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Armstrong Elementary School

Classroom Guidance

 
 
 
Mr. Ray will be visiting the teacher classrooms on a monthly basis to visit about such things as: respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and being a good citizen.  Check back here to find out more details regarding what each grade level has been studying.
 
Upcoming classroom guidance visits are scheduled as follows:
 Kinder and 4th grades: Week of October 30
3rd grade: Week of October 9
1st grade: Week of October 16
2nd grade: Week of October 23
 
4th Grade Guidance
 Week of September 5: 4th grade lesson on respect focused on being a super hero/villain and "bucket filling."  The differences between bucket fillers and bucket dippers was discussed.  Students assessed themselves by contrasting themselves "at my best" versus "at my worst".  Students did an exercise in which they were faced with certain behavioral decisions.  Better versus worse choices were analyzed.

 

Week of October 2: 4th grade did an activity called "Walk the Line." It was somewhat silly but the overall lesson had to do with peer pressure and how our peers can influence the decisions we make.  Peer pressure can be both positive and negative.  By sticking to your goals and resisting peer pressure, you can maintain your self-respect.

Kinder Guidance
Week of September 5:  Kinder lesson about making respectful choices.  We read the book Oh No, George!  George struggles with making respectful choices; he knows the difference between good and bad choices but sometimes chooses unwisely.  George learns to make more respectful decisions with the help of Harry (his owner).
 
Week of October 2: Kinder watched a presentation about the differences between "silly school" and "super school."  We were very glad to see that Armstrong is much more like "super school."  Kinder students identified many of the ways that Armstrong is a super school including kind, respectful treatment of others.  Students identified how time and place influence behavior at school...e.g. classroom, cafeteria, hallway, recess, etc.
 
3rd Grade Guidance
 Week of September 11: Third grade lesson about friendship and respect.  Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is one of my absolute favorite books of all time.  The narrator is upset when a new kid moves to the neighborhood because he "steals" his best friend.  Dad has a concoction to get rid of enemies----enemy pie.  The secret ingredient is that you have to spend the whole day with your enemy and be nice to him.  By the end of the story the enemy is gone (having transformed into a friend).  All sorts of lessons here like being welcoming to new students, to have a friend you must be a friend, etc.  Students completed the lesson by coming up with their own recipe for "friendship pie."

 

Week of October 9: Third grade read the book My Teacher Is a Monster.  Student Bobby saw his teacher as a monster because he was judging her from a very narrow framework.  A chance meeting changes Bobby's outlook and Ms. Kirby changes in his eyes.  We learned that labeling people can be disrespectful and hurtful.  We worked on an activity called "License to Be ME" in which we created a faux driver license that included our strengths, interests and wishes.  These were shared in class and we guessed whose were whose.

2nd Grade Guidance
 Week of September 19: Second grade read What if Everybody Did That? to identify disrespectful behaviors that impact our friends, families and communities.  Little things can add up if enough people make bad choices or if these little things become habits.  We examined who deserves respect and how to show respect.  We did an activity in which each student added two new pages to the book: one with a negative effect/consequence and one with a positive effect/consequence.
 

Week of October 23:  We were visited by Wise Owl who taught us the "Who" rules for the differences between tattling and telling.

They are: 1. Who needs help?  2.  Who is afraid?  3.  Who is hurt (or might get hurt)?  4.  Who do I tell?  Students watched a brief video with different vignettes reinforcing the questions.

 
1st Grade Guidance
 Week of September 18: First grade read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Almost everyone had read the story before; however, we read with a perspective of looking for ways Alexander could make different choices which would impact the direction his day took.  In other words, Alexander's choices contributed to his "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day".  We then viewed a power point presentation with pictures of items.  These items appeared in the story.  Students identified the objects and told how each was related to a choice Alexander made.  Students then told a different choice Alexander could have made.

 

Week of October 17: First grade reviewed Alexander and how his choices made his day worse.  We then met Kelso, a frog who lives at Willow Pond.  We watched a video of Kelso as he taught as the difference between big and little problems.  He also gave us several choices of how we could solve small problems.  We have several "Kelso's Choices" posters around school to serve as reminders of techniques we can use to solve the small problems.