PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Reflections + Scholastic deadline is today!

Hi everyone,
  • Scholastic orders will be submitted tonight (today is the deadline, if you wanted to order books online – flyers were sent home already) I have a book recommendations list on there, for students. Click here to order. Class code is H882F
  • School Loop grades will be active as of this upcoming Monday
  • A (lengthy) BLOG post will be posted this Sunday
I am in awe of y(our) children. I wish you could be a fly on the wall of our classroom and be able to witness the culture of thinking and collaborating that we’ve created in here. What a lovely cohort! I also want to give my students a huge appreciation, for taking their learning seriously, prioritizing school work at home, for wishing they had more Humanities class throughout their day at school. I value their ideas, I value their thinking, their participation. I value humility and being able to admit when you don’t know something or being ok with not getting it right the first time. Being vulnerable is a trait of strong and kind humans, and I care about who your children are becoming. In Albert Einstein’s words: All true learning is experience, everything else is just information.
In the meanwhile, I hope you are actively listening and talking with your children at home about what they are learning in Humanities. I told my students that the best way to tell if you are learning is if you can go home and teach someone else. Ask them about the difference between geology and geography (This week we started our Western Hemisphere S.S. inquiry), ask them about their independent reading goal and what habit they are trying to instill in themselves as a reader, ask them to talk about their writing identity (their history, their habits, where they get their ideas from etc..), ask them to teach you how to read deeply (while stopping to notice and think and question), ask them about literary devices and punctuation tools we’ve discovered while reading Tiger Rising…such as symbolism, figurative language, flashbacks, emphatic phrases, metaphors, onomatopoeia etc…more soon on the blog (with photos!)
Here’s how you can help at home:
  • Talk with your children, create a reading ritual together once a week (or a book club)
  • Go out on a writing walk together on the weekend
  • Make sure they get a good night sleep each night during the school week
  • Make sure they eat a good breakfast each morning
  • Make sure you spend time together (without looking at your phone or checking your email)
  • Encourage them to talk about their feelings (the good and the bad)
  • Try not to fix or do, for them… Let them be agents of their own discovering and doing. Remember: mistakes are the portals to discovery!
  • Provide space and time, for reading, writing, reflecting, family-timing and PLAYING! Try not to over-schedule activities
  • Screen time should be used with purpose (researching a topic or all 13 ways to use a comma, extending my learning from school, typing up a paper etc..)
How you feel about yourself as a learner and how you feel about learning at school has a direct impact on how you will do. Your brain will only function when it is in a calm learning state (not when you are stressed or running late or haven’t had breakfast etc.) Your environment at home and at school plays a pivotal role.
Thanks, for reading and, I hope you all have a lovely learning day!
all best,