Monday, January 30, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
- “A person with “ubuntu” is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole.”
- “They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are.”
Monday, January 23, 2012
In this post we will be exploring the executive skill of “Working Memory.” The definition of working memory is the ability to hold a certain amount of information in the mind in order to carry out a task or activity. Some strategies for strengthening working memory are:
· Chunk small pieces of information together into groupings
· Physical exercise
· Games – such as memory, crosswords, etc.
· Have student repeat back what they just heard
· Encourage child to participate in discussion
· Rehearse the information
· Be active in reading – highlight, underline, write in the margins
· Learn to use a spell checker or calculator
· Put the information into simple sentences
· Establish clear routines for/with the child
· Method of Loci (see link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/165362-strategies-for-improving-working-memory/) for explanation
o Acronyms – the beginning initials are used to create a saying or word to help with memory
o Rhymes – make up a silly rhyme
o Visualization – use images to make a memory stand out – the more outrageous the easier it will be to recall
Remember the goal of teaching strategies is for the child to learn compensating methods to overcome areas of weakness and in the long run gain independence.
Have a Wonderful Day,
Kim Turse, M.Ed
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
- Taking time to be good to yourself and to ask for help if you need something
- Saying, "Good Morning" and "Good Evening"
- Waving "Hello" or "Goodbye"
- Asking someone how they are doing or feeling and waiting for the answer
- Taking the time make good eye contact with those around us and with those to whom we are speaking
- Listening to what someone is saying
- Trying to include everyone, even those that may seem different than you
- Offering to help someone if they need it
- Offering a compliment to someone
- Knowing that you make a positive difference in the world by simple, kind gestures
Monday, January 16, 2012
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Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Here are some learning affirmations for children to start the New Year off right. Best wishes for a most wonderful and nourishing (and smart) 2012!
Some Affirmations for You!
You are amazing! We feel very lucky to know you and to have you in our school.
You are a gift to the whole world! Believe that it is true!
You are so smart and you are learning so many new things.
I hope you have a great day filled with laughter!
You are able to learn new things in your own special way.
Know that you make a difference in your family, your school and the world too!
You are becoming a better learner each day. This will help you for the rest of your life!
Thank you for being a positive, peaceful and fun community member!
Thank you for bringing kindness to your friends and family.
Take a moment to think about what would allow you to feel peaceful today.
Thank you for bringing your smile to our school. You make our school special!
Take a moment to think about something you are grateful for today. Tell someone.
You will grow up to do great things! You will help to make a positive difference
Take a moment to think about how you are feeling today. Tell someone about it!
Thank you for doing your best in school and outside of school too!
We are so thankful that you are here at our school. You are terrific!
Thank you for taking good care of yourself so that you can learn well!
You are a strong person and you can make it through times that sometimes seem tough.
You have many different talents and these make you a unique person in the world.
Thank you for being a good friend to others and an important part of our family.
You are special to so many people. So many people care about you!
Thank you for being your amazing self! You inspire us everyday!
You have great character and you are very kind. You shine!
You look so nice everyday! Thank you for taking the time to look great!