During my classroom visits a few Fridays ago, I was struck by the number of students who enjoy the learning process with their teachers. Oddly enough, students would be smiling while a teacher was demonstrating/solving an upper level physics problem, while watching students presentations in Spanish or while watching me squirm when asked about Organic Chemistry (I always defer these to my wife who makes me look rather smart). I just returned to my desk after watching the Thursday, 7th Period, passing period from the Commons where I noticed the abundance of smiles all around. Smiles are a great way to check on the health of students and staff on a campus. This is one expression that is very difficult to hide and mask. At least for right now, we are having a fine day at Westlake High School. One of my goals is to have our students and staff smile when asked about their day to day experience at WHS. It’s always a great day to be a ……………….! I bet you just smiled a little completing that sentence.
Please be mindful of the following brief articles as supplied to us by our SEL folks.
Parents and Teachers of the Chaps:
This semester we will be concentrating on one competency per month. This month we will focus on Self-Awareness and Reflection.
Self-Awareness/Reflection TIP 1: In order to help your Chap practice better self-regulation skills and become more self-aware, “discuss ways to prioritize and sequence” electronic communication. Multitasking may interfere with performance. Helping your child develop strategies to prioritize electronic communication can reduce interruptions and support the growth of executive functioning skills. “Executive Functioning Activities for Adolescents”, provides “suggestions for helping teens practice better self-regulation throughout the daily challenges they face”. Click HERE for more on this. And HERE for an article from Harvard's Center for the Developing Child.
Self-Awareness/Reflection TIP 2: Help your teenager develop good study skills by teaching your child (the following is an excerpt from “Regulating the Teenage Mind”):
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections