The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

First Assembly Of The Year

Today we had our first assembly, or what we call a Coyote College (the coyote being the mascot of Wiley Elementary School), of the year. My class did a great job coming in quietly and taking their seats and staying quiet throughout the assembly. We watched a video about our school-wide expectations, met our school robot, Big Red, and then had our Duct Tape Divas introduce the theme for our school this year.

The theme is taken from a new song by Sara Bareilles.

Our theme is “I want to see you be brave!” This theme fits in very, very well with the theme I have for my classroom, which is to Choose Kind. Kindness is a sign of bravery, especially when you are being kind to someone who isn’t being shown kindness by others. We are going to be reading several books that tie into the joint themes of braveness and kindness.

Oh, and in case you want to know, here are the lyrics to our theme song:

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if youSay what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be braveWith what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

And lastly, welcome to all of the new parents who have found my blog! I will be using this to post daily updates, usually before 3:30 pm. (Today I had a cub scout pack meeting I had to prepare for so I didn’t get a chance to get my post done earlier.) I hope that each of the parents in my room will encourage their children to be brave and to choose kind!

 

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2 responses

  1. Nicole Tami (Lumina's mom)

    Cool video and a fun way to communicate an important life lesson. I’ve been reading your blog and am enjoying the daily updates. I’m hearing positive feedback about the class and want to wish all of the students and you a great year.

    August 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    • Thank you! I hope as many parents as possible visit the blog each day!

      August 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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