Natalie Sloan, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
Tel: 383-3871 Extension 125
Last month, I shared part of an article by Victoria Prooday that had some great recommendations that will result in happier, healthier children. This month I would like to share more of Victoria’s suggestions, which are wholeheartedly recommended as well.
- Teach responsibility and independence.
- Don’t over-protect them from small failures. It trains them in the skills needed to overcome greater life’s challenges.
- Don’t pack your child’s backpack, don’t carry his/her backpack, don’t bring to school his/her forgotten lunch box/agenda. Teach them the skills rather than do it for them.
- Teach delayed gratification and provide opportunities for “boredom” as boredom is the time when creativity awakens.
- Don’t feel responsible for being your child’s entertainment crew.
- Do not use technology as a cure for boredom.
- Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurants, malls. Use these moments as opportunities to train their brains to function under “boredom.”
- Help them create a “boredom first aid kit” with activity ideas for “I am bored” times. You could include art supplies, play dough, books, or anything that encourages them.
I will still be conducting classroom guidance lessons tailored to the needs seen in their particular classroom/grade. I will also be leading specific groups to help students reinforce certain skills needed; such as organization/study skills. Further information on these groups and permission slips will be sent out on later dates.
I also will continue to put a short blurb on here to help encourage and reinforce growth mindset mentality. You can also read about it in the Lion’s Roar the first Monday of each month.
5th-grade parents: Starting in February, I will be teaching Brainology lessons to your children once a month. What is Brainology you’re asking? It’s a program designed to help improve motivation and achievement by teaching a growth mindset. Through interactive videos and classroom activities, students will discover how the brain works and how it gets stronger and smarter through effort and learning, which can boost their confidence in their potential, desire to learn, and willingness to work hard.
New Student Shoutouts:
3rd: Carmen Sophia Mora 4th: Caroline McKay
Callie Wright 5th: Robert Bourg
William Mickal (Welcome back to SAS)
~ IMPORTANT DATE REMINDERS ~
April 20-LEEC Art and Language Arts Contest
**~Assignment Pad Contest~**
Throughout the nine weeks, I make random checks of students assignment pads. At the end of that nine weeks, I choose one boy and one girl from each homeroom to come have lunch in my office. These students are chosen because they either used their assignment pad diligently or showed improvement/gave great effort to use it on a more consistent basis *GROWTH MINDSET*.
They will have the opportunity to invite a friend of their choice where they will be able to enjoy board games, arts & crafts, and basketball in my office during their lunch period.
5th Grade Spiral Checks:
I check Spirals every Monday morning before school from 7:15-7:45 and at recess from 11:25-11:45. Please remind your children that this service is offered to them. It is a great and easy way to receive full credit for these assignments. One or two points, in the end, could mean all the difference in their final grade!
Many studies show that children who have a growth mindset respond positively to challenging situations and do better in school over time. As educators, we want to encourage our students to keep striving, keep learning, and keep going even if mistakes are made.
** All excerpts will be taken from The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley.**
Brock, A., & Hundley, H. (2016). The Growth Mindset Coach. Canada: Marquis Book Printing.
There’s a Difference between Not Knowing and Not Knowing Yet!
A lot can be read into the word: FAIL. There’s something so definite about it; unlike “mistake” or “setback,” the finality of the word implies your goose is cooked. Over. Finito. Dunzo. But the word yet? Now, that’s a magical word. Yet conveys the promise of better things to come. Yet is the future saying, “Hey, you! I’m right up here. Come and get me!” What if we replaced our “I have failed at it” mentality with “I haven’t accomplished it yet” mentality?
Teachers/parents lets move our students/children from knowledgeable to knowledge-able. This means presenting them with authentic learning opportunities from which they can find answers and generate more answers. We should be inspiring in our students/children curiosity about the world, not about how many points they need to get an A.
“Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” Carol Dweck.
October-November: Boys Fantastic Friends (2nd-4th)
November-December: Girls Fantastic Friends (4th)
February-March: Ninja Worriers (4th-5th)
Intro to Counseling Program (2nd-5th)
Organization/Study Skills (2nd-5th)
Impulses/Self-Control (2nd, 4th)
Conflict Resolution (3rd)
Conflict Resolution (2nd-3rd)
Organization/Study Skills (3rd)
Loving Ourselves & Others (4th-5th)
Problem Solving Skills (2nd)
Kindness/Loving Others (3rd)
Organization/Study Skills (4th)
Brainology Unit I: Brain Basics (5th)
Brainology Unit II: Brain Behavior (5th)
Brainology Unit III: Brain Building (5th)
Brainology Unit IV: Brain Boosts (5th)