Monday, November 26, 2018

Nov. 27, 2018 - Talkin' Tuesdays

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Today is TEACHER TALKIN TUESDAY where we see that our school family of teachers, staff, and administrators care 
about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School!

And, where we will take a Positive moment each week to 
"Talk It Out"
and discuss discoveries and important student issues.

Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  

Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways in the HALLWAY!  

Any questions?  Here are the Hallway Expectations.  Let's talk about them:

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov.  27th!! For each "Teacher Talkin' Tuesday" in Positive Actions, we will meet a new member of our school family community that cares about YOU!  

As we listen to our school family share their dreams, how hard they worked/studied, when they were little, stories of their life, and how Positive Actions helped them, we learn a little more about each other.  Discovering about each other's life helps us to understand why and how we become who we are.

Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott where we will get to meet someone special!  Listen to Mr. Beckman share a simple PAWsitive Action he does every morning..... 

Maybe YOU remember Mr. Beckman?  He is the principal at Widmeyer Elementary.  What did he say his Positive Action was that day???  
Since we are returning to school from a looooong break, Mrs. Hott wants YOU to SMILE too!  
Try it!  I promise you will feel positive, like Mr. Beckman.

Hahahahaha!  (I like the baby smile!)

YOUR student assets are what will help you succeed here at school and as you grow up.  When we learn more about our teachers and staff, it helps to create a caring school climate, which is an essential external developmental asset. 

So, guess what that means?!  Your teachers also want to learn more about YOU too!  For Positive Actions each Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to share something new about yourself with your teacher and classmates.  It is "Talk It Out Time!"  Each week, we will share one brand spanking new thing about our self.

Here is what Mrs. Hott wants you to do each week.  I will give you a completely different topic, and you will share with your teacher and friends something brand new or unknown about yourself!  Just watch the discoveries...we may find that someone in our class we don't know very well may have something in common with us!  Or, we may be completely and crazily different.  And, guess what?!...That is A-OK!  It is a Positive Action to learn about our community's likes and respect each other's differences.

So, for today's "Talk It Out," are you ready?  Here is our discovery question:

"Who is your hero? (a real person)"

Wait, that's not so hard, right?  But once you have decided who your  hero is, I want you to also include WHY he/she is your favorite real person hero.  What special thing did this person do?  Why do you love this individual?

I'll go first.  Hi!  My name is Mrs. Hott.  My favorite real person hero is, daughter, Violet! I think she is my hero because her heart - and brain - inspire not only me, but others.  Before I tell you more, just looooook at this cutie pie!
Oh wait!!! That wasn't the picture for which I was looking.  (Goodness sakes, don't tell Violet I showed you!) But oh my, check out those curls.  I remember this day, and see that ginormous smile and chubby cheeks?  Well, she sure looks the same to me...just a little taller these days.

See here:
Violet Hott, holding a real brain at Brown University, Summer 2016.

When Violet was born, she spent many extra nights in the hospital.  She sure scared her daddy and me.  Now, she will soon graduate from Berkeley Springs High School.  Violet, while a student, spent two summers attending pre-college classes at Brown University.

Here, you see her holding a real brain!  She studied neuroscience.  In 2017, Violet returned to take a class about becoming a doctor.  Violet LOVES science!  She even enjoyed shadowing a doctor in an emergency room, watching surgical procedures, and...get this... the cadaver lab.  (ewe, right!).  

Violet is my hero because she is not only interested in science, but she also cares for other students in Morgan County!  She started the Cougar Club at the high school that comes to WSIS for buddy day!  

Pretty awesome, right?  Now, it's YOUR turn!  When you are ready to share, raise your hand then tell us YOUR favorite real hero and why!

That was awesome too!  You ALL just did a positive action by sharing something about yourself.  It is positive because it helps us to better understand each other. 

To close, we will finish Talkin Tuesdays with a chance for you to share something important with your teacher.  Is there something you feel like "if my teacher only knew...." it would help her/him understand you better?  What is new this week you can tell your teacher?  For example, if my teacher knew how hard I tried or I really did do my best on our spelling words, you may feel more positive!  Or, if my teacher only knew why I was late again, maybe she/he can help me, etc.

In your Positive Action folder, you will find a Talk It Out Tuesday page.  Here, write one thing down you wish your teacher knew about your week.  Sometimes it helps to get our thoughts together when we write it down.  And, if you need to talk later, just ask your teacher, parent, friend, Mr. Elias, or Mrs. Hott by saying "May I please share a "talk it out" with you?"

Remember, sometimes our negative thoughts can turn positive just by telling or sharing with another person!  It is a Positive Action to "peacefully resolve our conflicts" too with others at home, school, and our community.  "Talking it out" starts with one student at a time...and that is.....


WSIS Cougars who talk it out 
can change the world!

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