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Krystal's Letter to Colleagues

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Dear [Name and Title of your Host Teacher/Co-Teacher/Teacher Friend/Principal]:Ms. Christian,

Dear Ms. Christian,

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[Recently/ This summer/Last month/This weekend/Over the break…], I participated in a profession learning experience with [Name the sponsoring organization or program: e.g. LUTE-STEM /Noyce-STEM/Scratch in Practice/Facing History/The Danielson Group/The New York City Writing Project/Stem4All…] at [Name the institution the organization or program is associated with: e.g. Lehman College/MIT…]. I learned a lot about [Make a list of the educational theories and practices that you were introduced to in these workshops.]coding, blocks, Scratch Platform, Mouse Platform, Now Comment, how to work with AI, Habits of Mind, and problem based learning.

This summer, I participated in a profession learning experience with LUTE-STEM at Lehman College. I learned a lot about coding, blocks, Scratch Platform, Mouse Platform, Now Comment, how to work with AI, Habits of Mind, and problem based learning.

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There was a lot to think about and to consider how to apply in the classroomclassroom, and in this letter I’d like to focus on [choose one topic, theory, approach, or idea that you think is important] because [Write a few sentences to explain why you have chosen this. What makes it urgent to try out? What was your own experience in learning this? What do you want students to learn? What is it about your students that makes this particularly apt? Why do you think this will be effective?]the effects students' well-being have on their learning because as educators we must connect with and understand our students, not overlook it by focusing soley on curriculum. I believe the students' health and well-being is a priority as it impacts their development. Creating a classroom environment where students feel safe and understood benefits both the students and the teacher. This allows the teacher to support the students' well-being and tailor lessons or teaching approaches if needed. Personally, sometimes when I am overwhelmed with demanding class loads, work, or personal stressors it effects me. I can become stressed, anxious, or unmotivated. I would like to build relationships with my students so they ask for help and have an outlet instead of being disengaged and unmotivated.

There was a lot to think about and to consider how to apply in the classroom, and in this letter I’d like to focus on the effects students' well-being have on their learning because as educators we must connect with and understand our students, not overlook it by focusing soley on curriculum. I believe the students' health and well-being is a priority as it impacts their development. Creating a classroom environment where students feel safe and understood benefits both the students and the teacher. This allows the teacher to support the students' well-being and tailor lessons or teaching approaches if needed. Personally, sometimes when I am overwhelmed with demanding class loads, work, or personal stressors it effects me. I can become stressed, anxious, or unmotivated. I would like to build relationships with my students so they ask for help and have an outlet instead of being disengaged and unmotivated.

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I would like to propose that we [Describe the learning activity that you want to do with the students. Write this brief overview of the task in one or two sentences. This should be an activity conducted in a school setting with one or more students. It should take between 15 and 60 minutes to complete.]have a read aloud as a class about what students may be feeling. The book we would read is “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival which is a part of the “Big Bright Feelings” series. After the read aloud, students will engage in discussion of connections they have with the book.

I would like to propose that we have a read aloud as a class about what students may be feeling. The book we would read is “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival which is a part of the “Big Bright Feelings” series. After the read aloud, students will engage in discussion of connections they have with the book.

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To do this we will need [Make a list of the materials you will need. Your activity can be unplugged or computer/tablet based activity/task. If computer/tablet-based, indicate types of tech tools/platforms students will use. For example: Presentation Software, Voice Recording App or Web Site, Image Library, Video Recording App or Web Site.]the book "Ruby Finds a Worry", access to youtube, paper, pens, pencils, and the VoiceThread website.

To do this we will need the book "Ruby Finds a Worry", access to youtube, paper, pens, pencils, and the VoiceThread website.

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The students will be making [Be specific about the modes and media you will have available for student to use. What choices will they be able to make? What media do you expect students to use in this activity?]a journal entry on how they are feeling. Students will have the option to write their journal on paper or do a voice recording on VoiceThread. Students who choose to do a voice recording can use the computers or tablets.

The students will be making a journal entry on how they are feeling. Students will have the option to write their journal on paper or do a voice recording on VoiceThread. Students who choose to do a voice recording can use the computers or tablets.

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Here’s how I think we might introduce this activity. We could give these directions to the students:

[Write the step-by-step directions First you will be giving the students. Be sure to write this section to the students: e.g. First, you should… After that, you will see that… Tell the students when they will be expected to work alone and when they will need to work with other students.]a part of the class read aloud. Next, you will engage in discussion with your classmates about connections to the book. Then, as a class we will watch https://youtu.be/Agy_nn54xC . After that, you will reflect on your own feelings. Lastly, you will indepently work on a journal entry either written or a voice recording on how you are feeling.

Here’s how I think we might introduce this activity. We could give these directions to the students:
First you will be a part of the class read aloud. Next, you will engage in discussion with your classmates about connections to the book. Then, as a class we will watch https://youtu.be/Agy_nn54xC . After that, you will reflect on your own feelings. Lastly, you will indepently work on a journal entry either written or a voice recording on how you are feeling.

I would also propose that the students give each other feedback on their work. They could use this checklist to self-assess and to give each other feedback:

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    [ I can ... describe what the student is expected to be able to do at each step.]connect to the activity.
  • I can connect to the activity.
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    [ I can …]identify how I am feeling
  • I can identify how I am feeling
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    [ I can …]express and share what I am feeling or experiencing.
  • I can express and share what I am feeling or experiencing.
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    [ I can …]understand how others are feeling.
  • I can understand how others are feeling.
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This activity should take at least an hour to complete, which should allow time for productive struggle. To encourage persistence, I think we might [Describe how you might encourage students and give them opportunities to revise and resubmit their work.]look back at the book, video, or class discussion as guidance.

This activity should take at least an hour to complete, which should allow time for productive struggle. To encourage persistence, I think we look back at the book, video, or class discussion as guidance.

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When they have finished this activity, I would be great if we could ask the students to write and talk about how they used one of these [two/three/ four ] Habits of Mind.

When they have finished this activity, I would be great if we could ask the students to write and talk about how they used one of these four Habits of Mind.

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    [Habit of Mind 1] Thinking About Your Thinking
  • Thinking About Your Thinking
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    [Habit of Mind 2] Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
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    [Habit of Mind 3] Persisting
  • Persisting
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    [Habit of Mind 4] Thinking Flexibly
  • Thinking Flexibly

I will also use these Habits of Mind to give the students both written and oral feedback while they are working and once the finish their work!

Thank you for taking the time to consider this proposal. I hope you see how valuable this activity could be for our students. Please let me know if you have any revisions that I might consider for this activity. I look forward to working with you on this.

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