Monday, January 20, 2014

Financial Literacy

National Theatre for Children coming to BC MS on 2/19/2014

Mad About Money II  teaches the importance of saving, investing and financial literacy through a fun experience.

On February 19, 2014 our Middle School students will learn about financial literacy through four comical and informative sketches.  At the beginning of each scene a National Theatre actor will interact with our audience and get some information that will be used during the sketch, such as student's favorite band or something they have always dreamed of having. This information will be interjected into the scene and may even be the point of the sketch or the basis of a character!

Students will learn:  

  • wages minus deductions equals take home pay
  • saving and investing always have some risks involved
  • don't let advertisers make your decisions
  • financial choices affect your future
We look forward to learning from the presentation:)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ms. Meyer would be impressed

Those of us who had the fortune of having Miss Meyer as a Business Instructor at Benton Community High School might remember how quickly she walked the halls of the East Wing.  As I type this blog post, my fingers automatically default to "home row" and I hear her saying those words in my head.  I know my keyboarding skills are better due to her efforts in the connection between my fingers and brain.  (Thanks Miss Meyer!)

Remembering Miss Meyer brings me to today's blog post.  One of our 8th graders created a video where Miss Meyer would be eating dust and the student in the video might have earned a demerit from Miss Meyer for moving so quickly in the halls.  I love this student's creativity and with her permission you can now see her creative efforts and her friends speed.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Learning in the Middle School

I have the pleasure of working with some very devoted educators:)

In September of 2013, part of our MS/HS staff attended a training on RtI (Response to Intervention).  RtI is a way of thinking about how educators can ensure each student receives the time and support needed to achieve success.  In order for RtI to be effective, work must be shared among collaborative teacher teams and schoolwide teams.  Together, the entire school assumes responsibility for the learning of every student.  RtI is based on four essential guiding principles of collective responsibility, concentrated instruction, convergent assessment and access.

Based on our learning from September, our Middle School Staff has been piloting a system of RtI during second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.  Our model is based on the RtI guiding principles to ensure our students understand the essential concepts being taught in each of our classrooms.

Our goal is to see increased student achievement based on the practices of RtI being implemented within our Middle School.  Below is our December calendar of extended learning opportunities we have implemented and share with students.  We'll keep you posted on the outcomes of our pilot program.

Life Skills

My mom taught me many things that were reinforced at school.  One of them was sewing.  I absolutely love going into our 8th grade exploratory and seeing our students learn some of the skills that my former teachers and mother taught me in regards to sewing.  The skills students learn will help them in life -- and potentially in future career options:)

Below are a few of pictures I took of sewing happening in the MS/HS:
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When the Iowa winter weather served up a dose of "no school today" back in the 70's my mom found respite care from all of 10 of her children by sewing.  She made many outfits for my sisters and me.  Each outfit was a different color -- but all the same style.  We loved every outfit she made for us and with me being the youngest of the three oldest girls -- I got to wear those outfits for years!  

Last winter I created a respite opportunity for myself  by creating a t-shirt quilts and putting those rusty sewing skills to work.  Those of you who have or had children in school know there is an abundance of opportunities to purchase t-shirts for all types of events.  I made quilts for each of our daughters out of their own t-shirts and then I made one for my husband and I out of the t-shirts that we were fortunate enough to wear during state track meets.  I know everyday I thank my parents and former teachers for their "work" in teaching me the skills I utilize each day, whether that is at home or at school:)
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