The move from Grade 5 to Grade 6 is a big deal. Having said that, witnessing this transition for students for the past 20 years it is also fairly predictable. It is exciting and challenging for the average student. It is extremely difficult for kids who struggle with organization. It is a joy ride for students who thrive on multiple notebooks, organized pencil cases,and multi-colored highlighters. By and large, it is an opportunity that most kids embrace to experience growing privileges, added responsibilities, multiple workloads to balance, and a fast paced collage of social interactions that include complex friendship groups, online exposure and interactions, “by the lockers” gossip. Make no mistake, the social world of a Grade 6 student is a not so subtle challenge.
Add social challenges to the academic workload to the new found freedom to moving between classes to exposure to older students and older ideas and you have a stew that brews for weeks and months and leads to a myriad of challenges along the way. It is not easy being a grade 6 student.
But…..all is not lost! Good teachers who are sensitive to the needs of this age group, structured opportunities to interact, ongoing and specific attention to challenged students, and a general openness of grade 6 students to discuss and consider right and wrong choices provides a mix for supporting, guiding, and teaching.
I’ve always considered Grade 6 students as the “morality police”. They really do insist upon “fairness”. As they move through grade 6 at different paces, they are Continue reading
On Wednesday, Feb 20, over 30 Grade 6 parents (approximately half of our Grade 6 population) attended an evening parent gathering hosted in a private home. The purpose of the evening was to get together to talk about social media and the challenges of parents and educators. Facebook usage dominated the conversation as did the topic of challenges associated with extensive online interest, involvement, and obsession!! Kids are plugged in. It’s a challenge for parents to make decisions around family rules and expectations. Every parent handles things differently. Over the years I have found it incredibly valuable to communicate with as many parents as I can to help shape my decisions as a parent and as a school leader. Schools have a responsibility to support, educate, and provide information to both students and parents around this important topic. This evening meeting was a great example of parents collectively tackling the challenges of parenting.
I was very impressed with the turnout of parents. The community is naturally very
Grade 6 Parents Gather for a Lively Discussion and a Meal on Feb 20 2013
interested in this topic. I would urge parents to rally around one another, exchange ideas, tips, and suggestions. It is not easy to parent in the digital age. We all share the same concerns, hopes, and fears as parents. Moreover, we are all in uncharted territory when it comes to technology and share similar questions.
Below is a link to the presentation. Feel free to view it. In addition, I’ve added a link to an excellent Ted Talk that is worth listening to. It’s about our “plugged in” world we have become!
This is the presentation to Grade 6 parents. This is the powerpoint presentation.
This is the same presentation to Grade 6 parents as a movie. It’s a larger file for downloading (28 mb) but plays fine.
Last Monday, students didn’t come to school, but teachers did! What were we doing at school on Monday? What happens on those “Professional Development” days? What happens at those weekly meetings that teachers have every Wednesday afternoon?
The answer is alot of learning, planning, reflecting, dialogue and professional growth. Check out the link below (in blue) to a short collection of images:
We are a learning organization. On days like Monday or on weekly Wednesday afternoons, faculty spend time preparing classes, lessons, unit plans, assessments, and engaging activities.
LCS faculty are professionals, interested in their own personal learning and professional growth and, most importantly, improving the experience for students. This is the mission we, as faculty, are on. We strive to ensure that students have high quality learning experiences at LCS. I salute the LCS faculty for their commitment and effort. Faculty are working hard on behalf of students and families.