Happy Tuesday! It is great to see the sun and have some fairly mild temperatures. I am hoping we will see 70's before too long! :)
Here are some notes from substitute teachers:
- "Very complete sub plans with all materials out and ready."
- "It was great to be back at Woodland!"
- "As always, Woodland is a very welcoming environment."
In the last blog entry I shared our school district's ELF (Efficacious Learner Framework) initiative and how we will be integrating it into all we do at Woodland. In this blog, I would like to share our fabulous SOAR acronym and the work we are doing around it to support student choices and behaviors.
First, yes, SOAR has two meanings at Woodland! We are doing all we can to make sure that EVERY student will SOAR (Succeed, Outshine, Achieve and Reach their highest potential) toward college and career readiness. AND we expect our scholars to SOAR behaviorally by practicing the following:
- Own Our Actions
- Acting with Leadership
So, it is official! Woodland Eagle's will SOAR both behaviorally and academically.
Now, when looking at the affective domain of SOAR, how does it work with ELF? We would tell you "very well". In order to be an efficacious learner, it is critical that children:
- behave in a safe manner and respect each other's right to safety. Research tells us that classroom and school safety is critical to learning.
- learn from their mistakes (after all they are children!) and own their actions by honestly admitting their mistake and taking the opportunity to learn from it and grow.
- act with leadership by making good choices and behaving in a safe manner.
- be resourceful by looking at and using their resources to solve problems and build relationships.
Thus, you can see that, from) our opinion at Woodland, ELF and SOAR go hand-in-hand with the ultimate goal of preparing our scholars to SOAR to college and career readiness.
I would encourage you, like with ELF, to ask your children how they have shown safety, owned their action, acted with leadership, and been resourceful during their school day, at a family activity or sporting event, or at home as they interact with family members (think siblings :))!
There is no doubt that, working together, home and school we can accomplish our goal!
Please join us as we SOAR as a Woodland family!