This week has gone by very quickly! I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter or Passover celebrations. it's hard to believe we only have 7 weeks left of school and so much to do!
This week our students enjoyed the Bay Colony Educators. This group returns every year providing a great enhancement to the MA Social Studies Curriculum.
On Friday, Jenna Johnson, Wheelock psychologist, and I attended a Mental Health Summit. It was very informative and provided us with some good strategies to use for some of our most vulnerable students, but can be applied to typical students as well.
I specifically attended a presentation on bullying. This was helpful because I have been spending time this year explaining bullying to parents and students who use the word, sometimes incorrectly. The presentation affirmed our practices.
We are seeing students this year more physical with each other; students have been hit by other students. We are working on it and we ask your support. A student who gets hit is not an automatic bullying situation. While completely unacceptable, hitting on the playground is something that happens with this age group, though again, not acceptable. Our job is to teach the whole child, much more than reading, writing and math.
It's hard for kids today. We must help our students become more resilient. Let's teach our kids to solve problems and use their words. They need to understand that sometimes, everything isn't going to go their way and they need to know how to handle it, rather than lashing out with physical actions in frustration and disappointment.
Respect is a learned behavior. In partnership, we all need to teach it and model it for our students.
Have a good weekend!