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Electromagnetic Field?

Did you know?

 

Did you know the heart generates electrical amplitude and the electromagnetic field of the heart extends 10 feet out from the body? A person’s heartbeat can actually be measured in another person’s brainwave and a connection is created.

This is very powerful when thinking of working with students. When an emotionally regulated and calm adult is next to, or gently touches the should of a dysregulated and disruptive student, an energy exchange happens. Thus, it is imperative that the adult’s emotional state be positive. This can create “heart coherence,” driven by a state of love, gratitude, and happiness, the waveform is ordered and stable.

 

 

However, when someone is angry and resentful, the waveform is disordered, jagged, and unpredictable. This feeds negativity and fear into an interaction between an adult and student.

 

Adults’ emotions cannot be suppressed; they have to be processed and acknowledged, otherwise they will show up in resentment and anger. It is critical for adults to monitor their thoughts, reactions, and feelings while around stude

November Bullying Lesson

Each month, I get to go into classrooms for a lesson. I love this part of my job for many reasons, but one is that I get to interact with each student monthly.

Throughout first semester, we use the Second Step bullying curriculum for our lessons. So far, all grade levels have had a lesson on what bullying is and what to do if you see bullying. We consider bullying to be more than just someone being mean or arguing with someone else. For it to be considered bullying, it needs to happen more than once and be one-sided. Thus, two students would not “bully each other” because the implication is that both are being unkind. Rather that would be an argument/problem/conflict that needs to be resolved. Bullying is when one student continues to be unkind to another.

We discuss that you need to report bullying to an adult whether it happens to you or you are a bystander and see it happen to someone else. We have identified who those adults are that we could report to as well as practiced how to report bullying if we see it. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be practicing how to refuse bullying during this month. Third through fifth grade, instead, will discuss and practice how to be a helpful, supportive bystander. As always, look for handouts to come home this month.

Book Fair!

I love books and I love shopping, so a book fair is right up my alley. I always am so excited to see those Scholastic boxes show up because they signal, “Book Fair Time!” If you can find time to stop in this week before or after school, you will find a wonderful selection of books available. They are usually fairly inexpensive too. Go see Mrs. Anderson at the BOOK FAIR!

Conferences

Tonight we start with our first night of parent-teacher conferences for the 2019-2020 school year! It is always such a great opportunity to see what your student is learning, ask questions, and learn about how you can continue to support your student in school. We always look forward to meeting with families, and encourage students to come along so they can be part of the conversation. If you need to reschedule your conference, please just let your student’s teacher know and you can work together to find a time to reschedule.

2nd Quarter!

It’s so exciting to think we’re 1/4 of the way through the year! I think the students were excited to be back from Fall Break, and we’re all rejuvenated to get back to learning.

I’ll be finishing up the October lessons in the next two weeks. I’ve really been enjoying going into the classrooms. They’ve been able to share a lot that they retained from last year. I’ve also incorporated giving “Calm Down Kits” to each classroom, so we’ve been discussing the rules around the kits.

In November, we’re going to start on the 3rd bullying lesson. The topic varies from grade to grade, so ask your student what Mrs. Harris talked about! You can also look for the Home Links to come home with your student monthly.

It Finally Feels Like Fall!

I am so happy that the weather is finally cooler! It seems like fall took a long time to come. With the predictions being a long, cold, snowy winter, I’m trying to appreciate the nice weather even more!

We’ve been busy here at Everett with lots of learning! I have finished up all of the first bullying lessons, and have started Bullying Lesson #2. For older students, this lesson focuses on who bystanders are and how they can help when they see bullying. For younger students, we are talking more specifically about how to report bullying, and who they can report bullying to.

The groups I’ve been meeting with are finishing up, and we will be starting new groups second quarter. Second quarter is, afterall, just around the corner! I’ve also been lucky enough to meet with lots of students individually!

As a reminder, the Everett Goodie Hunt is Thursday, the 10th, from 6:00-7:00.

What are these papers?

If your student has brought home papers with a Second Step Bullying heading on them, they’re from me. For each lesson, there is a Home Link that goes home. These can serve as great conversation pieces with your student. The handout outlines the information we discussed in the lesson as well as prompts for talking about the material. These do not have to be returned, but are good information for you and your student!

What is Bullying?

What is bullying? This has been the focus of all my classroom lessons for the month of September. We discuss, at length, that bullying is when one student is mean to another, it happens more than once, and they haven’t been able to get it to stop. We talked about how bullying is different from just being mean, and that while both are problems, if someone is being unkind, a student can usually use problem-solving steps they’ve learned through Second Step to solve the problem. Bullying is when the problem keeps happening, they’ve tried to solve it and can’t, and is one-sided. Being one-sided means that a problem is considered bullying when one person is being unkind to another, but that person is not being unkind back. Having an argument with another, then, while is might be a problem isn’t bullying.

We will continue to talk about what bullying is as well as what to do when you recognize bullying in the coming months.

Testing, Testing, Testing

As I look at my planner next to me, it is FILLED with testing times for all students! Kindergarten through fifth grade are all taking MAP tests this week so that we can use the results to formulate individualized plans for students who may need extra help. Hopefully this will help all students meet our high expectations! During this testing time, please encourage your students to try their best. Also, please help your student do his or her best by making sure they’ve gotten lots of sleep and have either had breakfast at home, or are coming to school for breakfast. Remember, we open the doors at 7:40 for breakfast!

 

End of August

Wow! It’s already the end of August. Those three weeks went by quickly and yet so much was accomplished!

I met with each classroom to review who I am, what I do, and how to find me. We also spent time in kindergarten, first, and second grade distinguishing between big and small problems. We talked about how big problems usually needed an adult to help us, but we can solve small problems by ourselves. Third, fourth, and fifth grade took on the task of joining my 2019-2020 Counselor Classroom (a Google Classroom) so that in the future we can quickly get on the website and I can assess how much students learned during our lessons.

All grade levels also participated in a discussion of what rules are, why we have them, and examples of rules. This was the mini-lesson that is included with the district bullying curriculum. Starting next week, I will be going into classrooms to start these bullying lessons.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday for Labor Day. Also, CLC clubs start on the 9th.