Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Middle School Leader in Me

Since the first week of school the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students have benefited from learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People once a week during an enrichment course. The course is team taught by Mr. Smolen, Rabbi Traiger, and Sheila Barbach. Having a dedicated period each week enhances the emphasis given to utilizing the 7 Habits in other classes. The course curriculum includes direct instruction on the 7 Habits, using a workbook and student journal along with experiential, project-based learning. The most recent sessions involved team-building and a cooperative learning activity that taught the students how to use the 7 Habits to actively and cooperatively participate on a Learning Team. They practiced important 21st century skills including effective communication, consensus building, and time management. As the school year progresses, all students will be able to experience how using the 7 Habits improves their academic achievement and helps them reach their personal goals.

Habit Four Fun!

Nursery 3 - Working on Habit 4 - Think Win-Win, the children created a Class Tree - where they are tracking all their acts of kindness.

Connecting Math to Leader in Me

Mrs. Bloomberg's 6th grade math class discussed what being proactive means to them in their math studies. They used the following quote as a springboard for the discussion:

"Between what happens to us and our response is a space. In that space lies our power and freedom to choose our response."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Focusing on Habit 1: Be Proactive

Be Proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first. Be Proactive says, “I am in charge of my own life. I am responsible for whether I am happy or sad. I can choose how I react to other people or situations. I am in the driver’s seat.” Young children can easily learn to understand that different choices yield different results. The goal is to teach them to think about those results before they decide what to do.
Over the last two weeks GBDS teachers and students focused on the first habit. “What will you do in the moment of choice?” is an important question for all of us to consider. Our students and teachers hold discussions about focusing on taking care of ourselves and our things, reacting or not reacting to others’ behavior, planning ahead, and thinking about what the right thing to do is. Whenever a student recognizes a moment when they are using Habit 1, they write that moment down and post it on a bulletin board in the upstairs hallway. Children in Early Childhood are also writing down their proactive moments and displaying them in the Early Childhood hallway.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Launching Leadership

Teachers spent the afternoon on November 11, learning important skills to help Leader in Me come to life at GBDS. Our school was so proud to learn that even though we are in the early stages of Leader in Me implementation, we are performing as well as a year-three school. We are extremely pleased with our students and teachers for making Leader in Me so successful and worthwhile! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Leader in Me around GBDS!

Our school showcases leadership in many ways! LIM has taken over our bulletin boards and our classrooms! 

Mission Statements: Making Focused and Accountable Leaders

Everyone has a mission at GBDS! Take a look at the mission statements created by our students!

Early Childhood Mission Statements
Nursery 2
 Nursery 3

Elementary School Mission Statements
First Grade
Second Grade

Third Grade
Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Enrichment Mission Statements 
Physical Education

Thursday, November 5, 2015

We "Carry Our Own Weather" at GBDS

Do you know what it means to "Carry Your Own Weather?"

Third and Fourth graders do! Here's what it means in the words of our students:

"Carrying your own weather means when you're mad your heart is stormy, when you're sad your heart is rainy, and when you're happy, it's sunny." Ariel Aharon Gr.3

"Carrying your own weather means to control your feelings. You control how you react to things. You could react with lots of power or little power. You control how slow or fast you react. There will always be a space between your fast and slow reaction." Jacob Pomarlen Gr.4

"I carry my weather by being proactive. I decide what I do. No-one can control my feelings." Keira Efrusy Gr.4