I’m on such a self-improvement tear. Usually after school is out for the summer, I have a chance to absorb & process all of the information I didn’t have time to during the year. I relate it to The Quickening (Click here, here, here, here, & here).
I’ve recently started studying Anthony Robbins’ philosophy. I really vibe with the ones where he talks about limiting beliefs we place on ourselves. After listening to him, I can see that I’ve set limits on myself because I didn’t think I deserved more.
Since school ended I’ve been in such an introspective mood. I’ve been in such a positive sense of expectancy. I’m happy that this sense of expectancy has returned because I stopped having a positive sense of expectancy after experiencing hard times in life. I can remember having great expectations when I was younger. I would be in such a state because I knew that something good was going to happen. I just didn’t know what. Well, somewhere along the way I stopped being in a state of expectancy and I started being or having a sense of dread because that’s all that seemed to be happening in my life. Instead of continuing with being ME & being in a state of positive expectancy, I sidetracked myself & changed my life and my positive sense of self expectancy for the worse.
However, after listening to Anthony Robbins lately, I’m discovering how to get back to where I came from when I stayed in a state of positive expectancy.
Here are 10 empowering beliefs that will change your life:
- The past does not equal the future.
- There is always a way if I’m committed.
- There are no failures, only outcomes- as long as I learn something, I’m succeeding.
- If I can’t, I must. If I must, I can. *
- Everything happens for a reason and a purpose that serves me.
- I find great joy in little things…a smile… a flower… a sunset
- I give more of myself to others than anyone expects.
- I create my own reality and I am responsible for what I create.
- If I’m confused, I’m about to learn something.
- Everyday above ground is a great day.
I’m going to spend the next year meditating on this! Bye for now!
Are you looking for an easier way to explain the Woodcock-Johnson scores to your student’s parents?
Well, I was! That’s when I had a brilliant idea and decided to graph the scores. I’m not sure why I never graphed them before. It would have made my life so much easier when it’s time to explain the Woodcock-Johnson scores.
This was sorely needed because so many times, at the IEP meeting, parents are “talked at” and overloaded with so much information. I can’t speak for the parents and say that they don’t understand, but the blank look sometimes says it all. I like this graph because the parents can see and hear the information.
I got the idea while planning lessons for my students who need simultaneous auditory & visual input. By graphing the scores, parents are able to see and hear the information for themselves, at a glance. Not only that, the graph saves about 10 minutes of explanation.
Here’s a mock up of READING scores from the WJIV. I also graphed WRITING & MATH scores. The first & last score (90-110) are just an illustration to show the AVERAGE range.
You can use any color you’d like. These are the colors I used:
|Standard Score Range
|131 and above
|121 to 130
|111 to 120
||High Average (Black)
|90 to 110
|80 to 89
||Low Average (Green)
|70 to 79
||Low (Borderline) (Blue)
|69 and below
||Very Low (Red) (Significantly Below Average)
***I didn’t choose any colors for Superior & Very Superior because I have not yet had students score at this level.***
There are many sites where you can create graphs. Here’s the site I used: https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/classic/
Let me know if this will work for you! Bye for now!
I’m doing research to fill gaps in my knowledge. One particular curiosity I discovered is that ADHD & Sensory Processing can often be confused with each other.
I’m going to research and write a post when I’m finished. Here are some of the articles I’m using for my research. Enjoy!
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/793.html (Sensory Processing or ADHD?)
http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/01/sensory-processing-disorder-or-adhd/ (Sensory Processing or ADHD?)
http://www.webmd.com/children/features/the-truth-about-sensory-processing-disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder)
http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2014-4-28-how-sensory-processing-issues-affect-kids-school (Sensory Processing)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149116/ (Sensory Processing Problems in Children with ADHA, A Systematic Review)
I work at a Blended Learning School. It’s a format that combines technology with traditional learning. When I took the job I was so out of my league. However I issued myself a challenge to get into that league. CHALLENGE: Learn and incorporate as much technology into the classroom as possible within the next couple of months. At the time I was hired, I hadn’t used much technology in the classroom except my classroom blog and iFilm.
However, I knew at this school I had to step up my game. So, I did! I accepted the challenge. Not only that, I saw the challenge and upped the ante a bit.
Usually, I can’t see my progress as it’s happening. However, in an earlier post, I briefly wrote about my Quickening process (click here). I also wrote about some of the programs I was using (click here). If I can think of anything else, I’ll post it. For now, here are the programs I’ve learned.
- Kahoot! online quiz program that automatically compiles correct & incorrect answers for me,
- Edmodo to post my power points, make quizzes, and display instructions,
- Haiku, used by our SpEd. department,
- Pinnacle to take roll & track grades,
- Class Dojo for behavior management,
- my school website to upload digital agendas,
- my other school website to download important documents & answer PD surveys,
- Google docs,
- Google sheets,
- Google forms,
- Google slides
- Online stopwatch for tracking time,
- Weebly website to post links and work from core classes.
Not sure, but I think that’s all. One last thing I’m very proud of is how I’m using Google sheets to make my exit slips for the month. I was using Google forms to send them daily, but discovered it was quickly filling up my Google drive and causing too much work for me. I knew I needed to find an easier and more efficient way to get the job done. I played around with Google sheets and figured out how to do it. Happy to say that I’m no longer creating daily exit slips; I’m now creating them monthly. If you’d like to know how, shoot me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever heard of a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? If you haven’t, then I am about to explain it. A Growth Mindset is a good thing to have. It’s a belief that you can make a difference.
The flip side of this is a Fixed Mindset where you believe that your path is fixed and you cannot make a change.
Here is a Tedx Talk by Edward Briceño. I’m having a little trouble posting it, so just in case it doesn’t show up here’s the website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc
Here’s a link to explain the Common Core standards in a nutshell, in about 3 minutes. Enjoy!