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April is "Growth Mindset" Month.

Video of the Month: You can learn anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC82Il2cjqA

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About Me


About Me About Me About Me
Hello!  My name is Alana Cummings and I am the Nine Mile Falls Elementary school counselor.  This is my 10th year in the district (I was the high school counselor for 5 years before moving to the elementary!).  The transition was an easy one because of the welcoming staff and students here at Nine Mile.  I feel so fortunate to love my job.  Working with your children is so rewarding and I am just happy to be with them and offer guidance during this time in their lives.  

Here is a little bit about me:
I went to Riverside High School in Chattaroy, WA and have lived in the Spokane area my whole life.  I attended and played basketball for SFCC and received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastern Washington University. I am married and have two beautiful, sweet, and at times bossy and sassy (I mean, independent with leadership qualities) little girls. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing with my girls, doing yard work (I love raking and mowing the lawn), reading, water skiing and wake boarding, eating but not cooking, traveling and most of all, spending time at the lake with my family.

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Conflict Management

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Empathy

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Feelings/Emotions

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Who was Rachel?

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Mix it up at Lunch Day

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Buddy Bench


Buddy Bench Buddy Bench
What is the buddy bench?
The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness!

"Sometimes it’s the really simple ideas that can make the biggest difference.”
A second grader in York, Pennsylvania came up with an idea last year after his father showed him a photo of a bench placed by a German school on their playground specifically so that lonely or shy children could be offered friendship.
Christian Buck wanted to put such a bench at his school, Roundtown Elementary, and the principal agreed. In the year since that one bench was put outside to foster relationship-building, others like it have popped up at schools across the country.

When I brought this story to our Kindness and Compassion Club a few years ago, they were excited and wanted to have this at Nine Mile.  We gathered ideas, held fundraisers and promoted the bench within our school.  A parent agreed to build the bench for us at no charge! Thank you Jason Cardon!!!  The Buddy Bench was installed in March of 2016!!

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Growth Mindset


Growth Mindset
 Growth Mindset Videos:

You can learn anything:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC82Il2cjqA

Growth Mindset Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElVUqv0v1EE

Growth Mindset:Tortoise and the Hare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_oqghnxBmY

Resources

1.  Teaching Ideas for Growth Mindset: https://www.youcubed.org/category/teaching-ideas/growing-mindset/

2.  Resources for teaching a growth mindset: https://www.edutopia.org/article/growth-mindset-resources

3.  Teaching with a Growth Mindset:  https://www.mindsetkit.org/topics/teaching-growth-mindset

4.  Free Stanford Growth Mindset for Math learners online course: https://lagunita.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about  
About this course:
How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.
The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement. The course will open in mid June and stay open indefinitely.
5. AWESOME video diary of a growth mindset speaker putting his training to the test!
"On Jan. 30th I’m giving a talk in front of hundreds of teachers in Iowa. As my intro I’m going to do a dance for them. The only problem is… I can’t dance. I’m taking a month to see how good I can get at dancing* using the Train Ugly approach to learning. I have no idea what will happen, but you get front row seats!
This page will be used as a virtual journal. I’ll post all the videos, notes, and experiments that I use on this mission. Here we go!"
http://trainugly.com/dance/
6. The best resources on helping our students develop a Growth Mindset:http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/10/13/the-best-resources-on-helping-our-students-develop-a-growth-mindset/
7.  Carol Dweck: A study on praise and mindsets:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv1VdDeoRY

Growth Mindset

Class Dojo Mindset, Ep 1: Is your brain like a muscle?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zrtHt3bBmQ

Class Dojo Mindset, Ep 2: The Magic of Mistakes: https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/growth-mindset-2

Class Dojo Mindset, Ep3. The incredible power of yet: https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/growth-mindset-3

Class Dojo Mindset, Ep 4.  The mysterious world of Neurons: https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/growth-mindset-4

Class Dojo Mindset, Ep 5. Mojo puts it all together: https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/growth-mindset-5

Perseverance

Class Dojo Perseverance Ep 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOaFwwLyTRo&t=3s

Class Dojo Perseverance Ep 2. https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/perseverance-the-dip-2
Class Dojo Perseverance Ep 3. https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/perseverance-the-dip-3

Empathy

Class Dojo Empathy Ep 1. https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/empathy-the-maze-1

Class Dojo Empathy Ep 2. https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/empathy-the-maze-2

Class Dojo Empathy Ep 3. https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/empathy-the-maze-3












Mindfulness in Schools


Mindfulness in Schools
Class DOJO Mindfulness exercises:

Emotions are powerful: they can either overwhelm you, or become your best friend. Take your child/students on a journey to understand how they can manage their powerful emotions through mindfulness. This set of activities was created in partnership with Yale University's Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Episode 1: MOJO meets the Beast:
This episode introduces students to the idea that sometimes our emotions can be overwhelmingly powerful. After the video, there are discussion questions and a fun game called "Name that Emotion" to help students identify strong emotions. This activity is part of helping students realize that these powerful emotions are a normal part of life. In later activities, we'll look at some tactics for dealing with these powerful emotions in our lives.
https://ideas.classdojo.com/f/the-beast

Episode 2: Draw Your Beast:
In this activity, your child/students will think about a time when their "beast" appeared and what it felt like. They'll then get a chance to draw their "beast"!
https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/draw-the-beast

Episode 3: Mindful Breathing with MOJO:
Focusing on your breathing can help calm down the Beast! Your class will follow along with Mojo and take away a powerful tool to help them calm down powerful emotions that might flare up. Afterwards, there are discussion questions asking students to reflect on how mindful breathing might help them in the future.
https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/mindfulness-breathing

Books
When things go wrong, or when you have scary thoughts or strong feelings, you may need help to sort it all out, no matter how old you are. Learning and practicing mindfulness can make it easier to deal with the issues you face every day by showing you how to tap into your own inner strength in times of stress. So, why not use mindfulness and start being your own superhero today?
http://www.amazon.com/Master-Mindfulness-Superhero-Times-Stress/dp/1626254648/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464712380&sr=1-3&keywords=kids+stress

What does being present look like? Noticing when someone in your class needs help and taking the time to help them. Sound like? The rain outside your window. Smell like? Briny seaweed at the beach. Taste like? A bite of orange. Feel like? Allowing the rhythm of your breath, in and out … to make you feel peaceful.
http://www.amazon.com/What-Does-Mean-Be-Present/dp/0984080686/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464712578&sr=1-6&keywords=kids+mindfulness

Children pay close attention to their parents' moods. When parents feel upset, their kids may become anxious, and when parents wind down, children also get the chance to relax. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, written by two child therapists, offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy.
You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.
http://www.amazon.com/Relaxation-Stress-Reduction-Workbook-Kids/dp/1572245824/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464712762&sr=1-3&keywords=kids+mindful

Research:

http://www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/research/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mlk6xD_xAQ

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