Archive | August, 2013

Funny Things Kids Say #1

29 Aug

Smile

My kids are hilarious.  My two sons are eight and nine and I swear they are one great comedic team.  The night before the first day of school as I was helping them pick out clothes for their big day we had an exchange that went a little something like this:

My youngest son:      Mom, what time are you waking us up in the morning?

Me:                                  You need to set your alarm for 6 a.m.

My youngest son:      Mom, please don’t wake me up that early, I need my beauty sleep.

My oldest son (flatly): You’re going to look that way no matter what.

Ha! A little teasing between siblings is natural and while I do not allow any type of malicious put downs or disrespect between my children, on one hand, on the other hand, we have to teach our children how to laugh and the art of being able to take a joke.

A little joke never hurt anyone, teach your children to laugh, even if it’s at themselves from time to time.

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents

Where’s Your Reading Initiative?

24 Aug

Kids reading.

Check out my latest blog, “Where’s Your Reading Initiative?” for author, JeanNicole Rivers, on her website at http://www.jeannicolerivers.com/peopledontread/

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents

Teacher Tips for Back to School 2013

20 Aug

 

Back to School Pic

 

With the first day of school fast approaching we educators are extremely busy trying to prepare for the New Year, organizing our classrooms, attending meetings and churning out engaging lessons. Our students are anxious for knowledge and we don’t want to let them down. Not only do I plan to start the New Year right, but I also plan to keep the momentum going throughout the year with the following proven techniques.

1.  Education is not just for children– It is imperative as educators that we become life-long learners. Every year new initiatives are promoted in an enthusiastic attempt to reach our students, especially in the area of technology. Attend as many staff developments as possible to keep up with the latest educational trends and subscribe to social media that allows you access to constant information.

2. Try different things– Think about all of the things that have consistently worked for you and refine them if need be, but, also think of one thing or way of doing something that did not work so well for you last year and come up with a specific plan to change that process and try something new. Many times we keep the same processes despite the fact that they may not work most efficiently for us because they’re comfortable. Good is not always comfortable, just think of a pair of cute, new shoes!

3.  Preparation, preparation, preparation– Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Lay out a game plan, regularly, so that you will be prepared when your students walk through the door on the first day and every day after. Preparation will help to ensure a smooth, fun and educational year.

4.  Take care of yourself- Build your decompression activity into your daily schedule. Whatever it is that relaxes you, whether it’s yoga, running, baking, cleaning, (I wish I had this problem) etc find time to do it regularly. Your students take their cues from you and whatever attitude you bring into the classroom will be reflected by your students so make sure that it is a good and healthy one.

These are just some of the techniques that I use throughout the year to keep me on track. What activities, routines and techniques keep you on track?

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents

 

Welcome to 5 Star Student!

16 Aug

Kids holding hands

Welcome to 5 Star Student! My name is Toshila Darjean and I decided to start this blog in order share my experiences as an educator and as a mother in hopes that I can create a forum in which the sharing of my ideas, knowledge and experiences may be of assistance to parents, teachers and others for the benefit of our children.

The name 5 Star Student holds significance because I agree with modern educational standards that suggest that children need the positive influence and encouragement of parents, themselves, administrators, teachers and the community in order to become well-rounded, productive adults that have the ability to contribute back to society. Each of the 5 components is essential to our children’s success not only in school, but also in life.

Come back and check out my weekly posts and share your ideas and thoughts as well!

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents