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Positive Action Word of the Week: Celebration

posted Jun 8, 2011, 9:29 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Jun 8, 2011, 9:31 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Celebration is to remember with ceremony or festivity.

As another school year draws to a close, let’s take time to celebrate our accomplishments. 

Let’s celebrate how far our Kindergarten students have come from that first day of school, when they entered the door with terror in their eyes and tears on their cheeks. 

Let’s celebrate those 5th grade students that are spending their last moments in the comfort of the environment that they laughed and learned in over the years, and are now preparing themselves emotionally for their promotion to middle school.

Let’s celebrate those middle school students that endured that same transition, and now face the trials and tribulations that accompany adolescence, yet continue to give you meaningful effort every day.

Let’s celebrate the countless number of students of all ages that truly epitomize the spirit of Positive Action without ever being asked. And for those students that require reminders, let’s celebrate that one month, one week, one day when they showed their sense of cooperation, courage and integrity. 

Most of all, let’s celebrate your teachers for their endless dedication, persistence and passion, and for all they do to support, inspire and applaud our amazing kids. 

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Positive

posted May 23, 2011, 9:24 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated May 23, 2011, 9:28 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Positive is to be assured, and make a good contribution.

Think of the things you can do to take positive actions.  Perhaps you could choose a community service project to do. Whether it involves cultivating a school garden, participating in recycling efforts, or contributing cans for a food drive, all of us can benefit from the feelings of competence and confidence we get from engaging in a service project. 

We all hear about positive actions, but we need to give ourselves the chance to practice them.  

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Confidence

posted May 16, 2011, 9:58 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated May 16, 2011, 10:02 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Confidence is to believe in your own abilities. 

How many times have you said the phrase, “I can’t do it," and how many times has your teacher helped and encouraged you and you've done it? YOU have the capacity to achieve, but you often rely upon your teacher to hold the belief. 

Let's agree to eliminate the phrase "I can’t" to be confident in “I CAN!”.

Your teacher has confidence in your abilities, and encourages persistence.  You should also believe!

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Persistence

posted May 9, 2011, 9:43 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated May 9, 2011, 9:45 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Persistence is to move step by step towards a goal. 

Life can present some enormous challenges that demand discipline, diligence, and persistence to overcome. Sometimes the most overwhelming of these tasks is simply arriving at the next pass, when our dreams are still far in the distance. 

Our students display this type of perseverance by taking the steps every day from their door to our door. However, it seems that this same persistence is quick to waver once they enter the classroom, and are confronted with a difficult activity. Our role is to motivate our students to continue to practice persistence inside the classroom. 

This begins by ingraining the term persistence into their daily vocabulary through adding hang in there, do your best, and never give up, to the classroom code. Highlight children that show consistent determination by applauding tied shoes and completed tests. Integrate discussions on perseverance by asking students to describe moments where extra effort led to significant success. 

By teaching our students to make a habit of working hard in the classroom, we help them to be prepared for all of their future challenges.

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Opportunities

posted May 2, 2011, 8:23 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated May 2, 2011, 8:27 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Opportunities are chances to be successful at something and to improve ourselves. 

Everyone encounters stumbling blocks when trying to meet their goals.  When problems arise, we need to think of them as opportunities where we can meet a challenge and be successful.    

As one student stated, “An opportunity is a chance for someone to show how good they can be at all kinds of different things.”

Take advantage of opportunities and you will build your confidence and reap the rewards!

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Courage

posted Apr 13, 2011, 1:51 PM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Apr 13, 2011, 1:54 PM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Courage is a willingness to face problems or fears. 

Describe an animal that personifies courage.  If you said a lion, it's probably because a lion roars in the face of danger.  Each of you has a little lion inside of them, perhaps a Lincoln Lion!  

Read this quote, "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... I'll try again tomorrow."  Think about what it is telling you and talk with a friend about what you think it might mean.  

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Potential

posted Apr 4, 2011, 9:00 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 9:05 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Potential is the power to do.  How appropriate is it that our word of the week describes what we are focusing on as we begin state testing.  All students have the potential to use the knowledge they've attained from their teachers and the test-taking skills they've been practicing to show they can live up to their potential and be successful!  

Think about these words and know you can...
            Believe, grow, develop, try, be successful, be proficient, be amazing, believe.  

You have the power to do amazing things when you believe in your own potential.  

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Goals

posted Mar 28, 2011, 9:14 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Mar 28, 2011, 9:18 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

With the state testing coming up, all students from grade 2 to grade 5 should have met with their teachers to review their scores from last year and to focus on a new goal for the upcoming testing period.  

Setting goals gives you something to aim for.  A goal should be reasonable and your expectations for yourself should be high.  Believe in yourself and be confident that YOU CAN achieve your goals.  You have worked hard all year long to learn and become even smarter than you've ever been.  

YOU CAN DO IT!  

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Self-Improvement

posted Mar 21, 2011, 11:34 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 11:39 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

Self-Improvement is to make yourself better through positive actions.  It can help us reach a level of success with endless possibilities. This should inspire us to dream. 

Your teachers provide you the opportunity to see beyond the confines of your environment, and aspire to improve and achieve.

Imagine your future. 
Identify your areas of interest.
Take the actions that will help you fulfill your goals. 
Your teacher, family and friends expect and anticipate your achievement.

The Positive Action Word of the Week is Decision

posted Mar 14, 2011, 9:21 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated Mar 14, 2011, 9:27 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]

A Decision is to think about the choices and pick the best one. 

We are faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis. The choice of how to react when there is conflict. The choice to walk through the classroom door, or refuse to walk out their own door. The choice to be college bound. 

These daily decisions influence how you can respond to instruction, interact with other people, and how you feel about your self-concept. Your teacher's role is to utilize teachable moments to guide you through the process of positive decision-making. 

The practice of making decisions begins by posing and answering who, what, where and why questions. It continues by using that information to find the options by measuring the rewards and consequences associated with each possible solution.  It ends by identifying the solution and the action plan to fully implement the decision. 

You may not always make the best choice, but your teacher is here to help you and give you the best chance. 

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