I want to extend my most sincere appreciation to all of you out there wrapping up the school year. Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and your students’ lives have been enriched by the educational opportunities you diligently provided to them throughout this past school year. Congratulations!
As the school year winds down, though, I know what you're thinking. You're already starting to plan better and more enriching opportunities for those students you just send off for summer and will be back sooner than you think!
If one of those plans includes implementing competency-based learning (CBL) or you are just wanting to learn more about it, then you need to check out our upcoming June 6th training.
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your students! Research is showing that when a teacher introduces just 5 minutes of simple breathing techniques, yoga or meditation, students’ attention spans increase, their focus on topic improves and some studies show improved test scores and fewer cases of bullying.
This is what I hope all Oklahoma educators are feeling as they move into summer breaks: A STATE OF URGENCY! I am quite confident that Oklahoma professional educators cringe every time a new statistic or decision regarding education makes headlines, such as the 5th & 8th grade spring writing tests being invalidated.
Earlier this month, the SDE put out its FAQ on medical marijuana. It’s a helpful resource, providing links to statutes and other pertinent information to assist schools in decision- and policy-making.