Usually my services tend to end a week before the end of school. Because of the unique situation we have and that we had a prolonged period where there was no new learning going on, I am continuing my services up to the end of the school year.
Progress reports will go home on June 18th and will look different than usual. There will not be data points but more of a narrative with input from parents, gen ed teachers and support staff. I will be available to answer any questions you might have about progress and what next year will look like during the summer.
I am hosting office hours through my teams classroom and I have broken it up by grade:
4th grade office hours:
10:00 - 10:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
5th grade office hours:
11:00 - 11:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Social activities will be posted through seesaw every Monday and Friday. They will be short and hopefully fun for you to do. They are a great way for us to stay in touch.
I thought I would share this article for parents and students.
I shared with you through my group email a youtube channel for yoga called Yoga With Adriene.
Click below if you want to see her session that focuses on anxiety relief.
Last week we discussed when walking into a social situation welcoming body language versus non-welcoming body language. We also talked about what to do when you see non welcoming body language and what types f reasons there might be unwelcome body language.
With all the snow days, teacher work day, and holidays, our social group didn't meet as much as we usually do and it felt as if we need to start all over again with expectations and routines. Hopefully we will be able to get back on track in February.
We had to work hard this week on appropriately responding to scenarios given by the teacher. We stressed that although the scenarios may not be real, responding in an unexpected way may alarm others and cause them to become upset. We are working on being thoughtful about how others may react when we respond in a certain way.
This week we talked about manners. We discussed what good manners look like such as saying excuse me, please, and thank you. We also talked about what bad manners looked like such as picking one's nose or putting hands in places that are not clean. One of the students pointed out that some things such as pointing at others is thought of as bad manners but didn't understand why. We mentioned how manners can be confusing and can be different in different cultures or countries. Lastly, we discussed when it was appropriate to say hello. A good rule for this is when you fist see someone to say hello or hi and when you see them again that day to give a nod and a smile.
This month we have been focusing on being a good work partner. To listen to what our partner has to say and commenting on it. We are also working on following directions.
Students are doing a very good job at self monitoring their personal goals, relecting if the goals are still appropriate, and picking goals to work on.