We recently had our “Expert Fair” writing celebration and the quality of the students’ writing was phenomenal! It has been impressive to see these students have a crystal-clear vision of their informational writing goals, and work each day toward achieving those goals. These goals focused on the big elements of structure, development, and language conventions.
We will travel back in time to study Ancient Rome in the coming weeks. Students will be learning about Roman history in a rough chronological order: founding, kingdom, republic, empire, and decline. Art and engineering will be incorporated into our learning, and we will celebrate with a culmination in February.
This week in mindfulness, we spent some time talking about setting intentions for the year, just as one establishes a New Year’s resolution. Each student wrote their intention on a tag, keeping it visible so they can continue to focus their energy on “feeding” their positive intention. We discussed the below quote to help children understand the power of intention:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”