I feel like we could make our own holiday commercial about the crazy things that happen during the last week before break.
WE CAN DO THIS.
Thank you all for loving our kids even in their extra hyper and excited states of being. There are no other people who I'd rather spend the first 3 weeks of December with than all of you!
Enjoy this new SNL Holiday Skit if you haven't already seen it! And may your holidays be filled with "Memories You'll Love"!
The cutest thing happened on Tuesday! I was walking down the hall and came upon Hanan and a sweet little group of first graders heading into the media center for a Do the Math group. Hanan was holding Nancy's hand and two other littles were trailing behind them. I stopped and said, "Oh Miss Aljacksy, what a great group of kids you have there!" And, without missing a beat Nancy looked right and Hanan and said, "We are JUST like a family!"
It melted my heart! That is the definition of sense of belonging and love being an intervention!
Your students LOVE you! Don't forget that.
Did you know that in every organization people can be classified as runners, joggers or walkers?
When runners see a problem they immediately take action to solve it. That’s what we do! The joggers let the runners take off and as they watch. Then those joggers get moving too but just at a slower pace. And, then there are the walkers. They take a little bit longer to get moving by eventually come along.
We are a building full of mostly runners. We try new things, we aren’t afraid to fail, and we are willing to take risks. Do we always choose the correct path? No! But, that does not deter us.
On Thursday our K team met with Jackie, Amanda and me to learn about a way to implement phonics instruction in their classrooms. There was no push back, there was no one saying “I’m not doing that”. Why wasn’t there anyone digging in their heels? The answer is that because at JW we look at our data, we have honest conversations about it and then we take action! Our K team saw a gap, asked questions and said let’s do something about it. Over the next few weeks and months, they are going to get messy (as if K isn’t already messy enough)! They are going to try, reflect, fail at some things, succeed at lots of things and continue to refine their work. That’s what runners do.
This is just one example of the runners in our building!
Here are some others:
1-our EL team started co-teaching years ago
2-our Title teachers are using iSpire and questioning their teaching practices as they use LLI.
3-our 1st grade team is looking at new data as we progress monitor kids with DIBELS and look at our Heggerty assessments
4-2nd grade is implementing Heggerty and looking at writing differently
5-3rd-5th are all questioning the rigor of the work their kids do in writing and reading. They have changed the way guided reading looks in their classrooms and the way their kids are writing about reading.
6-Our spec ed team is working in data teams to improve their communication with classroom teachers
7-Our related arts team added safe spots to their classrooms and are participating in mental health and wellness data teams.
I love this place! I love trying new things together and being runners! Thank you for trusting each other enough to take risks together!