Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Community project at the Ute Tribe Head Start

This group was very involved and received several positive comments and support from the Ute Tribe leaders.
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Chalk Therapy

These are some pictures that took too long to get posted on the blog. The girls really enjoyed being creative with it and expressing their gratitude. They have done so well this year with having an attitude of gratitude!

Hope you enjoy.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students

Hello parents and Alumna,
This is an article that Christine sent me to help me explain some of our perspective and aim when teaching students at Cedar Ridge Academy.
Hope it helps.
Thanks for all you do,
Sean

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-based-teaching-strategies-judy-willis

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How to Love Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind | iMOM

I found this article through Twitter and thought our Blog Followers would like it. There is some great information and perspective.
Hope you like it.
How to Love Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind | iMOM

Most of our students are getting back today from their Thanksgiving Holiday and we hope everyone had a good time here. The transition back typically takes a little bit of time for everyone to settle back into the routine.

Thank you again to all of our families for all you do in this process of loving and supporting this next generation of leaders.
We appreciate our opportunity to be part of their lives.
Sean and the Cedar Ridge Academy Team

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This week in Why Try group,
the students learned about "seeing over the wall."
The students created motivational posters to help remind them about what is keeping them from seeing over their cuurent issues and staying stuck.
The students all put their own twist on the activity and here are some of the results.








You can see the differet issues that are keeping the students stuck being represented as bricks in the wall, and keeping them from looking past the wall toward their hopes and aspirations.

Most of the students put a ladder or stairway that represents the steps they will have to take to make it over the wall.

One of the things I found interesting was the presence of a 'short-cut' in some of their drawings.

The existance of a 'short-cut' was very telling; it cropped-up exclusively in the drawings done my students who tend to look for an exeption to the 'hard-way' or try to find an easy out (rather than take the steps). More than likely, they've been able to manipulate their way out of responsibilities consistantly in the past.
Another example that shows that the student is unwilling to 'take the steps' is in the images with a connon.

These students were unable to elaborate on what their cannons symbolized, and tended to believe that one great effort or behavior would see them past all their problems and on to their goals.


Both symbols will give us a lot to talk about in our next meeting.



































Overall, I think the kids did a great job.

Not everyone accepted the concepts being taught, but most were willing to explore them.


































Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Eyes of the Child

Hello everyone!
I am working on a school project that I have been working on for a while. I have made a blog that explains it all! http://eyesofthechild.blogspot.com/ So take a look at it when you have some time. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at eyesofthechild@gmail.com and feel free to give the web site to your friends or other family members.
--Lauren A. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Small Group Goodness






Here are some of the things students have been doing in "School Engagement" group, during our 'small group' counseling block.

If you have ever participated/assisted in the Why Try program, these activities will look familiar. The Why Try program is an empirically based system that is currently in use across the country. The program has been proven to alter student perceptions about school and improve academic performance.
Cedar Ridge Guidance Counseling Department has implemented the Why Try program in order to compliment the core Cedar Ridge therapeutic principles within the context of school performance.






Here is an example of the "Reality Ride" activity. Students spend time trying to figure out how they cycle through negetive behaviors and consequences.


THis student got creative and made the ride a board game; each role of the die taking down a different path. If any one out ther works for Milton Bradley, take notice.



















Students then learned about 'Lables' and how to remove them. Here, the students thought hard and came up with their own lables.





I was really impressed with the students' engagement in the process. Hopefully, they will begin to think of themselves in terms of these new lables.






























































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