Every year, the school districts call all the staff members back for a meeting of some sort. Usually it's way too long and includes some introductions, some business, and some inspiration. This year, a video of Dalton Sherman, an inspiring 11-year-old boy, was played at our staff meeting. Get a box of tissue and let this amazing kid move you to believe that you are everything that every child needs. Make this school year the best ever.
Need a dose of inspiration? Let Dalton Sherman knock your socks off with his words of wisdom. Video courtesy of YouTube.
Another resource that has inspired me to go further for my students is the blog, Books That Heal Kids. It's written by Roxanne, an elementary school counselor who practices "bibliotherapy" â the use of books and literature to help counsel.
As a teacher, I am always trying to connect kids with literature. When difficult situations arise at school, I look for books that will give kids insight into how to handle different situations and explain concepts like friendship and loyalty in an easily accessible format. A good book launches great discussions and plants a seed that will bloom into good character and good learning.
On Books That Heal Kids, Roxanne tackles tough issues like bullying and tolerance through the use of books. She reviews the books, tells what areas the books address, and offers suggestions about grade level appropriateness. The navigation bar on the left side lists all the subjects for which she has recommended books. For instance, I found an awesome resource about a huge problem in 2nd grade, tattletales: Don't Squeal Unless It's A Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales. This site is invaluable for any grade level. Check it out and enjoy!
Then join me next week when I post about making your Back to School Night and Conference Week easy, painless, and successful.