Hello Lynnwood Families-
Every year in February we celebrate the 100th day of school! It is hard to believe the 100th day of school is approaching already. If you look around the hallways at Lynnwood you will see enchanting displays of what we are learning each day at Lynnwood. I am always amazed at how the students change and grow throughout the year. I see them learning to be readers, writers, mathematicians and scientist. I also see them learning to live like artists, musicians and athletes as they develop life long habits that will serve them well as they become healthy and happy adults. In addition to all of the academic growing they are doing they are also growing in their social and emotional development as they learn to solve problems, make friends and develop resilience. We understand our work requires us to teach the whole child and not just teach them academics. Therefore, in addition to teaching reading and math we work to teach our students to manage stress, anxiety and other factors that may interfere with their ability to learn. The teachers use a variety of strategies to help students learn appropriate self regulation strategies. Some teachers use yoga or mindfulness to help students stay regulated so they are open to learning. We also may teach students to seek out a quiet space, take a break, breathe, fidget with something or provide alternative seating options. Teachers may also use simple and clear language to help students understand what they are feeling. “You are starting to calm down.” “When you calm down it will feel better.” “It feels hard right now.” “You can start again.”
You can also help at home by creating predictable routines. A predictable routine helps students feel safe and secure. There is comfort in simple routines such as family dinner, bath, reading time then bed. There is also a good deal of research to support limiting screen time prior to bed to ensure good quality sleep. You want to consider taking away phones or IPADs and storing them in another room when it is bedtime. Some families find books, drawing or soft music ( I like ocean and rain sounds) are for bedtime. You may even try soft lighting or a salt lamp to signal that it is time for sleep. We notice when students are well rested they are able to have more productive days at school. Our goal is to teach our students lifelong wellness skills that will give them the tools they need to successfully navigate a challenging world.
Be well and remember to take care of yourselves too!
Could you please just teach the math one way?
By Mr. Mell, Lynnwood Math Specialist
The amount of math strategies taught in school may appear overwhelming at times and seem like we are over complicating simple concepts. Therefore, I am often asked if it would be easier for students to understand the math if we just used one traditional approach when teaching a new concept? The answer to this question is yes. It would certainly be easier to teach this way. However, our goal is to provide students with the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in a complex, knowledge based world. The workplace demand for routine and manual tasks continues to decline due to technology. However, the ability to work with new information and solve unstructured problems are skills that are becoming more and more in demand. We want our students to be flexible thinkers who can find success in any problem they face.
Students are learning that the same strategy is not efficient for all problems. They are learning that we need to be flexible in our thinking and select the right tools to get the job done. It is exciting to see students take this ownership with their learning. A student who can solve and represent a problem in multiple ways demonstrates the deep understanding of math that we strive for.
Believe it or not, the instruction of multiple strategies also helps to motivate students to problem solve. Students are much more willing to explore and problem solve in math when they have multiple strategies to choose from. Our students appreciate the opportunity to engage in complex problems when they can apply their knowledge with strategies that are most efficient for them.
Our skilled and flexible mathematical thinkers here at Lynnwood already have a variety of strategies in their toolboxes. It is exciting to think how they will use this foundation in math to solve the complex and unstructured problems of our ever-changing world.
FYI from the Health Office
** Flu shot reminder, it's not too late to get your flu shot!
** Once student turns 10 they can get their Tdap booster.
** Please remember to send in copy of physical when done especially if New to Lynnwood or student is in K, 2nd, 4th or 5th grade.
Young Artist of the Month at Lynnwood Elementary School
Amaris Macasaddug of Mr. Adam’s 3rd grade class has been chosen as Lynnwood Elementary School’s Young Artist of the Month for February!
Amaris is always focused and ready to work in the art room! She strives to do her best and uses her time wisely. Amaris thinks about how details will enhance her work and makes sure she uses good craftsmanship to complete her projects. Keep up the great work!
-Ms. Kovacik, LES Art