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 1
3rd grade: Week of October 8
1st grade: Week of October 15
2nd grade: Week of October 22
4th Grade Guidance:
 
 Week of September 3: 4th-grade lesson on respect focused on being a superhero/villain and "bucket filling."  The differences between bucket fillers and bucket dippers were 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 1:  We read and discussed the book The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  We thought about times we have felt invisible and examined behaviors/choices that might contribute to others feeling that way.  We discussed seemingly small behaviors/attitudes that could allow others to become "visible".  
Kinder Guidance:
 
 Week of September 3: 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).  Kinder students were able to identify the things they knew on the 9th/10th days of school that they did not know on day one.  They are in constant learning mode and excited to be Armstrong Eagles!
 
Week of October 1: 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 10: 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."

2nd Grade Guidance:
 

Week of September 24:  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 17: 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.