Catching up Quickly
This is our fourth full week of school. We have been through testing, procedures, discipline, eye exams, snowball “fights” to learn names and make friends, worked on independent reading, just right books, and partner reading, our first Rise and Shine assembly, fire, tornado, and stranger drills and the dreaded inside recess. We are coming together learning to trust and love each other; we are becoming a first grade community-family.
In some ways it feels as if we have just started in others it feels as if we’ve been there much more than four weeks. Miss Lindsay started her student teaching the second week of school. We are so happy to have her in our little family she is a shining spot of our first grade routine. The second week Miss Lindsay was with us she shared a book with us she had made about “her.”
I liked it so much I decided to change my family involvement project I do for our writing notebooks. I usually have the kids decorate them with their families with pictures about them, and then add a note about the student. Instead of naming them “writer’s notebooks” I called them “Me Notebooks.” We still discussed how to use them, what heart stories and ideas would fit well in them, and how other writers use theirs. The kids and families did a great job. My favorite part was in the note I asked the parents to write why they were so proud of their child. The answers were heart- warming.
This past week we read Laura Numeroff’s 10 Step’s to Living With Their Monster . It is a great story and one I’ll be adding to my yearly read aloud list. We made mental images after I read the story the first time through without showing the illustrations. Then we read it again (this time with the illustrations). I then gave the kiddos some templates I’d made of “monster parts.” Each one picked their parts, traced, cut out and glued. Their creations were MONSTERLY creative.
This week we read it again (because Miss. Lindsay had missed it the first two) and then wrote a class book “The 10 Step Guide to Living with Your First Grade Monster.” Their responses and ideas were very intuitive and FUNNY!  We will be placing all in the hallway outside our door for everyone to see!
On a personal note Monday night was my daughter’s first Senior night. I had no idea this senior stuff would begin so early in the year, and I have another to go through in the spring. Her brother surprised her by showing up, and of course that made me choke back even more tears….Oh where did my babies go?  
Hadley and us at her senior night. She was the only senior:) 



Snowball fight to learn names.

Miss. Lindsay and her  inspiration for our "Me" notebooks.

Making First Grade Monsters.

Using sticky notes to find sight words.


First Grade Monsters!



Last night in my class we discussed the difference between a manager and a leader. We went through a spread sheet of the differences. It was interesting. Below is a copy so you can go through the list if you'd like. Which one are you in your classroom, your school, your community, your life? Or are you a bit of both? 






Leaders and Managers
Topic
Managers
Manager Examples
Leaders
Leader Examples





Attitude toward goals
Goals arise out of necessities rather than desires

Goals arise out of desires


Impersonal, if not passive, attitude toward goals

Personal, active attitude toward goals


Goals are deeply embedded in his/her organization’s history and culture (and are therefore necessities already identified)

Makes own goals






Problem-solving
Identifies problem issues and the best ways to achieve results so that people continue to contribute to the organization

Generates and presents fresh approaches to long-standing problems


Aims to shift balances of power toward solutions acceptable as compromises among conflicting values

Is open to new options






Risk-taking
Is not a risk-taker

Is a risk-taker



The survival instinct dominates the need for risk

Is disposed to seek out risks and dangers




Works from high-risk positions






Attitude toward mundane, practical work
Tolerates the mundane well


Sometimes reacts to the mundane as if it were an affliction


Toleration for the mundane comes with the domination of the survival instinct over risk

At times is unable to pay attention to the ordinary tasks at hand (because this person is an innovator!)






Job focus/emphasis
Rationality and control are central to the manager’s work

Leaders are intuitive.



Is an organizer who establishes procedures and expectations so that everything runs smoothly

Because this person is innovative, intuitive, open-minded, and always looking for the possible, he/she may at times appear disorganized


Views work as an enabling process involving some combination of people and ideas interacting to establish strategies and make decisions

Leaders change the way people think about what is desirable, possible, and necessary


Aim to shift balances of power toward solutions acceptable as compromises among conflicting values

Is open to contrary opinions


One often says a manager is doing his/her job well when he/she can effectively put his/her feet on the desk and relax

Searches out competence





Is vulnerable to the skills and talents of others






Relationships with people
Prefers to work with people




Avoids solitary activity because it makes him/her anxious

Enjoys, needs, and thrives upon solitary activity


Seeks others with whom to collaborate

Has the ability to break off intense, one-to-one relationships


Relates to people according to the role the person plays

Takes in emotional signals and makes them meaningful in a relationship


May lack empathy or the capacity to sense intuitively the thoughts and feelings of others

Relates to others in intuitive, empathetic ways


Continually needs to coordinate and balance opposing views

Human relationships often appear turbulent and intense


Aim to shift balances of power toward solutions acceptable as compromises among conflicting values




Negotiates and bargains using rewards, punishments, and other forms of coercion

Incites creative problem-solving in others






Communication style
Uses “signals” instead of messages

Uses messages vs. signals


Indirect in his/her communication

Communicates directly


Those under his/her management are “subordinates”

Perceives and interacts with those under his/her leadership as a team vs. as “subordinates”




Communicates easily at all levels




Tells why rather than how











Relation to organization and/or environment
Separates from the environment and/or supports, perpetuates, “upholds” the organization

Breaks with the status quo of the organization in order creatively to solve problems and incite others to do the same


Upholds the existing structure

Not concerned about upholding the existing structure but in creating something new, fresh, and positive to move forward in stronger, better ways than the existing structure allows


Belongs to the organization

Never belongs to the organization in the sense that the organization cannot “own” him/her




Can be a tribal storyteller (imp. Way of transmitting our school’s, classroom’s, or other organization’s culture)






Sense of self worth
Perpetuating and strengthening existing institutions enhances the manager’s sense of self worth

Breaking from the status quo enhances this person’s self worth




This person is a creative problem-solver who incites others to be creative problem solvers thereby enhancing his/her self worth






Other characteristics
Persistent

Has consistent and dependable integrity


Tough-minded

Cherishes heterogeneity and diversity


Hard worker

Understands the concept of equity and consistently advocates it


Intelligent

Leads through serving


Analytical

Understands and speaks for the school’s, district’s, or even “education’s” value system’s participatory leadership


*Tolerance




**Goodwill






From Oklahoma State CIED 5183 Dr. Skinner



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