Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

Entering the Halls Before 7:50am and before Pick Up

Just a reminder that parents and students should not be in the hallways prior to 7:50am unless they have made an appointment with the teacher. Students need to wait in the lobby or cafeteria until 7:50 and then travel to their classrooms.

Please also be respectful of our learning environment at pick up time by waiting in the lobby until 3 minutes before dismissal to walk to the classrooms and by being quiet in the halls while waiting.

Habits of Mind (HOM)

I encourage you to use the Habits of Mind as a topic of discussion with your family. Please share how you developed this HOM over the years and help explain the importance of the HOM and how you use it in your life. The use of stories is a powerful way to support all learning.

The Habit of Mind for this edition is:

Questioning and Posing Problems
What is it? – Finding problems to solve.
Sounds like – “I wonder if…. How high can birds fly? How are these related to each other?”
Looks like – Being curious and seeking answers.
Feels like – If I ask the right questions I can figure out this question.

Some students may be unaware of how asking questions help make sense of the world. They may not realize that questions vary in complexity, structure, and purpose. Students that are good at questioning and posing problems go beyond asking simple questions. When confronted with a discrepancy they have a strategy to search and find a solution. It is helpful to model how you pose problems and ask questions to solve complex problems.

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experiential skill….. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances.” Albert Einstein

Information on Habits of Mind are taken from the book Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick.

February 28-March 17 – Parent Survey – We encourage all parents to complete this survey!

March 29, 30 and 31 – The Famous Lawrence PTO Play!

Sincerely, Warren Blair
warren_blair@psbma.org

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