Ideas, Reminders, and Thoughts to Ponder...

Be the change you wish to see at Ferguson Elementary...

1. "Today I will touch the lives of each of my students, but today might be a most important day, a day remembered forever, for one of them. Today presents an exciting challenge because I don’t know who it will be and I must remember to give them each the opportunity for it to be them." – Dr. Lourie

2.  It has been said humans work harder when they know they are appreciated.  Think of how true this is for our marriages and/or friendships. How do you make your students feel appreciated in the classroom?  Respond in the comments section below. 

3. Last day to buy jeans passes to support our CCEF basket is Wednesday, October 1st.

4. Please ensure your emergency sub folder is create and complete and sign off on the sheet on my door by next Friday. October 3rd.

5. Challenge: Leave a positive note on the windshield of a staff member's car this week.  If you do, wear jeans one day this week, other than Thursday or Friday. 

6. Thank you for your time at orientation on Thursday evening.

7. Read below about the power of a positive phone call home-

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2 years ago
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I think kids know they are appreciated when you use their ideas or let them try out something that you might not be 100% convinced will work or might not be the way you would do it. When we have taken the time to really listen and let them have a go, it tells them we value what they have to say and that they might just have some great ideas. Who knows...maybe it will work and then it would have an exponential impact!

2 years ago
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When I squat down and look directly into their eyes when they have a story to tell. The other day a student was just about ready to bust with his story. I squatted down to his eye level, and listened intently to a very boy story about power rangers. He hugged me off and on all day long. It made a strong connection for us.

2 years ago
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I show my students that I appreciate them by listening to their stories and responding in an authentic and genuine way. After writing my response, I read Peggy's and I really like her version better.

2 years ago
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I love what everyone said. Sometimes it is hard, but I try to listen to them and all their stories at recess. They often want to come up and tell me something or hang our for a few minutes. This is a good time to connect with them personally and not just academically. I want to know who they are and vice versa.

2 years ago
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I know when I pick my students up they all start telling me something. I have to stop, remind them we are in the hall, and as soon as we get in the room they are off and running. We sit and all listen to everyone. I think it is so important for this interaction every time I see them.

2 years ago
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Sometimes, especially on a Monday morning, I just let everyone have a chance to say whatever is on their minds. Also on Fridays I usually ask what everyone has going on for the weekend. Most kids are really eager to say something.

2 years ago
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Besides the fact that I have my entire front door posted to say "When you enter this classroom, you are Explorers, You are important, you are loved, you are respected, you are a Friend, you are the reason we are here". I try to ensure that all their voices are heard. Sometimes I feel that they just want to be heard, it could be as small as a story from home or as big as a problem, either way I try to remember that regardless of how busy I am, I am here for them and try to make them feel respected and loved.