Please see the slide decks that were shared at the grade level transition meetings here.
Tonight’s newsletter contains information about internal staffing changes and our weekly student support services column.
As we announced at our transition meetings today, a few staff members will be changing roles next year:
-PK teacher Jessica Baker will leave PK and transition to a second grade homeroom position.
-5th grade reading teacher Kim Bigelow will be our English Language Arts Instructional Coach next year.
-3rd grade homeroom teacher Jen Ahlstrom will transition to the third grade co-teacher role.
We are in the process of hiring staff members and will introduce our new staff to the community via a summer newsletter. New staff bios will also appear on the website in early August.
Student Support Services Column
Last week we talked about Strategies for Improving Memory and as we close out the month, I wanted to take one more opportunity to provide another useful strategy for improving memory. For those kiddos who may often respond, “I can’t remember”, this might be just the tool for them!
The ability to hear, understand, and remember information is a huge part of learning. One way we can support our children with remembering information, is by teaching Mnemonics. Sometimes referred to as “mnemonic devices”; Mnemonics are learning tools or techniques that help a person learn and recall information (i.e. ROY G BIV-Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet-Colors of the rainbow). Certain mnemonics, such as the aforementioned have stuck with me since elementary school and that’s over thirty+ years…So, I would say that’s a win! Mnemonics make remembering information easier by associating the information with something else that is meaningful to the person trying to remember it.
There are many different types of mnemonics, which can be auditory, visual, or kinesthetic. A few of my favorites include:
–Phrase or Expression: This type of mnemonic uses the first letter of each word in a list to form a new phrase or expression. For example, in math, we might use the mnemonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to remember order of operations: Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract!
–Spelling Mnemonics: Spelling mnemonics can help you remember how to spell difficult words or which spelling to use for homophones. For example, “rhythm helps your two hips move” is a way to help you remember how to spell “rhythm”-so clever, right or a “principal is your pal” to help your distinguish principal (person) vs. principle (belief).
–Kinesthetic Mnemonics– Kinesthetic mnemonics rely on movement or touch to help with recalling information. For example, to remember which months have 31 days in them, you can touch your knuckles and space between the knuckles of your fist while reciting the months in order…January (31), February, March(31), April, May (31), June, July (31)…then start over…August (31), September, October (31), November, December (31).
These are just a few fun ways to help improve memory and recall. Not all mnemonics work for all people. Just remember, the mnemonic that works best for you will depend on your experiences, your personality, and how often you practice them.
Have a Wonderful Summer!!!
Ms. Toni aka The Speech Lady
Toni Carroll-Wills, MS CCC-SLP