Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

gif_apple1“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates

Good morning! I hope everyone is enjoying their winter break. It has been great to relax and store up energy for the second half of the school year.

It is also a great time of year to contemplate the past year, and any changes you would like to make. My personal goal for this year is to avoid processed foods as much as possible, and lengthen my daily walking time (it helps I have a dog to walk!). How about you? Are there any personal or teaching goals you would like to share? I would love to hear them.

*As a note, diet does affect students/children and their ability to learn–so it is a great idea/goal to include unprocessed foods in those classroom parties and lunches as well.

Writing Specific and Measureable Goals

Whether you are writing a goal for:  students to meet school benchmarks in reading, a student on an IEP (Individualized Education Program), a personal goal, or a goal for your child, goals should be specific and measureable.

A goal should include these components:

  • a baseline (current level)
  • how you will measure the goal
  • when the goal is expected to be met
  • a reasonable amount of expected growth/progress (goals need to be attainable!)

Here is a sample goal:

By 12/2014, “Johnny” will write a five sentence paragraph including a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a close, with 80% accuracy in 4 out of 5 trials as measured by student writing samples and a rubric.

Baseline: Johnny currently writes one sentence beginning with a capital and ending with an end mark.

Goals can also have objectives that break the goal down even further. For example, you could add as an objective: Johnny will use a graphic organizer to organize his ideas for his paragraph.

Again, it really helps to know where your student/child is at, and where you would like him or her to be. Make sure the goals are reasonable. Most students make a years worth of academic growth in a given year. If a student has a learning disability, adjust the goal to meet his or her learning pace.

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. It was great to reflect on reasons to be thankful, relax, spend time with family, and, of course, eat leftovers.

We are now in that busy season between now and winter break–filled with classroom parties, activities, plays, etc. It is a fun time of year, especially for kids!

Have a wonderful week, and here is this week’s quote:

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas Edison