Friday, January 29, 2016

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