In the introduction of The Formative Five--Fostering Grit, Empathy, and other SUCCESS SKILLS Every Student Needs written by Thomas R. Hoerr, is a must read for teachers and administrators. The book pulled me in during the Introduction and kept me for 168 pages. This was the paragraph on page 5 that started a good and practical read. “Not long ago success in school meant success in life. We also believed that things like grit and determination were traits people were born with, not skills that could be developed over time. Over the past few decades, hard and soft sciences have produced and impressive body of evidence that teaches us two very new, very important things. First, that we can take our innate abilities and cultivate them, just like we build up muscle, dexterity, and language fluency. And secondly, that social and emotional skills matter just as much in determining life satisfaction and success as traditional intelligence. The use of the word “skills” here is intentional. These qualities are not only innate. They can be taught. And, they can be learned (Hoerr, Thomas. The Formative Five, ASCD Books, 2017, page 5). WHO YOU ARE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHAT YOU KNOW. The five most important formative skills necessary for success in both the work world and relationships of all kinds: EMPATHY, SELF-CONTROL, INTEGRITY, EMBRACING DIVERSITY, GRIT.
Have a great holiday season. I plan to visit some friends I have not spent
time with for a while, spoil several grandkids with trips to the Children’s
Museum in Great Falls, and whip out a few watercolor masterpieces now that I am
taking lessons. I love painting and did not know it until two months ago.
If there is a hobby you think you might like, TRY IT NOW. Don’t wait.
I have lots of lost time to make up for now so my own children are getting
framed pieces from their mother. Hope to see all of you in the NEW YEAR.
We better have a drawing at the end of December. E-mail Brianna your name
to be entered in our drawing.
Congratulations to Jonathan Martin of Chinook Schools, winner of last month's
Congratulations to Jonathan Martin of Chinook Schools, winner of last month's drawing!
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The STREAM Leadership Team
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Resorce links from PBS and Sesame Street on discussing trauma with young children.
BETTER LESSON link
Better Lesson -
Master Teacher Lessons for Math, Science, ELA, and blended subject areas.
Better Lesson - Master Teacher Lessons for Math, Science, ELA, and blended subject areas.
Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music
MathScienceMusic.org, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.
Exploratorium Science Snacks Hands-On Activities
Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are
tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students
can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are
hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be
easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints,
Check out News ELA https://newsela.com/. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Free leveled news, primary sources, and more, with standards-aligned formative assessments.
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