Words to Live by Wednesdays: Shel Silverstein

The new year brings about the opportunity for our students to make new goals.  Perhaps they would like to try something new, improve their grades, or simply better themselves.  I’ve heard many of my students say, “But I’m just not good at it” when they are faced with a new experience or challenge.  It is vital that our students understand that anything is possible and they can achieve their goals…through a little work and perseverance.

Have you helped your students set goals for themselves?  If you are unsure where to start, we have provided a lesson, rationale, and student goal setting worksheets in one of our TeachHUB.com articles.  This worksheet allows students to break up a larger goal into smaller and more manageable tasks.

But sometimes, the process of reaching the goal is not the problem.  The main thing that may be hampering student success is their attitude—if they don’t believe that they can be successful, then they will not be successful.  It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.  So many of our students psych themselves out before even trying anything because they don’t have the self-confidence to believe that they can do it.  It is critical that we help our students believe in themselves so that they can dream and achieve their goals.

Here’s one of our favourite poem written by the one and only Shel Silverstein.  It’s simple, beautiful, and so true.

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21st Century Learning: A Time of Change for Teachers and Students

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” (Eric Hoffer)

Today, all the teachers in our board participated in professional development centred around 21st century learning.  Each school sent a few representatives to the symposium, while the remaining teachers and support staff at each school logged in to a live stream and watched the presentation together.  I can honestly say that today’s symposium and speakers were amazing.  I have so much to write and think about, but I need to go over my notes to really do it justice.  So many excellent ideas were presented today and I really want to reflect on how to be a learner and a teacher, how to engage my students in innovative ways, and how to apply all this new knowledge to my teaching.

Here are a few things though:

I have so many thoughts running through my head regarding the questions raised today, but I have to try to formulate some sort of plan to address these ideas in the classroom.  One item that was mentioned today was teachers using blogs to get connected to students, parents, and other educators…on that note:

Here’s our latest TeachHUB.com article: The Importance of Teacher Bloggers! Please read our article, leave a comment, ask a question, or tell us about your blogs!

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6 Awesome Cooperative Classroom Games! Find them on our TeachHub.com article

We are always looking for ways to ensure that we meet all of our students needs.  The best way to do so, is to utilize cooperative games in our classroom.  Doing so will have great short-term and long-term benefits for you and your students.  Creating a safe and conducive environment to allow your students to grow emotionally and academically can be achieved through cooperative games.

Click on this link where you will read our latest article published on TeachHub.com, which focuses on the benefits of cooperative games.  In addition we have included games appropriate for each division level.

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How to help students set and reach their goals! Read all about it on www.TeachHUB.com!

At the beginning of each school year, I give each one of my students a yellow star and they write their names on the front. On the back, I ask them to write out three goals that they hope to achieve by June.  Some students’ goals are academic, some are social, some are extracurricular, and some are personal; however, all students clearly articulate that they have ideas in their minds regarding what they are hoping to achieve during that school year.  I then staple the stars up on my front bulletin board all around my banner that displays that quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars–Les Brown” (love that quote!).

Choosing a goal is pretty easy, but how can you help your students reach their goals?  Read our article on TeachHUB.com, where we provide you with a lesson plan and student worksheets to help them choose a goal and then develop an action plan in order to achieve it!