Step Up For Students: Success Stories
Volume 4 Issue: 1                                                    August 2015

We all know that part of our body that is anatomically called the navel, but some  know it better as the belly button. As kids, some little ones are obsessed with whether they have an "innie" or an "outie", but eventually come to realize that it really doesn't matter.  We all have them, we all rarely think about them, they are just there.

For most people, we have grown accustomed to them to the point that we just go about our daily business without giving them much thought.  However, some people seem to be quite enamored with their little friend that doesn't serve much purpose other than to collect some lint and dust from time to time.

How do I know they are captivated by their navels?  I have seen them staring at them, paralyzed to the point of not being able to do anything else.  Enthralled to the point where they were unable to make eye contact, unable to speak, and even turned shades of red around their face.

Now that I think back to situations where I witnessed these navel gazers, they were always times or circumstances where I needed some help, a few volunteers, someone with a specific skill, or even a colleague who could step to the plate and help me with a task.

Maybe that is why they kept staring at their belly.  It definitely wasn't the fact that they weren't capable, or talented, or able.  For whatever reason, they just didn't want to.

So, there they stood, gazing at their navel.  Paralyzed to the point that they couldn't help me, couldn't offer a word of encouragement, couldn't band together for a common goal, couldn't live out their calling in life.  They just left me all alone, feeling like I was the only one who cared!

Don't get me wrong, I have worked with many wonderful colleagues over the years, but there have been times when I secretly wished someone else would help.  Times when I knew that others around me could pull off a task with much better skill or enthusiasm.

So, take a minute to think about whether or not you are a navel gazer.  Get off your backside, offer some help, give a kind word, tackle a task with gusto, and lift up the leaders in your school.  They need it as much as anyone.
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Classroom Management Tips and tricks from SmartBlogs
Things we KNOW, yet need reminded about...
        • Importance of routines and procedures
        • Have just a few 'rules'
        • Greet students at the door
        • Catch students being good
        • Use proximity as an ally
        • When problems occur, don't escalate them
        • Avoid 'down' time


This blog in edutopia reminds us of the power of partnership: 
1. Establish a relationship with parents
2.  Get to know the values of the family
3. Be consistent and fair 

   How do you open your classroom to families? 
1. Begin the year by asking questions
2. Provide parents with a cheat sheet
3. Share student life and work
4. Create the email blast
5. Let the kiddoes have some fun too


Inservice Guest blogger for ASCD Lisa Watts-Lawton states
 "My students are getting what I missed: a deep conceptual understanding of math."  

dedicated to supporting elementary math teachers
  • understanding and solving problems with  whole numbers and operations
  • reasoning and solving problems with
    fractions and decimals
  • applying numbers with
    measurement, data, and shapes    
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