Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Character Education lesson on Respect

Each month we have a character trait/virtue that the entire school focuses on. We create our lesson plans around the specific character trait, we have a school wide character education assembly and we have posters as reminders of what the trait is and how to use it. This is a recent lesson I did on respect in 4th grade. The students seemed to enjoy it and it was a great opportunity to talk about diversity.  Please use this and enjoy:)

Materials: ½ sheets of paper for each student. Crayons/markers/colored pencils.

Objective: Students will use positive listening skills towards classmates, they will be able to find positive qualities about themselves, and they will learn how to use respect towards peers.

Introduce yourself and ask the students about the character trait of the month. Elicit responses about why character education is necessary in schools today. Ask the students to draw a picture of themselves. The only thing that HAS to be on their paper is their name. Other than that, give the directions that they must draw a picture of themselves. Start the activity by providing each student with a piece of white drawing paper, and the size of 1/2 a piece of paper.  Provide students up to 10 minutes to draw a self-portrait on the paper.

When the drawings are completed, have students do a think-pair-share, and have each person take 2 minutes to explain their drawing and how it is unique. After each person is done describing their picture, call on random students to share THEIR PARTNERS picture. This will promote listening skills and stronger forms of memory.

After all students have shared their partners information, have students stand up behind their desk. When the teacher claps, provide students with a couple of minutes to write a compliment on the white paper that surrounds the student's self-portrait. Then have students pass the papers to the next person, and so on. Keep the pace moving. Give students only a minute or two to write each compliment. Remind students not to take time to read the compliments others have written; explain that they should be sharing compliments from their own minds and hearts.  For example, a student might say kind, happy, smart, soccer, athletic, funny, etc.

At the end of the activity, each person's self-portrait should be surrounded by compliments. Display the self-portraits and their accompanying compliments for all to see. To close talk about how respect relates to this lesson and giving someone a compliment can turn someone’s day around. Encourage the students to do this daily and see how much of a positive reaction they receive back!

Positively speaking,
Your Floridian Chick!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Grandparents Day Ideas to implement THIS year

Stickers each GP wore all day
Crafts in early learning
I have officially lived through 3 Grandparents Days- 25,000 steps later- all within a day and a half! Safe to say I'm feeling like a grandparent as I write this out, but doing with a smile on my face.

We broke grandparents down into 3 separate events (pre-k3 through Kindergarten, first throughthird, and fourth through sixth grade).  We had similar agendas for each section, and kept it short and sweet for grandparents to get a picture of what our school stands for. Each session lasted for a little over 2 hours, which seemed to be the perfect amount of time to tire out the grandparents, but not let the entire school go without academics. 

Agenda for the morning session
The agenda, listed below, shows a morning greeting, then splitting off to the home room classes where they spent time with their grandchild, other children, and  teacher. Each classroom had a different activity, but all encouraged conversation about the differences/similarities between grandparent and grandchild's schooling.

Not only is this a fun day for the students and families- it is a phenomenal marketing plan for the school! We get to show off who we are and what we stand for.

Personally, for the school counselor, my role was to welcome guests, visit every classroom, and connect with families and children. I also got to sneak in driving the golf cart to pick up those who didn't want to walk.
Greeting and Welcome Area

Cutest song sung by 1st grade!
I'm sharing this to show how important relationships are. Love is the strongest emotion the body can feel, and when we bring that into our schools, it makes the students stronger, the learning brighter, and the day more intentional and fun.

I hope you have a grandparents day, my old school did not, and now that I see what it does for our students and school- I can't go back!

3rd grade coupon book
Interviews in second grade
The older they are, the more knowledge they can share,

Your Floridian Chick!

Early Learning Butterfly room