A couple of my NELP students and a couple of our SELP students went to a speech contest on Saturday. Unfortunately, I couldn't go because I had my Seishin English Hills Elementary School lessons that day, and so Matthew went with the students. The mother of one of my students took these photos. I'm happy to say that all the students did very well.
Here are more pictures from this week's NELP classes.
Here are the first graders playing UNO. NELP UNO is a little different from regular UNO. When a player plays a card, they have to ask another player a question. When a player can't play a card, another player has to ask THEM a question. We had a pretty amusing time.
Here are the third graders working on their Public Service Announcement video.
They've decided to make one video instead of two because we're running out of time in 3rd grade and we only have a little more time together. They have no idea how sad that thought makes me!
I'm really going to miss having them in my junior high classes. My third graders have been such an extraordinary group of students and I've had a lot of fun with them the last three years.
I often quote Pablo Picasso: I am always doing that which I cannot do in order to learn how to do it.
I think this quote expresses the NELP program very well. I always tell my students that the best way to learn how to do something is just to do it. It saves a lot of talking.
As well, I tell my students "You can't learn something without making mistakes. You do it. You do it wrong. I adjust. You do it again. You do it better." It's like my other favorite NELP quote (this time from Samuel Beckett): "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
I was telling my students just today that it's a FAILING of education that we teachers always try to tell students exactly what to do and how to do it and what to give us so that we'll be happy. Bosses and supervisors and managers almost NEVER tell their workers exactly what they want. They often simply say "Do it." And then if it's not what they want, they say "Do it again."
It's my belief that if we ONLY teach our students how to follow directions, we're only preparing them to be FOLLOWERS. If we want these young women to go out into the world and be LEADERS, we must teach them to think, to do things they don't know how to do, to do things they've never done before, to do things that are OUTSIDE of their "comfort zone."
Naturally, this makes some of my students extremely unhappy because they never know: "Am I doing it right? Is this good enough? Is this what Mark is looking for?" I'm very sorry to make my students suffer, but I believe this experience is very good for them because this is what their employers will expect of them.
Naturally, none of my girls believe they will someday be "The Boss". But being a manager or supervisor or boss ... being a LEADER ... is something that people very rarely choose for themselves. It's often something that, initially, someone asks them to become.
My high school students are creative, hardworking and brilliantly intelligent. I have NO DOUBT that they really will be the leaders of tomorrow. I just hope I can prepare them just a little and help them just a little even so that someday they will be GREAT leaders.
This term, in the high school first grade class, we're discussing business. More specific, we're discussing leadership and organization.
The students had three winter vacation assignments.
1. The students had to write an agenda for a business meeting.
2. The students had to find three jokes.
3. The students had to answer this question: What is a successful business meeting?
In our first lesson, we had a discussion. The topic was: What is a successful manager? We talked about the qualities of a good boss.
In our first writing lesson, we talked about how to write an agenda for a meeting.
Today, we talked about how to host a meeting. Specifically we talked about how to open a meeting, how to introduce ourselves confidently to a group, how to introduce ourselves professionally to an individual, and how to show confidence. I also talked to the students a bit more about writing an agenda.
Next Tuesday, we're going to talk about refrigerators, and next Thursday we'll talk about the importance of humor as a business and management tool.