• Great People

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 2/2/2024

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  • Artificial Intelligence

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 1/26/2024

    AI can be a valuable resource to enhance learning experiences and engage students in new and innovative ways. I know the idea of using AI can be frightening for people, but it can also be a very exciting and helpful tool. 

    Here's a quick guide: 

    1. Tools for Instruction: AI tools like ChatGPT can be utilized to create tests, quizzes, homework and save teachers time. 

    1. Extra Help for Students: Think of AI as a helpful sidekick. It can provide personalized learning experiences, adapting to each student's needs and learning speed. 

    1. Differentiate Instruction: AI can be used to differentiate tests, quizzes, etc. to meet students' learning needs and instructional levels. 

    1. Fun Learning with AI: Explore AI applications that make learning exciting. Virtual assistants, language tools, and educational games with AI can make your lessons more interactive. 

    1. See How Students Are Doing: Use AI analytics to understand how your students are doing. This data can help you identify areas where students might need more support. 

    1. Encourage Thinking: Get your students thinking critically. Teach them to question and analyze information from AI tools, helping them become smart digital thinkers. 

    1. Talk About Ethics: Discuss the ethical side of AI with your students. Chat about things like fairness in AI and how to use technology responsibly. 

    1. Learn Together: Stay in the know about AI in education. Attend workshops and training sessions to boost your confidence in using AI tools. 

    AI is all around us and our students are using tools on a daily basis.

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  • Duncan Kirkwood- Run Towards Your Purpose

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 12/8/2023

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  • First Responder Mentality

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 12/1/2023

    We have received great feedback from Duncan Kirkwood’s presentations to students and staff on Wednesday. One of my most important takeaways from the staff presentation was the idea that school staff are first responders. We are working with students and families every day on way more than education, but what are the critical parts of adopting a first responder mentality in a school system?

     

    1. Vigilance and Preparedness: We need to ensure staff and students can identify warning signs, report concerns, and respond appropriately to potential security threats. We need to always be mindful of doors, windows, visitors, etc. to keep the building secure.

     

    1. Training and Education: We are working to provide all staff members with first aid, AED, and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to provide our staff with as many tools as possible to help our students. Additionally, we are developing a plan to provide CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) training to everyone, which will focus on de-escalation techniques to help defuse a situation.

     

    1. Creating a Safe and Nurturing Environment: Beyond the practical emergency response procedures, the first responder mentality emphasizes creating a safe and nurturing environment for all students. The importance of relationships with students can not be overstated. We will not have the same relationship with every student, but we must have personal interactions with every student we work with in school. The hunt the good stuff strategy is a quick and easy way to learn about our students and is a great tool for checking in with kids. The three minutes spent on students' mental health with yield tremendous academic dividends.

     

    For anyone who was not able to participate in the presentations, This Moment Counts is a sample video of Duncan’s presentation.

    One of the other important lessons in the presentation to staff was to remember your fun. Use the weekend time to have fun to rejuvenate from the week.

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  • Duncan Kirkwood- This Moment Counts

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 11/29/2023

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  • Choose Your Attitude

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 10/27/2023

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  • Educator Motivation

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 9/15/2023

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  • Connect and Care

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 9/15/2023

    As we start the new year, it’s essential to remember that we’re not alone in this journey. Each of our students, families, teachers, and staff members needs someone to lean on, share our thoughts with, or simply have a friendly conversation. That’s why I continue to emphasize the importance of support and connection within our school community. Relationships matter.

     

    We have an incredible team of dedicated individuals, and together, we can create an environment where support and understanding flourish. Whether it’s a student’s well-being, personal struggles, or the daily stresses we encounter, having someone to talk to makes a world of difference.

     

    In only the second week of school, we have had several students and families in crisis and staff members who feel stressed/ saddened about their limited ability to help their students with the trauma that they are experiencing. We must lean on each other for support.

     

    A strategy to help our staff help our students (and each other) foster an even stronger sense of connection in ‘Connect and Care.’

     

    Connect: Take a moment to reach out to a student or colleague you haven’t spoken to recently or someone you feel comfortable confiding in. Whether it’s a short break in the faculty room, in a classroom, or a friendly e-mail, take a moment to connect with empathy and kindness.

     

    Care: When you connect, actively listen and show genuine interest in one another’s experiences. Share your thoughts, offer encouragement, and be there to support each other. Sometimes a simple conversation can bring comfort and a fresh perspective.

     

    Remember, we all have unique circumstances and challenges, approaching each other with empathy and compassion will make a world of difference.

     

    If you feel overwhelmed and need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out and we will be there for you.

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  • Know your Why

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 8/28/2023

    As educators, at the beginning of a new school year, it’s important to pause and reflect on our ‘why’. Understanding our purpose and the reasons behind what we do can bring clarity and motivation to our daily lives in school.

    For students, knowing your ‘why’ means understanding the value of education, the goals you want to achieve, and the dreams you aspire to fulfill, it’s about connecting your learning to your passions and future. By discovering your ‘why’, you can find purpose in every assignment, project, and challenge that comes your way.

    For teachers, knowing your ‘why’ is at the heart of everything they do for students. It’s the driving force behind their dedication, lessons, and desire to make a positive impact on students. By knowing their ‘why’, teachers can inspire and empower students to become lifelong learners, and create a transformative educational experience.

    For school-related personnel, knowing your ‘why’ is the foundation for important roles. It’s getting students to school safely, making sure students eat healthy meals, and making sure students' mental, physical, and emotional needs are met on a daily basis. Knowing your ‘why’ is about connecting with students.

    For school leaders, knowing their ‘why’ means understanding the larger vision and goals for BCS. It’s ensuring a safe, inclusive, and conducive environment for learning. By embracing their ‘why’, school leaders can lead with purpose.

    As we begin the 23-24 school year, remembering our ‘why’ will be at the forefront of decisions and interactions throughout the BCS community.

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  • Recipe for Communication

    Posted by Wendy Butler on 12/1/2022

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