It’s good to be back into the swing of things, though I think for some of us (self included), our bodies are still in vacation mode. I find it usually takes a week or so to slide back into routines. That said, it was a very positive start to the week, as evidenced by the favourable Class Dojo reports. (I’m away at a workshop so that would explain the zero points for today.)
In the event you missed it, the January Newsletter was posted on Monday. Have a look to see what lies ahead. There is a short note about report cards that’s worth peeking at.
Speaking of report cards, next Friday is a PA Day for students while us teachers hammer away at assessment and evaluation. This morning, I read an article written by a private school teacher in the UK and it focused on the pressure placed on children to get A grades. It’s more of a rant than a professional piece but the last paragraph offers some good advice in the last paragraph. You can connect to the article here, just be forewarned of the lax British vernacular in some parts. Personally, I’d like to do away with grades altogether. Nevertheless, to cite my favourite quote of all time, “The race isn’t always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.” Success isn’t always determined by the highest mark, or by coming in first place. Ok, enough philosophical talk for one Friday!
Yesterday we did our first Mannequin Challenge as a whole class. This trend has been buzzing around the Internet since the Fall. I have to pair the clip with some music but keep your eyes open in the next couple of days for the video’s release. Next week, the class will be split in half and will choreograph their own mannequin challenge.
Have a wonderful weekend!