As the new school year begins, we would like to take a few minutes to give you a reminder of three key essentials to success with GrapeSEED.
- Preparation - Being in Memory Mode is so important to a productive GrapeSEED lesson. Knowing the Songs, Stories, Action Activities, and other materials frees you up to focus on your students and their growth and look less at the teaching tools. Having your materials organized and your lesson planned will shorten transitions from one teaching tool to the next thereby maximizing your teaching time. Remember to plan for movement every 4-8 minutes to help the students maintain focus and attention throughout the lesson.
- Effective Teaching during class - Make sure that all of your students can see you and the teaching tools. Think about ways to maintain students’ interest during the 20 exposures, for example, move locations in the classroom if possible, use Action Activities often, make sure your students are challenged, and use attention-getters such as occasional props to motivate yourself and the students. Use variety when planning a lesson- mix up the Songs, Stories, Poems, Big Books, and other materials. Encourage students by praising their efforts and successes. Deal with problems as they arise during the lesson. Allow students (and yourself) a fresh start every day.
- Self-Reflection - At the end of the day or at the end of the lesson think to yourself, "What can I do tomorrow that will help my students learn even more?"
Know Your Trainers!
Standing (left to right): Daniel Johnson, Marie Willis, Jennifer McDonald, Susan Wright, Jodie Shell, Julie Baxa. Sitting: Bridget Smith.
Welcome to our new GrapeSEED Teachers!
The entire GrapeSEED team had a busy spring and summer preparing our new GrapeSEED teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.
Elaine B.,Clinton Township,MI
Brianna B.,Clinton Township,MI
Julia H. R.,Louisville,KY
The Hartford Team,MI
The Corunna Team,Corunna,MI
The Louisville Leadership Team,KY
The Novi Preschool/Young 5's Team,MI
The Woodside Bible Team,Troy,MI
The Corunna Bridgeport Team,MI
We also welcome:
- Elementary & GSRP, Springport, MI
- CAA, Jackson, MI
- ABC Academy, Jackson, MI
- Vandercook Lake GSRP, Jackson, MI
- Valley View Elementary, Battle Creek, MI
- Palisades County School District, Pipersville, PA
- Southern Huntingdon County Schools, Three Springs, PA
- West Noble School Corporation, Ligonier, IN
- North Lawrence Community Schools, Bedford,IN
- East Allen School, East Allen, MI
- Tippecanoe School Corporation, Lafayette, IN
- Elkhart Community Schools, Elkhart IN
- Goshen Community Schools, Goshen IN
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Interlink School in Azerbaijan
In early July, Natalie and Wayne Sawatsky from Interlink School in Azerbaijan spent a bit of time in the United States. Interlink is lovingly owned by the Sawatsky's, where Wayne serves as Administrator and Adult English teacher, and Natalie is Program Coordinator and lead GrapeSEED teacher to children ages 4 through 13. While visiting Michigan, the Sawatsky's were honored with the "Touchstone Teacher Award" and also spent a meaningful morning in Mrs. Michele Tucker's GrapeSEED Summer School class at Mars Elementary in Berrien Springs. An amazing partnership is blooming!
Tips and Tricks on Moving on to the next Unit
Moving on to a new Unit? Here are some tips and tricks from GrapeSEED Teachers to help make the transition to your next GrapeSEED Unit go smoothly.
- "Write down your open-ended and closed questions on the back of the story cards so you do not have to think of a question to ask. There are those 'brain dead days' that your brain cannot think of a question...now you just have to read it! It also works well if an aide needs to take over because you are called to meet a new student or take a telephone call." - Michele T.
- “Stick the CD in your car for your drive to and from work. Learning the new songs will be a breeze!” - Courtney F.
- “To help with memory mode, I try and listen to the CD while I get ready for the day. If I have a limited time, I focus on the material I am covering for that day.” - Terry M.
- “Packing Up - I keep my vocabulary cards clipped to the back of the corresponding GrapeSEED material when I put them away. This makes unpacking them next year much easier!” - Courtney F.
- “We have End of Unit celebrations. At the end of Unit 1, the kids and teachers wear the color of the unit we are finishing and we have cupcakes with the focus color frosting. We say goodbye to each teaching tool as it is put back into the box. 'Goodbye Red! Goodbye Mice in the Barn!'"
- “Let the kids know you are finishing a Unit and moving on to the next one. When the kids come in the next day, they’ll squeal with delight over the excitement of a new Unit.” - Marie W.
What do you do to keep yourself and the children motivated through 20 exposures of GrapeSEED?
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