they "grow up" and find their own careers.While some of them were not thrilled to be going, after seeing all the different instruments, the beautiful hall where it was held, and the level of talent, many left with smiles on their faces.

It got me thinking about exposure:

The more we show them- the more options they will know about. Whether it be a baseball game, a musical, a culinary center, or a museum, if they do not know it exists, how can they be interested?

Have you gone on any field trips that really exposed your students to something completely new and different? 

I'd love to hear about it!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May Small Groups

A visual of how many weeks are left can give better closure
Now that testing is over, teachers are much more lenient about letting kids out of class for small groups. I started 2 types of small groups. One is for social skills, the other is for positive behaviors and motivation. This is the first time I am doing a social skills group at this school, but the second round for positive behaviors.

F.I.S.H.- Living a few miles from the beach, I only found it appropriate to name a group FISH stands for  Friends Improving Social Habits. We will be working on verbal and nonverbal communication, expressing our emotions, and starting conversations with others.

P.A.W.S.- Since our schools mascot is a Bobcat and we talk about paws often, our PAWS group stands for Positive Attitudes Working in School. We will be focusing on team work, expressing our emotions, anger management, and improving self-esteem.

How many weeks are left?
During the very first session, we create rules for our group, and I explain the "check in policy". This creates accountability on their part, but also lets them know that we want them there. They are the only ones that can check themselves "in". I will be posting more about the groups as they continue, so keep checking in! Thanks for stopping by:)

with love,
your Floridian Chick