First thing first – hope you are home safe with your family! Second, hope you are using your time wisely and getting work done before the power goes out! Philadelphia is getting a direct hit so anyone here, please be careful!!
Back to work – On November 16th we will be hosting our 1st Annual World Tour Day! This will be an incentive for students because they will have to use tickets to participate. Each teacher will host a country and come up with culture, food, music, and dance activities for rotating classes to experience. Has your school hosted an International Day or Culture Day? Share your thoughts and ideas! More info and documents to share coming soon.
Is it really only October?! It feels like school has been in session for at least 3 months already. As I sit here lesson planning at 9pm on a Saturday, I can’t help but miss those summer afternoons in the local coffee shop. Instead, I’m a few days ahead of my plans (thats a first this year!) but I also have a pretty extensive to-do is on my desk – of which I only crossed one thing off of today. But you probably came here for an update on Behavior stuff…maybe? Well, that’s what you’re going to get.
As you may be aware, this year we implemented PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) at my Middle School. We started giving our tickets for good behavior, have had school-wide character lesson plans and taught our expectations to our students. Theres a slight difference in the overall culture of the school – but with new initiatives, big changes take time. We are practicing being patient! We have also had a few school-wide incentives. We started off with Spirit Week and our first NUT (No Uniform Today) Day – which was a big success! Surprisingly, there was not in increase in overall discipline referrals that day, which means we can continue to have them! Check out the flyer that was sent home and displayed around the school for Spirit Week!
We had our first Vare Cares Awards Assembly last week which was a hit. Our students are still practicing their behaviors in the auditorium and they needed a few reminders but overall, the behaviors are improving. Students also were able to vote for a student in their class who exhibited cooperation in the month of September and these students received the Vare Cares Award. Parents were invited to share in the celebration and it is always an amazing feeling to reward the students who are always doing the right thing. The other great part is that all students voted (and teachers agreed with their choices!) and were able to notice which students exhibit the desired behaviors. Below you will see the Vare Cares Student Star voting sheet.
We also had a special guest join us to kick off our Vare Cares Assembly and talk about a topic that goes hand in hand with cooperation – bullying. I hope the students felt as inspired as I did! 🙂