I feel it is very important to show gratitude to those who do for us. I try to show others gratitude on a regular basis (but not so much that it becomes disingenuous). As a teacher I try to teach children that they should show gratitude to their teachers, parents and friends for the things they do to help them out.
Showing a lack of gratitude looks like people are taking things for granted. It won't take long before others lose their motivation. Generally, people don't do things for the accolades, but a simple 'thank you' is all most need to keep going.
This is a great article you might be interested in:
The play deficit
Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up
Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. If you do not celebrate this holiday, well, Happy Day Off!
I also want to recognize all those people, young and old, who are not fortunate enough to celebrate holidays in desired fashion because of life's circumstances. I know how difficult holidays can be. It's not always possible to be with loved ones or put a meal on the table. Please think of and help out others less fortunate if you can. We sometimes wind up in situations as a result of actions within or beyond our control, but nevertheless we wind up there.
I hope you all have a great day. See you at school tomorrow!
Well, it's been a while since I've checked in, but I thought I'd drop a line.
So, it's been a very busy September (as usual). We have so much going on at our great school...soccer, cross country, academic groups, music, band, peer helpers, safety patrol, and more! What a great school.
Thank you to all the people who make these things possible: staff and students and parents are all responsible for the things that go on at Franklin. Being such a small school, it takes the commitment of a lot of people to make things move. It is great to work with such wonderful students, parents and staff!
The library will be open each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from about 8:15 (usually earlier). Parents and students are welcome to come in and enjoy the space. This is a great time for many students to catch up on homework and complete assignments (especially my computer assignments). Parents, please come in and check out your child's work, help them with homework, or enjoy reading with them.
For those of you do not know, my personal website is: www.mrsmithsplace.com Here you can find links to many different pieces of information, links and ideas. The website that is used to post all assignments for each division is: franklinsd39.weebly.com
I will try to update more frequently. As usual, if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to drop me a line on my contact page, or come in to see me at Franklin.
Cheers for now!
Well, we won the competitive division. Went undefeated for the weekend! What a great group of guys. Great attitude and we played very well.
So, in an earlier post I mentioned that I would have to play with a former teammate who has been very disrespectful to me over the past year or so. He decided that he would be better off to play for a team that he thought was better than his regular team. Well, I played with his regular team, and we won...he didn't. I guess the grass isn't always greener! It was probably a very good thing for our team that he didn't play, because his negative energy and attitude are very strong; it could have very easily affected the team's performance in a negative way. (Just a side note, he also sponsors the team he chose to leave.)
So, what's the point? Being a good teammate means sticking with a group you are committed to. This guy played league all season with one team, then jumped ship to join another that he thought was better...bad teammate. Commitment is important to being part of a team, club, squad, family, class, staff, or whatever... so honour your commitments, stick with your teammates, and make the group stronger by supporting one another. Team sports, good coaches and good parents teach us these things.
So, yesterday I played with a new team for the first time. I know most of these guys from other leagues, but some of them I don't know at all. It was really fun to play with them because they all have good attitudes. They want to win, but winning isn't everything. They supported each other no matter what...and that's the point!
In baseball, a batting average of 300 is quite good, but in slo-pitch a batting average of 300 is terrible. You need to bat somewhere around 600 in competitive men's ball. This may seem easy to those who don't actually play, but it's not. Point: you can't be perfect all the time. You cannot bat 1000. Sometimes you fly out, ground out, or hit a lousy dribbler to the pitcher, and it sucks, but no one will feel worse than the guy who hit that lousy out. And sometimes it is an important at-bat, and it hurts the team if you can't pull through, but as a teammate, you cannot get down on that person for their failure. You need to build them up, tell them it's ok, and that they will get the next one. If you tear them down, you will only hurt that person's confidence and the team's performance.
