"I'm stupid. I'm not smart." Gosh- just writing those words brings tears to my eyes and so many memories of little 6-7 year old students saying those words to me. It was at a time when they were the most vulnerable. They usually are crying and embarrassed to tell me their feelings. Talk about heart breaking! :'(
To help eliminate these moments, I make a HUGE emphasis on first reading Leo the Late Bloomer.
If you haven't read this... I HIGHLY recommend it!
Then I make a huge emphasis on multiple intelligences. I explain that we are all smart but some things come easier to us so we need to use our types of smart to help us learn things that are a little more difficult.
I start out by sending this letter home with parents:
I'd love to share it but about 1/2 of the chart I found online about 6 years ago and have been searching for it ever since to find the original author so that I can give them credit but I haven't been able to find him/her! If you know where it originated, please let me know!
Then we make a class tree- I wish I had photos! I will take some this year when we make it!
Each year I add more choice boards for students to choose from.
Also just a reminder about my MEGA COMMON CORE giveaway! Michelle from fabulousinfirst and Rachelle from whatthe teacher wants have graciously offered to giveaway a common core item and I am giving away all of my common core items!
Click the icon to go to the entry post! :)
I'm off to the lazy river in this VEGAS heat! :)