Sunday, April 26, 2015

Celebrating Admins

 Happy Admin Day! This past Wednesday we managed to get some of the busiest people in the entire building into ONE room for a FULL hour! To be honest, I'm shocked it actually happened but what a great hour it was!  Administration provided lunch, dessert and a little present to the wonderful people in the front office and clerks around the school who help our building stay afloat each day.  I incorporated a little guidance into this wonderful lunch by playing a game where each person drew a question from a hat and answered it.  Some of the questions included:
conference room decorated
  • What is the hardest part about your job?
  •  If you had to have another job in the building, what would it be? 
  • What is one thing people might not know about you?
  • Present from our Principal!
  •  what career did you want to be when you where in elementary school?

So silly, but it started some good (and hilarious) conversation. My principal is very good at making people feel accepted and needed, and I was thankful that I got to be a small part of it.

With lots of love for help,
Your Floridian Chick!

Nom, Nom, Nom:)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yoga + counseling

I love when I meet someone and am immediately impressed by their poise, leadership skills, and authenticity. The trainer at the Trauma Informed Yoga was all this and more. She shared great information about the benefits of yoga and how to actually implement it at our school.

Here are some of her hand outs shown below. What I love about a good training is when I can actually TAKE something away with me when I go- and I'm not talking about paperwork. I took away tangible lessons on what to do in a yoga group, the postures, the movements, the names, and then the research behind it that proves it can be effective. 

I am thinking of incorporating yoga into its own small group. Right now, I use yoga at the end of small groups and we do one or two positions (stances, movement-what are they called yogis?), but to have an entire small group dedicated to yoga could lead to more calmness in the students, coping skills, and more control of their actions.  The trainer also talked about "journal-ing" after which I LOVE personally and professionally to do.
I hope this channels your inner yogi to drop a mat, and get your students to yoga with YA! If you aren't sure how powerful yoga is, check here:)  to see for yourself!  A HUGE thank you for The Children's Commission of Jacksonville for allowing us to visit- I will definitely be back soon!

Namaste (see what I did  there?!),

Your (more relaxed) Floridian chick

Monday, April 13, 2015

Building teacher self-esteem

Outside my principals office is this board you see to the right.  She created it to show off great things that are happening all over our school. I have loved seeing teachers reactions as they see their work presented- almost like students! There 2 major results that come from this little board: 1. It shines light on great things that teachers are doing. 2. It builds self esteem in teachers, because after all, they need it too!

 I think it's interesting that it is coming from the principals perspective. This sheds a lot of light on what is important to her- clearly the teachers self esteem, but also that she is proud of what she is helping to foster here at school each day. If this board had come from me/ the school counselor, I think it would mean something different to the teachers. When it comes from the princiapl- AKA THE BOSS- it shows that she is taking the time to care. 

I hope you can easily implement this board at your school- it takes a few minutes to make, and has helped spread the positive vibes that every school needs.

You're never too old for a self esteem booster, 
Your Floridian chick

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Well it all started with an idea and a BIG closet...

Ladies and gents,
She has done it again! Our wonderful paraprofessional, Ms. Riley dressed up every single day of March for National Women's History month. I don't know which to be more impressed by: her creativity or the size of her closet?!

Some of the outfits she chose included Hillary Clinton, Bessie Coleman, Margaret Thatcher, Coretta Scott King,... the list goes on and on but I learned a thing or two about how important women are to our history,  and I am thankful for her passion and vision for our students.

My father referred to her as a "true educator" and I couldn't agree more- Ms. R- thanks for doing.... YOU! 

Sad to see March go and wondering what she will wear in April?!,
Your Floridian chick