Curriculum News & Resources

Whole Body Listening

posted Oct 31, 2017, 11:16 AM by Patricia McGilvray

What is Whole Body Listening ?
It is more than just "hearing" with the ears.  It includes:
     *listening with the eyes (looking at the speaker)
     *listening with the ears (both ears ready to hear)
     *listening with the mouth (quiet - no talking, humming or making sounds)
     *listening with the hands (quietly at the side of the body or in the lap)
     *listening the the feet (standing still or quietly on the floor)
     *listening with the body (facing the speaker)
     *listening with the brain (thinking about what the speaker is saying)
     *listening with the heart (caring about what the speaker is saying)

Respectful Weston Communicators

posted Oct 31, 2017, 11:13 AM by Patricia McGilvray

In health class, grade 1 and grade 2 students learned how to be "Respectful Weston Communicators".  

Mrs. Hahn, Ms. Hodgdon and Mrs. McGilvray teamed up to help students learn the importance of communication.
Students practiced making eye contact, saying a greeting,  having a conversation by staying on topic and taking turns.  After ending their conversations they needed to practice giving each other a farewell.

Greetings (who, where, how and why=respect and welcoming in our learning environment)
How to start and have a conversation (eye contact, body control, on topic, taking turns)
Farewells (ending a conversation, or saying goodbye) 

Happy communicating!

Parent/ Student/ Teacher Talk Time...

posted Oct 26, 2017, 7:03 AM by Patricia McGilvray

Choose one or two of the following prompts to ask your child/student at the end of each day.  This will help to build school - home conversations.

*Teach me something you learned today.  Pretend you are the teacher and I'm you.
*Tell me how you were a flexible learner today.
*What skill did you learn today that you think you will need for your career?  How will you use it?
*Tell me about a mistake you made today.  What did you learn from it?
*Tell me about a responsible choice you made today.  What happened because of it?
*Why did you choose the book you are reading?  Tell me what you enjoy about it.
*What problem did you have today and how big was that problem.  (Big, Little, Glitch)?
*What skill did you practice in Math today?  How do you plan to get better at it?
*What is one fun thing you did today?

Flexible vs. Fixed Mindset

posted Apr 21, 2016, 7:25 AM by Lizabeth MacDonald   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 9:38 AM by Patricia McGilvray ]

     In health class, Mrs. McGilvray and Ms. Hodgdon are teaching students about how to be flexible in their thinking.

How were you a flexible learner today?

*Describe a new strategy you learned.

*Tell a _____ word you learned and what it means.

*Describe a mistake you made and what you learned from it.

*Explain how you challenged yourself today.

*Tell about something you noticed today and how it helped you solve a problem.

Flexible                              vs.           Fixed

I will do my best work. It's good enough.

I'll keep trying. This is too hard. I'm done!

I'll learn from my mistakes. I made a mistake.

This will take some time and effort. I'm not good at this.

What am I missing? I can't make this any better!


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