The Cooper School Daily

No…No…No…

“Ms Lindsay can I….?” My response, “No, no, no.”

“Should I say this ridiculous thing out loud? Again, my response, “No, no, no.”

Run in the halls? Response, “No, no, no.”

To be frank, I have been trained to refrain from no! Positive discipline encourages explaining what you want the child or adolescent to do instead of just flat out saying, “NO!” For example, “Put your feet on the ground, “ instead of saying “NO! Stop climbing the fence!” As much as I do practice this positive vernacular to guide behavior that is expected, I am finding a new respect for just a plain, direct, and affirmative NO!

Starting out as a friendly inside joke in one of my classes, before I knew it, the phrase “no, no, no” was not just implemented by me, but the kids too. It was heard in a British accent, slow, fast, silly, and even very sternly. If someone was being loud, unkind, disruptive, I could just look at them and they knew what three word phrase was about to come. It became the hip phrase of the week somehow and honestly, behavior was noticeably better.

Why? According to Psychology Today, there is a lot of power in the word “no,” which is easily misunderstood and sometimes difficult to engage because it is confused with negativity. Where negativity is an attitude, “no” is an affirmation of a very clear choice. It is a clear boundary between the person stating it and the influence of others, which is why it can be challenging to say, specifically in social situations. However, when the kids clearly heard “no,” they knew what they were doing was not ok. They may not have known what to do to replace the behavior, but they at least knew to stop what they were doing.

I played with “No, no, no,” in my out of school life too last week. “Linds, do you want to …?” If it wasn’t a heck ya, my response was “no, no, no.” I noticed that giving myself permission to use the phrase did indeed affirm a clear boundary, which seemed to be received respectfully because I was blatantly honest and concise, maybe because I said it in a British accent. LOL

Why do we say it three times? Ask Amy Winehouse 😀

-LD


What’s happening in Social Studies?
Eighth graders worked through their Imperialism Unit by analyzing some indigenous peoples responses to being imperialized. Students were assessed on the unit before diving into their Midterm studies.

Next week, we will focus strictly on preparation for their midterms. Their midterms will take place the following Monday.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, 8th grade transitioned back to vocabulary and began their novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird. Readers showed great enthusiasm for beginning this classic piece of literature, pouring over necessary historical background information and consuming the first few chapters with care. Be sure to remind your readers to keep track of the TKaM packet provided to them – it will contain space for class notes and chapter questions. This will be collected for a grade at the end of the unit.

Next week, 8th grade will examine novel turning points, conflicts, and examine the title’s meaning. We will learn about connotative and denotative wording as we move through Lee’s rich, poetic, and often humorous narration.

What’s happening in Science?
This week, eighth graders worked diligently on their science fair projects. They finished up their background research, formulated their procedures, gathered materials, and set up their experiments. Some students have already collected data and they will collect data over the next few weeks. As they work on their projects, the eighth graders are learning about the scientific process and how to utilize its methods. This project will prepare them for high school science when they head off next year.
What’s happening in Math?
This week, 8th graders compared graphs and equations of exponential functions and took their mid unit assessment on Wednesday. Next week, we’ll explore increasing and decreasing by percentages, and how we can apply this to populations and interests. Finally, we’ll compare exponential functions to linear functions!

Important Dates:
Friday, January 26 8:15-9:00 AM – 2nd, 4th, and 8th Artist of the Month Coffee
Saturday, January 27 5:30pm-9:00pm – Family Fun Outing – Carolina Stingrays Game
February 14th- Valentine’s Day Book Fair, Bake Sale and Bingo!
February 19th & 20th- February Break