OAKLAND, CA - As the holiday season begins and the year comes to a close, it’s important to take the time to say thank you to your leaders, administrators, and teachers to let them know how much they are appreciated.
Here are three ways you can thank your team throughout the year:
1. Surprise your staff with an after-school social
At the beginning of the day, place a banana along with the a note including the above cartoon in each person’s mailbox that says “Find out why you received this fun surprise. Head to Room ____ after school!” Once the school day is over, surprise them with a banana split ice-cream social with all of their favorite fixings.
2. Host your own version of a “Paint Night” in the daytime
Paint night events are popular on the social scene because they are fun to attend, allow you to be creative, and don’t require experience. With this in mind, provide your staff with your own version of this event during the day to give them a space to unwind, socialize, and create their own painting to take home.
This month, Oakland Charter High School hosted an “Eat, Paint, & Be Thankful” event for their administration and teachers to show their appreciation for all the hard work they had done throughout the year for their students. Check out the video below to see a glimpse of their event.
3. Be a Coffee Hero
Working in education means early mornings to prepare your classroom, print out teaching materials, and even tutor students who arrive before school begins. Thank your staff by bringing in coffee and bagels to brighten their day.
RICHMOND, CA - At Richmond Charter Academy, students have the opportunity to participate in an After School Educational and Safety program, also known as ASES, that offers fun, interactive, and educational activities outside of the classroom. One of their favorite weekly traditions includes pulling out the chess boards and challenging their friends to a friendly game of strategy, focus, and creativity. Research shows that learning to play a game like chess is not just a fun game to play outside of the classroom, but actually teaches them skills that can help them improve their learning abilities.
Here are three reasons why your student should play chess:
1. Its helps them learn problem-solving skills
Chess has become a popular sport to play in schools because it teaches students to strategize, focus, and make decisions in order to achieve their main objective – capture their opponent’s king. Playing chess is not the simplest of games and challenges students to learn about multiple topics at once. In order to play, they must learn how to set up a board, the roles of each of their game pieces, and adopt an, “if-then” type of thinking. Through the process of becoming an effective chess player, students improve their problem-solving skills that helps pave the way for more in-depth critical thinking in the future.
2. It improves concentration and memory
When playing chess, your goals include keeping as many of your own pieces on the board, protecting your king, eliminating your opponents pieces, and of course, capturing your opponent’s king. With these objectives in mind, students learn to concentrate on the tasks at hand and make strategic moves that will allow them to stay in the game until the end. Being that students will likely play chess with some of the same people over and over, it also enhances their memory as they may begin to remember their opponent’s strategies and what has worked for them in the past.
3. It increases self-confidence
Not only is chess fun and educational, it also makes students more confident. They learn to think on their feet and make quick decisions which translates not just on the board, but in their own personal lives. There is nothing better than winning a chess game to increase your self-esteem!
Learn more about Richmond Charter Academy at amethodschools.org/RCA.