Shout-out to all the administrative professionals!
Let’s face it - where would your school be without them?
Monday is National Zucchini Bread day. Maybe you can make a loaf to celebrate your favorite secretary on Wednesday.
QUOTE: "Apathy is the self-defense of the powerless." ~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Apathy literally means ‘without feeling’. That’s just not healthy since humans are emotional beings.
I’ve been receiving a lot of emails and comments recently about student apathy.
My initial thoughts: I saw a quote recently that apathy is a learned behavior. Is it? Could it be a natural result - the easy road - from too much or too little for too long? Feel free to email me your thoughts.
People care and work for what is meaningful to them. Is school one of these things?
Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Safety and security come from structure and real (as in non-digital, imho) relationships.
Helpers can’t help if their basic needs aren’t being met.
This week, try this: Start small. Instead of trying to create an end-of-the-year extravaganza, what about taking the time to circle the desks and have an open conversation about things like, “What are you afraid of?” “What brings you comfort?”
Today is Leg Day!
Mobility is key to a healthy life. Make sure you keep your legs - front, back, upper, lower - flexible and strong. Studies show that mobility prevents disability.
EDUCATOR RESOURCE: Student Engagement Strategies: Encouraging Behavioral, Emotional, and Cognitive Engagement in Your Course. Focusing on student engagement is one way to decrease apathy in the classroom. This article gives ideas plus 9 more free articles on the subject.
DAD JOKE: A limbo champion walks into a bar. They are disqualified.
Have a great week!
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