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During most of January and February I taught all of the grades Bully Prevention units. Students learned the importance of having/showing empathy, how to control their impulses and how to manage their anger.They learned skills that will help them get along with others in a more peaceful way, reduce conflict and encourage cooperation. They also learned problem solving strategies and coping skills that will help them when they have conflicts with others or if they feel that they are being bullied. According to proven research demonstrating empathy, problem solving skills and anger management are necessary qualities that all youngsters and adults need to achieve happy, productive lives.
During March most grades explored looking at ways that we are unique and and appreciating those differences.
The third graders spent the last month learning about strategies to help them prepare for Iowa Assessments. The first week I read a book,
Tyler Tames the Testing Tiger
, and we discussed it. The book is part of our third grade guidance curriculum for the Study Skills unit. In the story Tyler does some visualizing- comparing his coach's tips in basketball to test taking. The five key concepts are: 1. develop a relaxing routime; 2. talk and think positively; 3. don't get stuck; 4. practice to make progress and 5. prepare your body physically. The second week we did a test anxiety activity and started working in our "High Fives of Testing" booklet that summarizes the five key concepts above. The week before the test the fourth and fifth graders wrote thoughtful, wise letters of encouragement that I delivered to each third grader.
The fifth graders are beginning their transition unit where we explore everything they need to know about being successful in Middle School. This unit will continue for the next six weeks.
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Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2013
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