Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

At the end of the school year I need to see how much progress each student has made. The assessments, streamlined though they are, still take time and command a large share of my attention. They seem to leave little time for blogging. I've still got a ways to go and only a week left!

I am pleased with the progress of the class. It is gratifying to see the children read 100 words, those that can.

The Toolbox theme this week is Courage. Tonight's homework is for your child to teach you the gesture that signifies courage.

We talked about courage in class today. I define courage as, "Feeling afraid, but doing the right thing anyway." Courage is the opposite of allowing fear to control you. We talked about jobs that require courage. Students identified iron workers who build bridges, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and soldiers as occupations that require courage.

Everyone immediately understands courage in the physical sense. Toolbox encourages us to think about courage in the social and psychological realms. For example, it takes courage to be friendly to a social outcast. Courage is required to stand up to a friend who is bullying or teasing someone else.

Tomorrow my son, James, will visit the classroom. It's been quite a while since he's visited here and I'm excited to have him spend the morning here with us.

Be well.

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