Monday, May 28, 2012

Winding Down The Year

It is that time!  We are smack dab in the middle of end of grade testing (which I'm fortunate enough to not have to coordinate) and getting ready to wind down the year.  I decided I should post since I will probably not have much time to before school lets out.  The last few weeks of school are always jam packed with activities for kids, testing, and other events.  This year some of the things we have going on are:
  • A "pawsitive" behavior day on June 6 (this is our school wide behavior plan). Throughout the year, students receive shoutouts for good acts that are read over the announcements.  Once the school receives 500 shoutouts, we get a "pawsitive" behavior day!  On this day, we come up with a theme to revolve the day around..for example, in the past we've had cruise ship day, fairytale day, time-warp, carnival, etc.  This time will be sports spectacular!  All activities in the classrooms are based around the theme, and then during specials (P.E., art/music, etc) the students all rotate through fun stations that the specialist provide.
  • On June 4, the teachers at a nearby elementary school have challenged our staff to a kickball game!  I'm organizing the team and we'll be practicing tomorrow so we can dust our shoes off!  All proceeds will be split between schools
As for this summer, I will be serving on the Synergy Team. As posted before, my school teaches the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to all students as our character education program.  We've decided we need to step it up!  In comes the Synergy Team!  This summer, we will be re-reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey.  We will also be coming up with lessons to go with each habit and posting them for staff.  It will be hard work but should be fun! 
The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a TimeThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As for today, it is an optional workday, and I've opted to come in and take care of some business so that I can have a smooth end of the year and begin planning for next year.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Memorial day and a restful summer!  Make sure to Sharpen Your Saw!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Have You Been to Jobland?

Sorry for the changes! I felt like my old template was too busy and hard to read!  I hope you enjoy the new and improved (and simple) look of my page!

This month in 2nd grade, we're taking a trip to Jobland!  In K-2 career lessons, the focus is on getting familiar with jobs and finding out what jobs might match our interests.  2nd graders get to go on the laptops and visit Paws in Jobland.  Paws is a friendly cartoon dog that talks to kids about jobs.  The kids get to explore various careers in Jobland, and even get to take a "jobfinder" survey.  It asks questions about their interests, such as "do you like math?"  Once students have finished with the survey, certain areas of Jobland are hightlighted so they can look at those careers that best match with their results. 

You can find visit Jobland on or click the Paws in Jobland link below.  Some things you might discuss after visiting the site are:
  1. What new jobs did you learn about?
  2. What do you think you might want to be when you grow up?
  3. Do you have to go to college, trade school, or receive some other type of education for this job
  4. What is something you will share with your parents about this activity?
Paws in Jobland