Friday, January 29, 2016

Learning about Leadership Through History

On Martin Luther King Day, the third graders learned what it means to be a true leader... in Hebrew!  Together with Morah Zina they talked about the qualities of a good leader, as exemplified by Martin Luther King, Jr.    They discussed traits and abilities of leaders, like employing peaceful methods and being able to bring people together for a common cause.  They analyzed the leadership potential within them. The students then wrote about their own dreams for the future.

By Morah Zina

Paradigm Shifts

As part of the Leader in Me program the students are learning about paradigm shifts, which is when someone changes their thinking or belief about something.  This usually happens as a result of an event or interaction.  At the beginning of the year Mrs. Greenwald read a few books to the third and fourth graders and asked them to tell about the paradigm shifts which occurred in them.  Among the books read were: Chrysanthemum and Julius, The Baby of the World, both by the author Kevin Henkes, a wonderful children's author whose books also have great adult appeal.

In fourth grade, we are almost at the end of
 Lunch Money by Andrew Clements.  As we read the book some very interesting discussions occur. Last week one of the students suddenly realized that the main character, Greg, had experienced a paradigm shift.  It is exciting to see evidence of how the Leader in Me is helping our students to understand and identify actions and interactions in everyday life, and how the principles are becoming a natural part of their language.

By Mrs. Greenwald

Thinking Win-Win

The second and third grade classes are thinking "win-win" with Habit 4! Last week the third graders collaborated with the second graders and worked together by forming groups to brainstorm and then perform the different scenarios they had envisioned. Through this interactive activity students demonstrated their understanding of Habit 4: "Think Win'Win," which was achieved by acting out "lose-lose," "lose-win" and win-win " situations. The outcome of this exercise was incredible and their ideas were one-of-a-kind. The students now truly understand what it means to live by the golden rule, "Treat others the way you would like to be treated!"

By Ms. Merker

Monday, January 11, 2016

I can see the Leader in Me!

As part of our unit "All About Me" the pre-k class created a mirror where they could see "The Leader in Me"!

The Language of Leader in Me

It's very interesting to see how the language of Leader in Me has 'taken hold' in our school.  Today, in third grade, we were going over a reading comprehension test which the children had taken last week.  One of the stories in the test was a fable about a lazy grasshopper who watched some hardworking ants storing food for the winter, while he relaxed in the sun.  When I asked the students to tell me the message or lesson in the story, one said, "The grasshopper wasn't beginning with the end in mind,' and another said, "He didn't put first things first."  A third student said, "He should've been more proactive and helped the ants."  Steven Covey would be proud!