I don’t get… I don’t get how people can say, “I hate school so much”
At the beginning of the school year our 6th graders look so sullen, like this whole middle school experience is a "killer". As time passes, their moods evolve and they begin to like middle school more and more. Their comfort levels rise and they take the daily academic challenges as they come - full throttle, giving it everything they have! I am so proud of my students this year!
Oak Ridge School Improvement Building Plan for Oak Ridge Elementary 2010-11 School Year Every year, Oak Ridge Elementary submits a building plan for School Improvement. School Improvement is an on-going activity where we focus on areas of need. Oak Ridge Elementary does an assessment of those areas and brings focus to those goals on a yearly basis.
I shared this with some of the kids in my classes today. I am reading the book the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. It's about a Chinese mom who is very tough on her girls, but they excel in many areas. It is an interesting book and brings up a lot of discussion points at the very least! Here is the link of the article that was recently in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059
Each spring marks the return of America’s pastime…baseball. I am a huge Tiger fan and every spring brings a feeling of optimism and excitement. No matter what has happened the previous season with the Tigers, each April brings a feeling of possibility! The start of the baseball season marks a new beginning. Each April, I always
I hope everyone has a great spring break! Maybe when we come back - it really will be spring! Be sure to check out the new April Problem of the Day extra credit math problems - don't wait until it is too late for extra credit!
Yesterday I spent the day at the Michigan Bullying Prevention Conference in East Lansing. Unfortunately, it is a topic that is very real in EVERY school across the state. I will be updating the blog more in the weeks to come about my learnings that came about from this conference. There was a lot of discussion regarding “bystanders” who witness bullying behavior.
Today when I was helping to supervise 7th grade lunch, I informed my noon staff that I would be out of the building tomorrow at a Bullying conference in Lansing. From across the room, one of the noon aides said, “Bowling? You’re going to a Bowling conference?” We all laughed at the thought of me taking the day off to work on my game.
As many of you know Michigan is currently in the midst of a school funding crisis. Livonia Superintendent Randy Liepa was on the radio on Friday March 25th as a follow up to the Detroit Free Press article in the paper from that morning. Following is the link to the interview.
Venison…all my life I have cringed at those words. Growing up in rural Central Michigan, I was surrounded by hunters stockpiling their freezers full of venison. For some reason, the thought of eating a deer was just too much for my mind. I didn’t mind hunting and actually went hunting occasionally. But eating deer…that is a diff