Something that really hit me again this week as I have been working with our students is the incredible challenges they have to overcome! I realize that behavior is a symptom rather than just a problem to be eliminated. Misbehavior is a symptom of dysfunctional thoughts and feelings students have about themselves, others, life, and what has or is happening to them - thoughts and feelings that they need help with. For example shame and powerlessness comes from being told and believing you don't live up to others expectations. Students who have had a lifetime of being told and believing these struggles can manifest in ways like anger and lashing out at others. Often they try to compensate for this sense of powerlessness by engaging in all kinds of power or vengeance-seeking behavior.
Often, students use anger as a coping mechanism for their sense of powerlessness. Anger provides a false sense of power, a false sense of righteousness, permission and protection from how they feel. It helps to remember that anger is more often than not a secondary emotion - secondary to feelings like shame, guilt, anxiety, depression and a sense or feeling of powerlessness. Sometimes we educators are too caught up in taking offense at such behavior, and reacting to it that we never consider that it might be the symptom that it really is. So, what can we do? Check out the following site for strategies.
Behavior is often just the tip of the iceberg. There is always more going on beneath the surface. What's beneath the surface is what we really need to be looking for and attending to.
10/31-11-10: Interim 1 Window 2-8
11/9: Staff Meeting: 3:40 Tech lab
11/10: IEP Sub day
11/10: Art will be in your classroom, art room in use for PD
11/11 Regional Training
11/14 Report Cards Due
Accommodation Logs need to be updated!
Lesson Plans– Monday by 7:00 a.m. hard copy to my mailbox, save copy on U drive
This week: Mr. Cuthbertson
*Following Week: Specials Team
Good News Students:
Deijon T. 7th Dolson Homeroom
Ja’Shawn H. 8th Remmers Homeroom
Angel H. 6th Cuthbertson Homeroom
We are committed to building positive relationships with students to create/maintain a student led classroom.
Team Action Step:
Focus on team-building activities to teach collaborative skills
Just a reminder to bring a set of ungraded formative assessments to Fall Regionals. Teachers will be analyzing their student work during the Assessing session, then using the data to inform planning of small group instruction during the Planning session. Ideally, the assessment is brief, recent, and tied to a specific standard. Everyone will need to bring an assessment for the content area that matches the content area they worked with at Summer Regionals (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies). Let this time really work for you, so bring something that will support planning your instruction.
Since this month our Moral Focus is Gratitude, I wanted to share my appreciation and gratitude for each of you and for all that you do at Oakside.
Mr. Dolson- I am grateful to have you on our team. Thank you for your dedication to teaching and the patience you demonstrate in working with our students. I appreciate your willingness to be a resource and help your teammates with ideas and more. I also appreciate your sense of humor and the levity you bring to our conversations.
Mr. Remmers- I am grateful for all the creative ideas you bring to our team. Thank you for taking extra time to coach our students outside of school hours. I appreciate seeing you make connections with our students through sports and other after school activities.
Mrs. Kraszewski- I am thankful for all your hard work in middle school this year. I know there have been many challenges but I love that you don't give up easily and you are always willing to go back to the drawing board to refine and improve your practice. I am also grateful for your flexibility when it comes to helping and leading after school events for our students.
Mrs. Vincent- I appreciate all the work you are putting in to connect with our students and families. I am grateful for the different ways in which you stay in communication with students and families so they are in the loop of what's going on. Thank you also for coaching our cheer team. I know our girls really appreciate you taking extra time out of your already busy day to work this program.
Ms. Boheme- Thank you for taking on the challenge of juggling two grade levels in one class. I really appreciate your patience with our students and your reflective attitude towards teaching. You have connected with your students and they now share your love for math. I am grateful to have you on our team.
Mr. Cuthbertson- Thank you for your flexibility in subbing for Ms. Hoover during a time where it was needed the most. I know that it has been difficult to take on the challenges of teaching a new subject area. Thank you for having a positive attitude I appreciate all the work you do.
Ms. Darbyshire- Thank you for all the creative ideas you bring to our team and how flexible you are when there is a need for the team. I appreciate your attention to details whether it's planning for lessons or displaying student work or figuring out strategic ways to connect with students and families. I appreciate having you on our team.
Mr. Bateman- I am thankful to have you on our team. You are reflective about your teaching and I appreciate that you are always looking to improve. I also love the creative ways in which you redirect challenging students and your flexibility to step in when there is a need on the team.
Mrs. Welch- I am thankful to have you on our team. I appreciate the ideas your bring to our team and how you are willing to step in to fill any need that we as a team have. I also appreciate our many talks about education as well as your sense of humor.
Mrs. Sesi- I am grateful to have you on our team. I appreciate you being flexible and willing to step in to help with whatever tasks or needs we have. I appreciate our conversations and your ideas on how to make Oakside even better. Thank you for your willingness to help with any needs and for being a resource to other teachers.