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COMMUNICATING THE HABITS OF MIND AT CEDAR TRAILS


 

Mike Duffy, Cedar Trails Co-Principal

 

As educators we are responsible for teaching students all of the core content with rigor and relevance each and every day.  Along with this awesome task helping our student to become responsible citizens is a definite must. The Cedar Springs district believes that the Habits of Mind is the foundation upon which learning is built. It is taught through a combination of classroom lessons, teacher and student discussion, student self-reflection and regular presentations by both students and staff.

Each day during the morning announcements the principal shares their thoughts on the Habits of Mind. Many times individuals and whole classrooms are recognized for using good Habits of Mind. Students will also be sharing their own use on the announcements starting in October.

The three Habits that Cedar Trails works on are Empathy, Persistence and Impulsivity. Each of these Habits has a short little chant that describes the correct behavior associated with each Habit.

If you ever have a chance to talk to a Cedar Trails student, please ask them about 1. Kind hands, kind hearts and listening ears or 2. I can do it if I stick to it or 3. Stop, think, I make good choices.

Many classrooms performed 75 good works (kind hands and kind hearts) to honor Red Flannel Days’ 75 anniversary.

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75 acts of kind hands


Kindergartner Emma Barger shows off her painted hands. Courtesy photo.

Kindergartner Emma Barger shows off her painted hands. Courtesy photo.

This year’s Red Flannel theme is “75 years of volunteers.” Kindergarten teacher Rhonda Bellamy decided to take that theme and tie into what her students were learning.

“For 75 years Red Flannel Volunteers have given their time to help others in our community celebrate,” explained Bellamy. To connect this theme to student learning, [we] decided to complete 75 acts of kind hands.”

“Kind hands” is one of the Habits of Mind (behavior model) that Cedar Trails focuses on.

Rhonda Bellamy’s class listed 75 acts of kindness on Red Flannel long johns and a nightgown to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Red Flannel Festival. Courtesy photo.

Rhonda Bellamy’s class listed 75 acts of kindness on Red Flannel long johns and a nightgown to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Red Flannel Festival. Courtesy photo.

“Students were very eager to volunteer their kind hands by helping others take care of their classroom and their school,” remarked Bellamy. “During the week students picked up extra trash in the lunchroom, pushed in chairs, helped others at recess, and some even talked about ways they were using kind hands at home.”

Bellamy painted their hands and they wrote the kind acts on a large red flannel long john and red flannel nightgown.

Last Friday, the kindergarten class recorded their 75th act of kind hands. What a great way to model the spirit of service in the community!

 

 

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Kind Hearts, Kind Hands at Trails On Thursday, October 21st, the Cedar Trails PTO held a “Fall Fun Night” where students came to school, dressed in their costumes, and took part in some trick or treating. As part of that night, members of the Cedar Trails staff put together some activities surrounding “Habits of Mind”(HOM). For one of the activities, all students AND their parents cut-out a “kind hand” representing HOM – Understanding and Empathy – to go on a wall in the motor room. Families also received a passport with further information about the habits and had those punched as they walked around the building. To culminate the evening, staff, students, and parents, helped to eat over 500 pieces of pizza in the cafeteria while watching a video about the “Red Hawk Kids Club” and “Habits of Mind.”

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