The Cooper School Daily

How am I Doing?

Such a simple question, that can be so loaded. After self-assessments students really got a new perspective on themselves and who they are as young people as well as young learners. Oftentimes, people have a difficult time looking within themselves objectively. 

This week, we have kicked off our self-regulation SEL unit. We have been assessing our feelings each morning, and realizing what makes us happy, as well as, what might trigger us to be in a bad mood, and the impact that might have on the rest of our day. 

Learning how to self-regulate is an important skill that children learn both for emotional maturity and later social connections. Self-regulation involves taking a pause between a feeling and an action—taking the time to think things through, make a plan, and wait patiently. Children often struggle with these behaviors, and adults may as well. As we continue to utilize self-regulation strategies, including mindfulness and cognitive reappraisal, students start to gain the benefits. 

In general, people who are adept at self-regulating tend to act in accordance with their values, calm themselves when upset, cheer themselves up when feeling down, maintain open communication, persist through difficult times, remain flexible and adapting to situations, take control of situations when necessary, and view challenges as opportunities. All things that we strive for each one of your sons and daughters to be capable of doing. We are happy to be a guide and mentor to help your children put self-regulation into practice. 

What’s happening in Science:

This week, historians began to plan their “Coffee Talk” shows about Ancient Rome! Talk show hosts will be interviewing famous Romans such as Julius Caesar or even commoners to retell their experiences they had between 200 B.C. to 80 A.D in Rome. They also finished up their posters and opinion articles about plastic pollution in Charleston.

What’s up in Math?

Fifth Graders went over their module 4 Mid-Module Assessments, in order to learn from any of their mistakes, and were challenged with higher level fraction word problems with multiplying a non-fraction unit by a non-fraction unit and solving real-world application problems. 

Sixth Graders have been replacing numbers with letters, and gaining confidence with written expressions. 

In Writing:

Journalists had a great time decoding newspaper jargon, observing what newspapers are like in a democratic society and observed bias in the press. Journalists had a wonderful time interviewing others about their thoughts and opinions about bias in the news.

Important Dates:

March 29- April 6 Spring Break