Frog Kissing withTiffany Cooke
Ever feel like a frogFrogs feel slow, low, ugly, puffy, drooped, pooped.The frog feeling comes when you want to be bright but feel dumb,when you want to share but are selfish,when you want to be thankful but feel resentment,when you want to be great but are small,when you want to care but are indifferent.Once upon a time there was a frog.But he wasnt really a frog.He was a prince who looked and felt like a frog.A wicked witch had cast a spell on him.Only the kiss of a beautiful maiden could save him.But since when do cute chicks kiss frogs?So there he sat, unkissed prince in frog form.But miracles happen.One day a beautiful maiden grabbed him up, and gave him a big smack.Crash! Boom! Zap!There he sat, a handsome prince.And you know the rest.They lived happily ever afterSo, what is the task of schools?To kiss frogs, of course!- Anonymous
PhysicallyThey are growing very fast and they know it! They grow erratically across different areas of developmentThey are awkward and clumsy
SociallyThey need to belong to their chorus of peersThey are searching for their place in the worldThey are forming, questioning, and reforming their identitiesThey want to fit in with everyone else but still be uniquely themselves
EmotionallyThey are vulnerable They are self-conscious and think everyone is staring at themTheir mood swings are unpredictable even to themselves
MorallyThey are idealisticThey want to make a difference in the worldThey struggle between knowing the right thing to do and doing it
IntellectuallyThey are self-absorbed but idealistic, so they want to know how everything applies to themselvesThey are capable of critical and complex thinkingThey are motivated by challenging work, but shut down when frustratedThey are curious about the world and issues they see as important to themselves
PhysicalComfortable with many ways to sitStress area with cartoons, bubbles, art paperMirror full lengthA place for their art work
Classroom/ Team Spirit and Unity
Team namesTeam pointsTeam rewardsTeam rolesClass meetings
Celebrate Every Day
Survival KitEnd Yr Letters opoly
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Add students names to worksheets, PowerPoints, story problems, etc.Personal Greeting High 5, knuckles, shake hands, pat on back, etc.
Building Student Rapport
The 3 RsRightsResponsibilityRespect
First Days Together: Costumes
First Days Together - Introductions
Oompa-loompa doopedy deeIf you are wise, youll listen to me.Oompa-loompa doopedy dooThis advice may be helpful to you.What do you get when youre in Mrs. Cookes class?Lots of fun learning if youre up to the task.If you are good, then the good times will lastSo dont dilly-dally and get to class fast.Or you will be tardy!Oompa-loompa doopedy deeHeres some advice from you to me.Oompa-loompa doopedy dooThis little rhyme will give you a clue.I bet you wonder what will happen this year?Listen close and see theres nothing to fear.Bring a notebook, pencil, paper, and bookBeing good brings rewards from Ms. CookeSo dont get in trouble!
Oompa-loompa doopedy deeheres much to learn as you will soon see,But if you mind your ps and your qs,ou will laugh like the Oompa-loompa doopa de doos
First Days Together - Theme
First Days Together: Survival KitsMrs. Cookes 7th Grade Survival KitSunset Ridge is a fantastic new school,and the 7th graders here are ultra-cool!Imagine is the 7th grades house name,and working together, well bring it fame!Hard times might appear on some distant day,Well rise to the challenge is what we say!The Monkey will be our class mascot this year,I hope the survival kit alleviates some of your fears!The Survival Kit includes the following items:Hershey Kiss to comfort you when you are sad.Tissue to dry someones tears.Sticker - sticking with your work brings success.Star - remember to shine and always do your bestPenny - you are valuable and special.Cotton ball - our room is full of caring and kind words. Eraser - everyone makes mistakes and it is okay.Eyes Ill always keep an eye on you & keep you safe. Licorice vine - you can always come to me!!!Monkeys rule!
Time: You have 30 seconds to (Hint you actually have to watch the clock)
Graphic Organizers on wall, floor, ceiling made with yarn, colored tape Suspense Put a strange, seemingly unrelated object in the middle of the room for a day or two before its used
Koosh Ball Physical response
Task Persistence cut the assignment into piecesLaughter Laugh together every dayTake Risks Sing, dance, tell stories, admit you dont know all the answers, get out of your comfort zone and show kids that its okay to take positive risks. After all, they couldnt look stupid next to you, right?
Effective PraiseWe are uncomfortable with praise that evaluates us, so we push it away.
You are working on an assignment and ask the teacher, Is my graph okay?
Evaluating Praise: Beautiful. Very nice.My Response: Really? Or are you just saying that?Descriptive Praise: You marked all your data points, connected them with a straight line, and both your axes are clearly labeled. My Response: You are right! I can draw a good graph!
Lessons From the Swamp
Students want, and need, one adult, with an emotional attachment, who thinks they are wonderful and terrific no matter what.
Human beings will perform for the person they love. Teachers often think that kids should do it because they want to. If a person loves himself, he will do it for himself. If he does not have that high of self-esteem or belief in self, he will have to do it for someone else until the time comes that he does love himself.
Actively listen to kids complaints, demands, and compliments.
I seeI understandIm sorry
Instead of focusing on whats wrong, start with acknowledging what the student accomplished. Then point out what still needs to be done. We all benefit from having an outsider with an objective point-of-view tell us how we can do better. But before we can even consider making changes, we need to believe there is more right with us than wrong and that we have the power to fix whatever is wrong.
With time and attention, all your frogs will turn into princes and princesses.
Enjoy kissing your frogs!