A few mid-semester ‘housekeeping’ notes:
The days are turning breezy! Please be sure your students arrive at school with a warm sweater and/or jacket. Mornings that start off sunny and warm can quickly turn breezy in the afternoon, so please insist that your students bring their coats to school!
Lost and Found
There is a Lost and Found bin in the hallway at school, located right next to the drinking fountain. Students can check there at any point for misplaced items.
The Pokemon Craze!
I wanted to share with you our philosophy on trends such as Pokemon cards, so that you know how we as staff are managing student interactions throughout the day.
As many of you know, these cards are incredibly popular right now with students! When this trend first began, we as teachers sat down together and discussed a unified approach to how we would respond. Should we allow students to bring them to school? What about the inevitable distraction they might provide, or conflicts they could lead to?
We decided to allow students to continue bringing Pokemon cards even though such 'prized' items can create some drama. But drama is inevitable when kids are learning to interact with each other, and we would rather it happen under our supervision where we can teach life lessons to the students in real time. For example, in bartering Pokemon cards students must learn to go slow and consider a trade carefully before making a committed decision. They also have to practice responsibility to keep their cards on their person if they don’t want to lose them! If they do come into a disagreement with another student, it gives them a chance to share their situation with a teacher and get help in taking perspective.
An initial rule communicated to students was that if a Pokemon card was found lying on the ground and no one knew whose it was, the student who found it could keep it. Recently, that rule has led to students becoming a little too eager to grab cards up, when perhaps their owner only set them down momentarily. But these kinds of incidents have allowed for beneficial class discussions about abiding by the spirit of the law and not just the ‘letter’.
I hope that you are able to continue these kinds of discussions with your students at home, and that they prove valuable life lessons.