Archive for February, 2015

Positive Intent on a Bad Day

Have you ever had a bad day? How do you handle it? What do you do when your child comes home sharing that they have had a bad day? Just as the adults of the world don’t always have a great day, some days our kids do too. At Joyner we have really had a focus on Conscious Discipline this year. We are learning. One of the basic skills is Positive Intent. It aligns with popular guidance to Seek first to Understand.

As you talk with your child about the bad day, I encourage you to put your listening ear and heart on the open. Approach the bad day with positive intent. Listen to the worries or the struggle. Try to understand why the day went badly and consider the learning opportunity that can come from it.

Often if a student comes to speak to me, it is with intentionality that I do a lot of listening first. I ask questions to clarify and understand the situation. I cannot bring judgement yet into the story until I truly see the intentions and actions of the student and those around that student.

I want to look beyond the behavior and possible bad or inappropriate choices so I can see the learning opportunity that I might have with the student. Conscious Discipline has been a guidance in my work in this approach. Seeking this positive intent allows an open mind set to situations. Building a framework of teaching takes a greater positive turn for our students. We might find ourselves talking again together, but we also can then continue our problem solving and teaching. And I love that I am able to celebrate the growth I see in our students as they learn their role in the school family community and life.

When I talk with my own children at home after a bad day, I feel that immediate need to just solve the problem and help give an answer. But I have learned that it works out with a greater richness if I take the time to process and guide and teach.

I am so grateful for the many happy days that we have at Joyner. And I also see so much opportunity to grow on those other days too.

Healthy Choice Marathon is Coming!

With great excitement and anticipation, I was delighted as our PTA joined our staff meeting this morning to help kick off our preparations for one of those favorite times of year at Joyner.

With the Healthy Choice Marathon Kick Off this Friday, we will begin our Joyner 26 day celebration of healthy living. Our students and staff and hopefully our families participate in building strong habits of healthy living.

Here are the three things we ask of everyone each day: Choose a healthy food each day, Participate in a healthy activity for 20 minutes each day and exercise that mind by Reading for 20 minutes each day. With these three acts, we see our JYJ family celebrate a healthier lifestyle.

These 26 days count us down to our Joyner 5K walk/run. This event coordinated by our PTA is an incredible celebration of our school family community coming together celebrating health. We also are adding to this exciting time of year by collecting books to share this healthy lifestyle with others. Our goal is 2600 books!

I strongly encourage everyone to consider how you can participate in this wonderful event. Yes, this is our PTA’s spring fundraiser. Yes, there is a buzz with our stretch goal. This stretch goal will bring a field for all of our children to play on and continue those healthy choices. But the Healthy Choice Marathon is about joining together as a community to teach our children how important our choices are in creating a healthier life.

Parents, there are many ways to help. Check out the Joyner PTA website to discover the many opportunities.

So I wish you all well as you make that healthy food choice, play and exercise for 20 minutes with your kids and READ! Let’s have a great time!