The Cooper School Daily

You Gotta Keep It Regulated

We are finishing up our self-regulation study this week in our Advisories. Over the past six weeks, we have talked about what stresses out, how anxiety looks to us, and ways to manage stress and anxiety both at school and at home.

Yesterday in my advisory, we started to watch a waterfall video with a woman directing us to tense and then relax our muscles to feel calm. We all looked at each other and laughed because it was so not what we do…ever! I witnessed that my students, your children, self-regulate all day long. They have tools that they have been taught, figured out on their own, and even shared with others. That being said, the waterfall video seemed so hokey that we just turned it off, listened to Canon-D on repeat, and independently chose a technique that made us all feel more grounded. Some kids played a puzzle game, one person held Monty, others drew and some read. We created our own meditative moment based on individual needs…and it was intrinsic! We all collectively wanted to feel grounded because it just feels good!

Later that afternoon, my own children debriefed their school day, telling me about mistakes they made throughout the day. As First and Third Graders, obviously their self-regulation strategies look very different from the middle schoolers. As I reflected, I realized that they too were truly intrinsically motivated to be regulated at school. They don’t have a clip moved down, or punitive punishments to make them feel ashamed or embarrassed. Instead, they have to realize that they are talking out of turn or having a hard time staying in criss-cross applesauce during circle time.

What’s the common denominator?

Cooper…The goal for Cooper School teachers is to help our students intrinsically be motivated to be regulated in the school environment. Our day is not just teaching academics, but guiding our students to become aware of the behaviors that are disruptive, hurtful, or just not acceptable in a learning environment. Our Cooper kids are working on lifelong skills that will help them mature and grow 🙂


Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh Graders wrapped up their moon lessons and taught the class what they learned! We learned about the “Far Side” of the moon, tides, king tides, how the moon has influenced our nation, the moon’s impact on other cultures in history, and more! Next week we will begin our first trimester science project. They will question, explore, research, and present their findings and opinions on space exploration. They will create TedTalk presentations or TedEds to spread their word and teach you, their parents, about their information. Presentations will take place at school before the end of the trimester. The date and time will be decided soon!

What’s up in Math?
Done with the first unit! We’re already a few lessons into the next unit – some new things, and some extensions of the Unit 1 things we learned. Remember all those shapes (polygons) that the 7th graders were reflecting, rotating and translating? Well, we’re doing the same thing with them now, but they’re not staying identical anymore. All the angles and side lengths used to stay the same, and the shapes stayed congruent (identical). That’s child’s play; the 7th-graders are ready for dilations – making shapes bigger or smaller by a scale factor (like, bigger by 3x, or smaller by ⅓). When this happens every side length shrinks or grows by the exact same scale. The shapes still look the same, because the angles don’t change, but they’re just a different size. So we’ve been doing a lot of scale factor work in the past few days, and I think it’s about time for a mini-assessment to see how well all that info has sunk in. The most important thing they’ve learned is that figures that are dilated are mathematically similar, not congruent. (Know that one for the assessment, 7th-graders!)

What’s happening in ELA?
Seventh Graders are working on writing their realistic fiction stories. Please take a look at their writings and give them some helpful feedback. They should include imagery and dialogue in their writings. Students should also apply the grammar skills they are learning to what they have written. Due to school being canceled for inclement weather, rubrics will not be sent home until next Friday and the following Monday. Please encourage students to continue to read during this long weekend.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
In Seventh Grade we focused on finishing our colonial unit. Students were introduced to colonial society and the middle passage then moved forward into the colonial governments.

Students will be assessed on their knowledge moving into next week. Students will then be introduced to the Revolutionary unit where we put our focus on the American Revolution.

Important Dates:

October 17-18 – Fall Break – No School