Monday, July 30, 2012

No Quick Fix! Clip Chart Freebie!

My oldest daughter is home for the summer before finishing her final year in  college. She is studying chemistry and biology. She has an amazing brain and she has the ability to think things through in a way I have not been gifted with. She does tend to lose things like cell phones, keys, and wallets, but as long as she doesn't lose her mind, she's going places. Her goal is to go to planet Mars someday. Her name happens to be, Mars! Many people don't know this, but I'm letting you in on a family secret. Her real name is Margaret. She was named after my mom and sister. Since she discovered the planet Mars at the age of three, everyone has called her Mars.

Kpm Doodles!
Mars is working in childcare for the summer. The last two years she had been working at a place she lovingly nicknamed "Stinkins Adventure". She is really good at coming up with nicknames! At this job she threw food to people who complained loudly about its cost for the amount of food they were given. She really didn't have any control over this. She followed the rules and people got mad at her. She couldn't do it another year, so she stepped out in faith and quit before her first day of work. When a job came up for her in childcare she jumped at it.

I had never imagined her in childcare. I've seen how caring she is towards her brother and sister. I watched her frustration with me and her father when she's had to lovingly explain or teach us something. Sarcasm is dripping here! She'll be the first to admit that she doesn't have a lot of patience. Guess what! You guessed it! She is doing a wonderful job working with toddlers. She thinks they're funny. She is a case study in God giving us what we need at the right time. I've seen her in action. She is loving, kind, caring and warm with these wonderful little people.

So she came home from work one day this week and asked if she could read my Conscious Discipline book. She wants to help a couple of her charges learn to behave in a more appropriate way. She is trying to get inside their minds and figure out how they work. Uh-oh, she's invested in these little cuties. She has only a month before she heads back to school. I love Conscious Discipline and I would  have gladly handed her the book, BUT it isn't a quick fix guide. I would love for her to read it. I think it is a wonderful guide not only for teachers, but also for parents, bosses, mentors, anyone in leadership! The draw back for her right now is that  CD isn't quick. It is a life changing retrain of our brains. We have to "see" situations differently. Chapter 1 on composure is opening my eyes to see how I can create an environment in my home and classroom for my family and owlets. The first four principles are easy to remember:
1. Self control is necessary when disciplining children.
2. No one makes us angry unless we give them permission.
3. We must have a plan to reduce stress for ourselves and those around us.
4. Everyone in the classroom has the job of keeping the classroom safe.

These are wonderful principals for us all. I am so excited to start using CD language in my classroom in the fall. I haven't thought a whole lot about my physical classroom structure, but I have been praying for my students everyday and I have been thinking about how I can use Composure to make my classroom environment best for student learning.

Back to Mars. I wanted to give her a quick fix. I've never used a clip chart, but I thought it might help her little ones learn some composure! We talked about it and she got pretty excited. So, I've made her a clip chart for her little monsters little cuties. Even though owls are my theme in the fall, I'm thinking about trying this in my room. I would hate for my owlets to get tired of owls. I want them to remember O(only) W(with) the L(Lord's) S(strength) we can do all things.
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 Let me know what you think!

Don't forget I'm looking for a home for this owl!


  1. Hey Jenny! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I live in Sturgis so I AM on the west side of the state. I'd love to organize a meetup over this way sometime! Where do you live? I loved reading about your daughters changes in dreams. My daughter thought she wanted to be in Interior Design. She would have done well in that area, but only 6 weeks into ID, she changed her mind and went into teaching, which was a natural for her. She is now in Houston teaching 4th grade. I am and have been a follower of yours for a while.

  2. I love CD, but I have to agree it isn't a quick fix. However it does help you position yourself to look at things differently right away.

    You asked on my blog about The Book Whisperer for younger children. I think it is totally appropriate. I felt the same way as you at first, but then I realized what she's saying is that in order to empower children to learn how to choose the right books for themselves and read a lot, you have to read a lot of books because you have to know what book to share with what child. We do a lot of read alouds in K-2, but we also choose books specifically for individual children whom we know well. We need to do this for all children. The more books we read and can share, the better Book Whisperers we all can be.

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

  3. This book sounds like its fits my philosphy and way of teaching. I use Responsive Classroom and love it and the principles of CD sound a lot like it. I think it would fit well with RC. Thanks for sharing this resource!

  4. Just love the Mars nickname! I grew up always wanting a nickname, but none really came about:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee


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