This week our staff and parents were so fortunate to hear a presentation by Jessica Minahan, author of The Behavior Code. Teachers debriefed at our faculty meeting and were so excited to share strategies they already tried today. It is eye opening to think so many students are being diagnosed with anxiety. Teachers told me they already have tried some of the strategies and they made a difference! As we read her book, we hope to keep the conversation going! Wouldn't it be great if we could work with Jessica in the future!
Global School Play Day
Today at our faculty meeting we also discussed our observations from the day. The children were so good. Visits to the nurse were few. Teacher feed back included lots of observations of students inviting others to play and really working to compromise and solve problems. However, there definitely were students who struggled without adult intervention to make decisions about what to play, rules of a game, etc. Someone shared, "Some students walked away from a conflict instead of trying to solve it."
However, most of the feedback was really positive. One teacher noted, "I saw new friendships form and students discovered common interests they weren't even aware of." Another said, "There was a lot more creative play." The children loved the day. When I was asking them about it, one cutie volunteered, " Mrs. Olson, I have one suggestion. Next time, can it be the WHOLE day?!! Well, we agree; we may do it again in June. We'll have to see about a whole day though. :)