- GRIOT participants performed outside of Minisink Townhouse on Tuesday, October 2nd as a way of supporting recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. ALJA organized a concert outside of Minisink Townhouse as part of their work with an organization called “Take Action for Puerto Rico”.
- GRIOT participants have been learning the impact music can have on “setting the scene” in movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. The students (pictured above) watched the same scene from Jurassic Park—one with music included, one without music. The students discussed how the presence and absence of music changed the feeling of the scene.
- Power Academy staff members from PS 33 participated in a professional development session on Friday, September 28th. Staff members learned about six different co-teaching strategies by acting them out. Staff members took turns acting out different classroom roles (youth worker, group leader, activity specialist, etc.) and pretending to be students.
- Power Academy program managers attended the first Leadership Development Institute of the 2018–2019 school year on Wednesday, October 3rd. Program managers planned for the school year by creating calendars that included parent events, participant events, and other important events. It’s going to be a fun-filled year.
What Teachers Want Parents to Know
It’s that time of year! Many parents are attending “Back to School” nights and parent-teacher conferences. Here are some things teachers want parents to know:
- We care about your child’s well-being: Teachers want to see students succeed both academically and in all areas of their lives. They care about what students are experiencing at school and at home.
- We want your child to succeed: No teacher enjoys watching a student struggle endlessly. Many teachers want to place more emphasize on developing grit and becoming life-long learners—rather than demonizing stress and struggle.
- We know that learning is difficult: Teachers understand that work is sometimes challenging, but they want to see that children are trying to use the strategies they are taught at school to solve these problems. Teachers want students to advocate for themselves and become comfortable talking about challenges. Teachers also want to be informed about children’s learning challenges.
- We know your child has other responsibilities: Teachers understand that many students have other commitments. Teachers want to be informed about challenges at home and emergency situations, so they can adjust due dates or provide more support for students.
- We care deeply about what we teach: Many teachers are dedicated to staying current on developments in their fields and participate in professional development opportunities.
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THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Brooklyn students “Start with Hello” to foster culture of inclusion
Last week, some students in Brooklyn explored ways to help others and show kindness.
- The Brooklyn School District participated in a week long campaign called “Start with Hello Week”, a program born from the grief of families who lost children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
- Sandy Hook Promise is the organization that facilitates this imitative. The goal is to encourage students of all ages to combat social isolation among their peers and create inclusive school communities.
- Students participated in “icebreakers” to get to know their peers and were encouraged to start conversations with new classmates.
- Students also talked about feelings of loneliness and how to identify someone who might be feeling “left out” or lonely—having their head down, sitting alone, shy about starting a conversation.
- Start With Hello Week runs during the last week of September each year.
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