In the above visual, kindly insert the face of your child's teacher (or teachers!) who are doing a bit of the miraculous at this hour! As treasured friend and former colleague, author (and so much more!), Tricia Heyer recently wrote, "They’re planning units that are the perfect blend of both celebratory and politically correct. They’re orchestrating… Continue reading Miracle Makers!
November's Key of Excellence is "Speak with good purpose". As you know, it's likely my favorite key! (each month, it tends to happen that way!) As a parent, an educator, and a human being - I like to share on the power of our words. And helping our children understand the importance of this truth seems… Continue reading Words…choosing them wisely
"I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown What are your extraordinary moments? They are plentiful in the elementary school of SkyView Academy, let me assure you! Given that today we celebrated the annual Kindergarten 'Thanksgiving Feast", and… Continue reading Giving Thanks…
This week we are privileged to celebrate and acknowledge some of America's greatest heroes. Men and women who have served or are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces. As a former wife of a veteran, this holiday holds great significance for me. The sacrifice of our servicemen and women, and their families is one… Continue reading Creating a Culture of HONOR
I write this message, having come from our weekly PLC meetings with grade level teams (that's another educational acronym meaning 'Professional Learning Community'). We spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing important student matters as it relates to reading, writing, behavior and more. From this week's conversations, I'm noting some trends I'd like to address… Continue reading The Meaning of an ‘A’ and the importance of struggle
In this week's celebration of our monthly "Key of Excellence", students are being recognized for their demonstration throughout the month on OWNERSHIP - taking responsibility for one's own actions; OWNING the choices made and the results that follow. In the 'demonstration' portion of this lesson, several students will play a round of Simon Says. In… Continue reading Where Do YOU Live?
"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovey things." - Plato Incredibly, after my previous writing, I was inundated with additional information and research on the topic of PLAY and the importance thereof. A new favorite Youtube in… Continue reading The importance of play, its impact on learning and more…