Second Steps

In first grade we have many really important lessons to learn.  Some of the most important ones are simply about how to be learners!

We’re lucky to have some well-designed lessons that are part of a program called Second Steps; these are part of the foundation for our work that continues in gr. 3-5 with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Every week, Mrs. Wilson comes to our room, often accompanied by her friends Puppy and Snail.

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Together they have taught us about listening with our whole bodies (including our eyes and ears and brains), how to focus (and we even have attention-scopes for this purpose!), how to use our self-talk to help us do the right thing and keep trying, and also how to be assertive (which is a GREAT BIG word for a first grader with GREAT importance).

Often there are times for students to turn-and-talk, hearing someone else’s ideas about a topic.

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Makayla and Sara share ideas with each other in a turn-and-talk conversation.

 

While I love the time during the day when Mrs. Wilson is here, the lessons she teaches and the songs we learn to help us remember the concepts, my favorite thing is when I see and hear kids applying them outside of those times!  I often see kiddos using their attention-scopes to get refocused, hear them use their self-talk to encourage themselves to try again or solve a problem and also hear them being assertive as they “ask for help out loud” (which is a line from The Learner Song we sing).

The lessons are simple, but have staying power and build a STRONG foundation for these learners.  Yay Second Steps!

One more thing…check out who showed up in our school pictures and will be in our yearbook this year!:

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Did You Bring Your GRIT?? WE DID!!

First, a moment of cute that happened last weekend:

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Don’t you just wanna squeeze those cheeks??

Ok, so back to that GRIT question…

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We are now smack-dab in the midst of state testing, so GRIT, stamina and focus are essential this week!  This is a poster hanging in our room right now to remind us to believe in ourselves, try our best and show what we know.  That’s what assessments are for, after all, right? 🙂

Here are some other motivators from around our room:

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Ms. Shifflett helped us out and got creative with paint the other day. 🙂

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Another one. 🙂

Covered up some vocabulary words with encouraging ones!

Covered up some vocabulary words with encouraging ones!

There's a calendar under there...

There’s a calendar under there…

Even Mrs. Sisul got in on the fun!  What encouraging words to remind us that we got it!

Even Mrs. Sisul got in on the fun! What encouraging words to remind us that we got it!

I have to say how PROUD I am of how much grit, stamina and focus I am seeing as my kiddos work this week!  I am seeing examples of all of the smart testing strategies we’ve been talking about in action and I KNOW that we are SHOWING WHAT WE KNOW!  PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK, RM. 202!  You are ROCKING this test!