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Living the words

Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says “I’M POSSIBLE.” – Audrey Hepburn
 
Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. –  Kid President (actor Robby Novak)
 
The beautiful thing about learning is no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

 

Inspiration can easily be found in Devon Marques and Lauren Pedersen’s class. It’s always right there in the corner of the room.
 
Every week, a different quote is posted which focuses on themes such as optimism, inclusivity, respect, hard work, and togetherness. The quotes serve as an omnipresent reminder of the traits and ideals important for success and getting along with others. Strengthening the social and emotional skills of students is an important district goal; the quotes and the process to select them encourage students to reflect on those important qualities.
 
“We want to teach them inclusion and kindness, and to be their best selves,” said Marques. “We want them to live the quotes.”
 
The third-graders seek out inspirational messages at home with their families, discuss them, then each student selects one to recommend to the class. Every Friday, the students present their quotes, speaking about the meanings and the reasons for choosing them. The student whose quote was selected as the current week’s inspiration has the honor of choosing the quote for the following week.


Kayla King, a first-grader in Courtney Zywicki's class, holds up a poster explaining why her class is a family
Student holds poster

Building a spirit of community

Kindergarten isn’t all about ABCs and 123s. Social and emotional learning is a foundational element. Collaboration techniques, respect for others, and positive relationship-building are life skills that take root in kindergarten and are nurtured throughout a student’s entire educational career.
 
With the pandemic disrupting last school year, Sandshore’s first grade teachers made it an early-September priority to build a spirit of togetherness and develop students’ interpersonal skills. For students who had spent their kindergarten year learning remotely throughout all of 2020-21, this would be their first introduction to Sandshore and possibly even to working in-person with a group of peers.
 
First grade teachers welcomed students before the year had even begun. They recorded themselves reading “The Night Before First Grade” and emailed the videos to their students. The storybook tells the tale of a girl who makes new friends on the first day of first grade and engages in “getting to know you” activities with her classmates – a perfect depiction of what was to come.
 
“I think the video helped take some of the butterflies away,” teacher Jennifer Day said. “And I wanted students to see me without a mask. That was important, for them to see a person. On the first day [during arrival], some students recognized me even with my mask on and said ‘Look, there’s my teacher.’”
 
To help students become acquainted with each other and develop a spirit of community, some first-grade teachers asked students to bring in “All About Me” bags with items that represented personality traits, likes, and hobbies. Students described to their classes the items in their bags and explained why the items represented them. Items included toy cars, sports medals and ribbons, and ballet shoes. Teachers also brought in bags of their own to share, many with family and pet photos.
 
Some teachers also asked students to complete “All About Me” posters, cooperatively develop classroom rules of conduct, and write reasons explaining why their class is a family. The reasons were then assembled into a book or written on drawings which were displayed in the classrooms.


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