We hope you have been enjoying the three-day weekend, as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and remember his legacy of supporting civil rights and peaceful problem-solving. It's not only our students at Dryden who have been digging deeply into their learning. Our staff and parents have been learning a lot as well!
What a great discussion the fifth grade students are having as they research the costs and impacts of space exploration. They are thinking globally about "cost" in terms of money, human life, time, etc. It will be interesting to see if any students' views change as they read and research different sources.
These fourth graders also had a great discussion as they attempted to discover multiplication equations whose product equals 499. They used many strategies, such as trial-and-error, division, repeated addition and estimation.
School Social Worker, Mrs. Thompson, met with our PTA to teach them about Zones of Regulation and the strategies our students and staff use to help identify emotions and empathize, and to help one another be in the "green zone" for optimal learning. We greatly appreciate the interest and support from our parents in our school's use of the common language and strategies. This consistency is so helpful to our students.
Advanced Learning Facilitator, Mrs. Wasik, led our staff in reading and discussing this article about mindset. During this activity we had a lot of fun trying new and different tasks and reflecting on the self-talk and strategies we encountered in trying to learn something new. We highlighted that in addition to effort and attitude, looking for and trying new and different strategies helps us learn when we are stuck. We gleaned some powerful insights from one another that will help guide our personal goal-setting as well as our goal-setting with students as we dive into this new year of learning, 2017!