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May Newsletter

May 6, 2014

Conference 

Still time to join us for the 2014 PATHS® International Conference on May 15-16, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.  Click Conference Website to find out more and register!
 
Model Schools
The first PATHS® Education Worldwide model school awards will be presented at the conference to the following schools:
Memorial Elementary (Cleveland, OH)
Clark Elementary (Cleveland, OH)
Lilly Pond Child Development Center (Altoona, PA)
Muhlenberg Elementary (Allentown, PA)
Roosevelt Elementary (Allentown, PA)
 

Literature Reviews

We asked the PATHS® trainers to share books they use to connect literature to the curriculum.  Here are two recommendations from Elaine Berrena related to problem solving and cultural diversity.
 

The Girl with a Brave Heart by Rita Jahanforuz  This 40 page picture book tells the story of a young girl, Shiraz, who is being raised by her father and stepmother. When her father dies, Shiraz is left Cinderella-like in the care of her stepmother who informs her that without her father's income, Shiraz will need to function as the family's maid.  When Shiraz is playing with a ball of wool, the ball lands in her neighbor's courtyard and Shiraz goes to retrieve it. The neighbor asks her to complete three counterintuitive tasks (smash dishes, the drain board and the sink). Shiraz ignores the demands and instead cleans the kitchen for which she is rewarded with the gift of beauty. When Shiraz returns home with her story, the stepmother sends her own daughter next door. The girl follows directions without being guided by compassion and generosity as Shiraz had been. Being guided by self-interest, she obeys the old woman's commands and returns home unrecognizably ugly.  It is an interesting tale that might include discussion around motivation and goals, decision making, and problem solving.

A Story, A Story by Gail Hailey  This picture book takes place in Africa and begins when Anansi, a small, old man, asks the Sky God if he might buy all the stories that the Sky God holds as treasure. Sky God gives Anansi three challenging tasks - bring him the leopard with the dangerously terrible teeth, a nest of hornets that sting like fire, and the fairy that no man can see. If and when Anansi can deliver those characters, the Sky God will give him the stories. Anansi skillfully problem solves and delivers the tiger, the nest, and the fairy to the Sky God. Having paid for the stories, they now belong to Anansi and are called the spider stories.

More Adjective Inspiration

Last month we started an adjective list to encourage vocabulary expansion while giving compliments for PATHS® Kid/Pupil of the Day?  Here are some more adjectives for inspiration to use with your students.

Entertaining

Enthusiastic

Excellent

Exuberant

Fabulous

Fair

Faithful

Fantastic

Fine

Flexible

Frank

Friendly

Generous

Glorious

Grand

Happy

Hardy

Harmonious

Helpful

Hilarious

Honorable

Impartial

Industrious

Instinctive

Intense

Jolly

Jovial

Joyous

Kind-hearted

Knowledgeable

Level-headed

Likeable

Lively

Lovely

Loving

Mature

We will finish up "adjective inspiration" next month.  If you have suggestions to add to the list, please send them to kimwilliams2367@gmail.com. 

Principal's Corner

Here are some PATHS® program ideas that you can use as a leader with teachers, staff, and students to model key concepts:

  • When you are upset, it is important to calm down so we can think!
  • Feelings are very important signals.  They give us good information if we pay attention to them.
  • All feelings are OK.
  • Some feelings are comfortable and some feelings are uncomfortable.
  • Feelings are different from behaviors.  
  • It's important to think about how everyone feels in a situation.
  • When we have a problem, we need to think up lots of solutions.
  • When we try to solve a problem, we should think about what might happen next.  That way, we can pick the best solution.
  • Learning to be good problem-solvers is fun! 

We want your ideas! We are looking for your ways to better support your PATHS® program implementation email us to let us know what topics you'd like to see in our newsletters! 



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