While students enjoyed a 3 day weekend, teachers were busy working on examining the new Common Core State Standards on Monday. District Instructional Coaches and teacher leaders at each grade level facilitated activities to break down these new education standards. It was a busy day of learning and growing for our teachers as we transition to these standards over the next 2 years. You can find out more about the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by 45 states by visiting the following link. http://www.corestandards.org/
Our students have continued to strengthen their understanding of the brain and how it works by learning about our brain’s chemicals during Community Time. So far, students have learned about Adrenaline and Serotonin. Through our Brain Gym and Brain-Based Learning activities during Community Time, we are learning about strategies and healthy food choices to optimize brain function. Students are enjoying learning about these topics and we are enjoying watching them grow! A first grade student commented that the book a teacher read aloud really released Serotonin in their brain and left them with a peaceful feeling. (Additionally, another 1st grade student said his mom’s delicious apple pork chops really increased his adrenaline!) You can see Brain-Based Learning and Brain Gym activities in action each Wednesday and Thursday morning at Community Time at 8:25.