School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/5/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide morning meeting!

October’s Habit of Mind is persistingWhen we persist we keep trying and don’t give up easily. When we persist while solving a problem, we think about which strategy will work best.  If the strategy we start with doesn’t work, we know how to back up and try another.  When things don’t work out like you expect them to right away it can be be very frustrating, but people who know how to persist have a high tolerance for frustration.  People who persist understand that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Picture1The picture we associate with persisting is of a tall mountain, with a flag at the top, indicating that someone has succeeded In climbing it.  This reminds us to stay focused on our goal and not give up when things get hard.

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“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”       – Abraham Lincoln

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Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 – Black Elk

 

 

 

 

 

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“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment.  Full effort is full victory.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourself a difficult task but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”

– Hellen Keller

 

 

All of the most successful people in history have had to apply persistence to achieve their goals.  Another word for persistence is grit.  Your teachers and I will be thinking and talking about persistence and grit throughout the month of October.  Try practicing being gritty!  I’m interested in hearing how it goes.

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Love,

Bradley

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 9/21/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to the first School-wide morning meeting of the year! It’s so good to be back here with you in our auditorium, singing loud and proud!

This year all the classes in our school will be exploring a different Habit of Mind every month. September’s Habit of Mind is managing impulsivity. When we manage our impulsivity we think before we act, we stay focused on our goals and stop ourselves from saying or doing things that don’t help us achieve those goals. Managing impulsivity is having self control and being able to self regulate. Sometimes this can be really hard! But people who can manage their impulsivity often achieve great things.

The picture we associate with managing impulsivity is a traffic light with the yellow light shining.

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This reminds us to slow down, think and be deliberate. The great artist Vincent Van Gogh said,
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.” What do you think this means?
You will be learning more about this Habit of Mind throughout the month of September. But the truth is you will be practicing this Habit of Mind and getting better and better at it throughout your life.
Have a fantastic day everyone!

Love,

Bradley