Friday, June 8, 2018

End of Year Anxiety

An open letter to parents:

We are narrowing down to the last few days of school. For some of us that is exciting, for other it is terrifying. Keep in mind that you’re likely to see two reaction from kids. The first is traditional excitement with lots of energy and positive responses. Our more introverted students will revel in their chance to have time in their comfort spaces and loose schedules where they can have more say over their days. Our extroverted kids will have feelings of worry or loneliness as they think about not seeing people over the summer.

There is third reaction that some of our students will face, and that is hidden anxiety. I use the term loosely to address some of the hidden manifestations of worry and fear. If you’re noticing things like… anger, unwarranted frustration, sleeplessness, obsessions about the what the date is or when school ends, preoccupation with summer plans, or feelings of alienation…don’t panic. It is really common for students to be afraid of the unknown that comes with summer break. School, while occasionally daunting, is predicable. It offers a routine that can be very comforting. Varying degrees of anxiety like behaviors and emotions are very common in gifted kids.

One way to check if your student might be in this list is to think about how they are the few weeks before school starts. If they show any of these same signs, then just rest assured that if they exhibit some unexpected reactions over the next few weeks it’s just the same thing but in reverse.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

  1. -          Schedule play dates. Going from seeing friends every day to not seeing them at all can create really strong feelings of isolation.
  2. -          Summer camps. Not only are they fun, but they allow social kids a chance to stay in touch with people in a setting that is familiar.
  3. -          Set a schedule. Routines are important. Summer shouldn’t mean that kids suddenly get to stay up as late as they want and sleep all day. Consistent sleep and proper amounts of sleep have serious impacts on a kid’s sense of well-being, emotional resilience, and cognitive strength.
  4. -          Positive Support. Just remind them that these types of changes in the year are normal. Listen to their worries and ask questions about how you can help. What they are feeling is very real. Give it space to be real, without empowering it or dismissing it.

 -Mr. B

Friday, April 27, 2018

Current Sciences

Science is often taught from textbooks. Textbooks that take years to get published and distributed to students. Those texts books just aren't dynamic enough to have up to date information about major science discoveries. 

There also isn't a lot of room for conjecture. Textbooks are written to be resources. Resources that present established information and well-founded theories. 

But what about the unusual stuff, or the new stuff, or the "what were they even thinking" stuff. Well, kids love that stuff too. In an effort to staying excited about science, our class does a weekly Current Science activity. In Current Science, students read any article they find interesting with the understanding that they'll then present their reading to the class. 

It's a really great way to practice public speaking skills, summarizing, boost reading comprehension practice, and squeeze in a bit of extra science just for good measure. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Auction Project Complete

Our auction project is complete!
Check out these fun pictures of the final steps.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


It's moments like these that make Makerspace time feel like magic.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Minion Day in Gathering

Today the 4th and 5th graders hosted gathering and made minion eyes for everyone. It was a lot of fun.

Auction Project Update

Painting has begun on this year's auction project. These pieces of lumber will be assembled into a set of benches to be sold off. We are in the first stages of painting. 

End of Year Anxiety

An open letter to parents: We are narrowing down to the last few days of school. For some of us that is exciting, for other it is te...