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June 15, 2018

posted Jun 18, 2018, 6:53 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Teachers are starting to talk with our students about the importance of reading over the summer months. I too have a list of summer reading books. Some of these books are required reading while others are more for my own personal growth.

The first book I have started reading is Marching Off The Map-Inspire Students to Navigate A Brand New World by Tim Elmore. This is a required book for all district faculty over the summer. I am about 60 pages into this interesting and thought-provoking read. Here are my takeaways so far:
  • Researcher, Neil Postman explains another challenge we face. He argues that childhood, as we’ve known it historically, is disappearing. Kids today are exposed to media (television, movies, news, entertainment, music) without boundaries. Thanks to technology, information streams into their lives 24/7 and often has no filter on it, even for young children.
  • Too many of our young are over-exposed to information far earlier than they’re ready, yet they are under-exposed to real life experiences far later than they’re ready. This causes them to appear mature, as if they know a lot, but too often it is artificial, not authentic.
  • We must help kids grasp new skills for the future world they’ll be living in, but also hold fast to old skills that never go out of style, such as integrity, discipline, and empathy. They’ll need both trending hard skills and traditional soft skills to succeed in life.
Another book I am looking forward to reading is UnSelfie by Michele Borba, Ed. D. Then I have another required reading Robert Marzano’s The New Art & Science of Teaching.

Some other things:
Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads, grandfathers, uncles, and anyone who covers the role of a dad for our students.

Monday is FIELD DAY! Students should come to school dressed for physical activity wearing sneakers and with sunscreen and bug spray already applied. It is also helpful for students to have water bottles. After field day we will have a picnic lunch.

Have a great weekend!