When kids say, “I’m stupid”

There are few things that tear at our hearts more than hearing our kids say, “I’m stupid.”

At first glance the following parent seems to be right on track:

No you are not stupid. Honey, think of all of the things you are good at. How about reading? You’re good at that! And, remember how much you improved in baseball last summer. Stupid kids don’t learn how to hit curve balls like you did. And your art is wonderful. If you were dumb, would you have been able to learn how to create those drawings with such wonderful three-dimensional perspectives? I don’t think so.

At second glance, we realize that this well-meaning parent is actually lending credibility to their child’s “I’m stupid” remark… by spending so much time and energy addressing it.

The Love and Logic approach is much simpler…just ask your student, “Aren’t you glad that I don’t believe that?”

The same response is fitting when a student says, “I can’t do this.” Rather than trying to convince the student that they are wrong, just ask the student, “Aren’t you glad I don’t believe you?” Said with a positive voice and a smile, a student has no choice but to agree with you!

Read more about how to handle these types of negative comments.

Originally posted 2013-10-11 16:53:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Online activities for Friday, March 27

See our Online School Agenda to see what we worked on today. You and your students can easily get to the agenda from go.mrhowd.com/online. We work from 9 am to 2 pm daily, with an hour lunch break, although today was a “half day,” we finished at noon!

Today was supposed to be the school talent show, so check out our Room 130 Talent Show!

Reading: Today as a Literature Circles discussion day. Students discussed their notes from the “Stargazing” book they read yesterday. Check the Online School Agenda for links. Reading is at 9:00 am daily.

Writing: Students did more prewriting for their I-Search informational research project. Students made a list of possible ideas and started to narrow down the list or choose one topic to learn about. Homework is decide on an interesting information topic to learn about. We work on writing at 1 pm daily.

Math: We worked on drawing angles today. Check the Online School Agenda for links to the skills we worked on and a tutorial video. We work on math at 11 am.

Science: We worked more on a science forum to discuss how a mother dolphin would send a sound to her calf far away, and how the calf could recognize its mother. Check the Online School Agenda for links and directions. Homework is to finish the Science Forum if not yet. We work on science at 10 am.

Social Studies: We learned about top Michigan and US imports and exports, and who are top trading partner are. Students completed a note page about what they learned. Check the Online School Agenda for specifics. Social studies is at 10:30 daily. Homework is to finish the Import and Export Chart if not finished yet.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Online activities for Thursday, March 26

See our Online School Agenda to see what we worked on today. You and your students can easily get to the agenda from go.mrhowd.com/online. We work from 9 am to 2 pm daily, with an hour lunch break!

Reading: Today’s assignment a Literature Circles reading day. Students were to read a book called, “Stargazing” and to write some notes to discuss tomorrow. Check the Online School Agenda for links. Reading is at 9:00 am daily.

Writing: We used a Zoom video chat to talk about our next writing project, the I-Search informational research project. Students will be researching a topic and sharing their research as a digital presentation during our I-Search Conference at the end of April (if we are back to school!). Homework is for students to think of interesting information topics they would like to learn about. We work on writing at 1 pm daily.

Math: We started to work on naming and measuring angles today. Check the Online School Agenda for links to the skills we worked on and a tutorial video. We work on math at 11 am.

Science: We looked at screencasts students posted of their model of a signature whistle, which was yesterday’s assignment. Some students made screencasts today. Then students commented in a Science Forum. Check the Online School Agenda for links and directions. Homework is to finish the screencast and Science Forum if not yet. We work on science at 10 am.

Social Studies: We started our next lesson about the global economy. Today students looked around their house for products that were imported to America and wrote notes about that. Check the Online School Agenda for specifics. Social studies is at 10:30 daily.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Online activities for Wednesday, March 25

See our Online School Agenda to see what we worked on today. You and your students can easily get to the agenda from go.mrhowd.com/online. We work from 9 am to 2 pm daily, with an hour lunch break!

Reading: Today’s assignment was to practice reading with Epic books and MobyMax TestPrep Reading Skills Literature and Informational. Check the Online School Agenda for links. Reading is at 9:00 am daily.

Writing: Today’s assignment was to work on editing and publishing. Today was our last work day for our novel. We will be starting an informational project next. Check how your student is doing here. We work on writing at 1 pm daily.

The novel project is due Wednesday, March 25. Homework is to work on writing for at least 15 minutes daily during the week.

Math: We started to work on measuring angles today. Check the Online School Agenda for links to the skills we worked on and a tutorial video. We work on math at 11 am.

Science: We used a simulation again to model dolphins’ signature whistles. Students were asked to finish or improve the note pages from yesterday. Students also make a screencast of their model of a signature whistle. Check the Online School Agenda for links and directions. Homework is to finish the screencast and post it to go.mrhowd.com/online. We work on science at 10 am.

Social Studies: We reviewed specialization and division of labor with a quizizz game. Check the Online School Agenda for specifics. Social studies is at 10:30 daily.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Online activities for Tuesday, March 24

See our Online School Agenda to see what we worked on today. You and your students can easily get to the agenda from go.mrhowd.com/online. We work from 9 am to 2 pm daily, with an hour lunch break!

Reading: Today’s assignment was to practice reading with MobyMax Foundational Reading and Reading Stories. Check the Online School Agenda for links. Reading is at 9:00 am daily.

Writing: Today’s assignment was to work on editing. Some students also chose partners and commenting on a partner’s writing for a revising conference. Check how your student is doing here. We work on writing at 1 pm daily.

The novel project is due Wednesday, March 25. Homework is to work on writing for at least 15 minutes daily during the week.

Math: Students took the plane figures unit test today. Check the Online School Agenda for links to the skills we worked on and a tutorial video. We work on math at 11 am. Our class average for plane figures ended at 92% in just 7 days of online work! We’ll moving on to measuring angles next.

Science: We used a simulation to model dolphins’ signature whistles and wrote some note pages. Check the Online School Agenda for links. Homework is to finish the Simulating Dolphins Signature Whistles note pages if not done this morning. We work on science at 10 am.

Social Studies: We watched some videos and answered some questions about assembly lines. Check the Online School Agenda for specifics. Social studies is at 10:30 daily.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.