This team that I am playing with this weekend builds up. They do not tear down. It seems all too often in our modern cyber world that we are very quick and ready to tear down. For a simple example, just go to any forum or comment board and you will find people who do nothing but make negative comments and are hurtful for no other reason than, they can. Go to any YouTube video and you will likely find negative comments about the hard work someone has put into producing a piece of work that they have spent hours creating. Why do they do that? Because they can. My guess is that these types of people have a lot of problems, but I also feel that they have not learned to respect others. Sports can help you learn that respect. And respect doesn't have to mean you like them, or agree with them, but you respect their efforts and abilities for what they are.
Team sports can teach us to be good teammates, build people up, and not tear them down, help them reach their potential while they help us reach ours.
So, today I am going to play in a provincial tournament with a team that invited me out to join them. That is exciting, and I'm happy that I get to play with a friend whom I haven't seen much of this year. He is a super guy: in fact, he is one of the best people I know. That's the great part...
The not-so-great part is that I have to play with a former teammate from my competitive mens team. He left the team for his own personal reasons, one of which included him choosing to blame particular players on our team for its lack of success; I happened to be one of those people in his mind.
So, here's the lesson in from sports that transfers into real life: You won't always like or respect the people you work/play with, and they might not like you, but you will have to work/play with them, regardless.
I have to play with this guy today, and I am not happy that he has thrown me under the bus and disrespected me, but while we are on the field this weekend I will play ball with him and be a good, supportive teammate. Why? Because it is what is best for the team.
Team work is important to part of any collective, whether social, work, sports or anything else, you have to be a good teammate. You don't have to like your teammates (although it clearly helps on many levels), but you have to work with them for the betterment of the team.
So, I am going to talk about something that I have believed my whole life: Sports teaches us lessons for life.
There are many people who feel that sports, particularly team sports, are a waste of time. I cannot tell you how much I disagree with them. There are so many lessons we learn from sports that transfer into our daily social, personal and work lives. Children need to participate in sports or athletic events to learn things like: sharing, turn-taking, individual sacrifice, sportsmanship, cooperation, camaraderie, winning and losing, team dynamics, personal growth, and more.
It has always been my contention that a team is stronger than an individual. I feel that in today's society we are losing the 'us' and are too concerned about the 'me'. At least, this is my observation in the urban setting. I have lived in the city of Vancouver for about 5 years now. Before that I have lived in more rural settings. My experience has been that in the rural setting, neighbours care more about each other, and are willing to be your friend. In Vancouver, I feel that people are far more reluctant to be friendly, and even less willing to extend themselves. This concerns me.
As a PE teacher, I have seen far too many children that cannot function without adult guidance and supervision. Remember when we were kids? I went out on Saturday morning, after my chores were done, to meet with my five friends. We made our own fun. We used our imaginations, built forts, went swimming and biking, fell down, got in fights, got stung by bees, and laughed a ton... and we survived!
I will leave this for now, but I want to carry this on in a series of posts. Let me know your thoughts. Maybe you've had different experiences.
Summer is almost over...time to prepare for school.
I have been continuing to read Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, by Hargraves and Fullan. That was our professional book club book this year. We are going to meet one more time in September, debrief the last chapters and begin a new book for the coming year. We certainly hope that others will join our little group this year.
My personal interest lies within the realms of personal-professional growth and collaborative teaching. I believe that individuals with a strong motivation towards professional development (personally) will work well with others who share similar desires. Hence, I am beginning to read Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work, by DuFour, DuFour, Eaker and Many. I am hoping that this resource will act as a guide for developing a Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Franklin. I am also reading Getting Started: Reculturing Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities, by DuFour, DuFour and Eaker, with the hope of understanding how to create a PLC.
I will do my best to keep things up to date. I don't know if anyone reads this blog, but if you do, and you have any questions or comments, please drop me
Well, it is the last week of school. The kids are excited. I sure with there was some sun for our last few days though. I am excited for the summer, but will miss the kids. It's a great time of year and the relationships that we have with our students make our jobs so rewarding.
I hope you all have a great summer. I will put up some posts throughout the summer as I continue to learn and read myself.
If any intermediate students want to go to summer school, I am teaching at Grandview. I am doing a computer course and Reading, Writing and Sports.
Good luck tomorrow night to all our grads!