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    First Day of School-Connections Activity
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    Dear Teachers,

    Here is a break down of your first period time and what should be covered during that time. If you have questions, please email me and I will get back with you as soon as possible. So much will be going on...just take a deep breathe, smile, and enjoy the ride. Have a great first day.

    830-915a Connections Group: Introductions, explain purpose of connections (I've included some things you can say down below), activities (puzzle first, pennant blueprint second-explained more below), and review of round robin (explain how the rest of the day will go).

    Introductions: Introduce yourself, what class you teach, why you're excited to be here at QSI, or any other fun fact about you. You can have the students introduce themselves if you want.

    Purpose of connections: Welcome to connections group. Connections will happen every Wednesday from 830-850a. So every Wednesday morning we will meet here or for connections. So what will we be doing during this time? This time will be used to help connect you the student to the school. To help you connect with your peers, connect with your teachers, and connect with the school culture, that's why we call it connections. We will be doing relational strengthening exercises, learning about our own strengths and weaknesses, and learning about the school culture and how you play a part in it as a student here. 

    Activity1 "Puzzle" instructions: You will each receive a puzzle piece to decorate. 1. Choose the Succcess Orientation of your choice. 2. Visualize what comes to mind when you think of this Success Orientation. 3. Illustrate the Success Orientation by covering your puzzle piece with an artwork. Note: Colorful is better. Use any materials you have on hand-crayons, colored pencils, sharpies, markers, etc. 4. You will have 10 minutes to complete your puzzle piece and turn them in to me. Your puzzle piece will be a part of a great mural. Thank them for participating in the activity.

    Activity2 "Pennant Blueprint" instructions: Each connections group will receive a wooden pennant to decorate. This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 6th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. So today should be spent on coming up with a plan a blueprint of how your group will decorate your pennant. Once you have a plan, figure out what materials you will need for your next connections group time. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

    Review of round robin: Explain to the group what their day will be like (you can write it down on your board for you and students to see), explain how the round robin will work and get them excited about their first day and the craziness, but fun it will be.

    1230-1252p Meet with your connections group in your room to explain how lunch works (include where to go, what is expected, microwave available to warm lunches, when you can leave for lunch recess, etc.)

    235-305p Meet with your connections group in your room. Ask each student to give you a word about their first day experience so far-can be positive or negative. Write the word they say on the whiteboard. As the students look at the board of words, point out some commonalities and differences on how we react to school. Point out that it is okay to be anxious and nervous and in connections group is the place to discuss those feelings/emotions and as we get to know each other better, we may be able to share more about how we feel and how we can help each other through this school year.  Pass out a couple of letter to have students read what past students have said about their time as a 12 or 13 year old.

    305-325p Hand out schedules to students. If students have questions that you can not answer write it down and pass those questions on to Mr. Garner. If students have a concern with their schedule please have them fill out the request form and turn it in to Monica. Please let your students know that they are to follow their schedule until  Mr. Garner gives them a new schedule. If they did receive a new schedule from Mr. Garner, they are to follow the schedule they have.



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      Connections 8/23/2017
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      Hello Teachers,

      Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question format-feel free to use this question or choose one of your own. "Would you rather have unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants? Give every student a chance to answer. 

      Pizza/Open Gym Form-Please have students fill out this form if they are getting buying food for the Open Gym night. You can read the top white sheet to the students and if you have any filled in forms with money, please hand them into Kim Brown.

      Once that is done, continue working on your group pennant. I've included the rules of the activity for your group to look over. You only have two more connections classes to complete your pennant, so use the time wisely. It will be hung up out in the atrium for all to see.

      The Pennant Challenge

      This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 6th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. So today should be spent on coming up with a plan a blueprint of how your group will decorate your pennant. Once you have a plan, figure out what materials you will need for your next connections group time. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

      Thanks

      Kevin

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        12's & 13 Connection/Engage Student List
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        Connection/Engage Student List 12's

        Mr. Brown/Joan He                                      Room506

        Cha, Joon Kyung

        Dai, Jason

        Karlsson, Bo Colin

        Kim, Ji Hae (Janice)

        Law, Kit Man Simon

        Liu, Sofia

        Oh, Min Gyung (Olivia)

        Seo, Do Won

        Zhang, Le Hang Yuki

        Mrs. Brown/Mr. Kloosterman                     Room321

        Blimegger, Kaitlyn Carol

        Chiang, HongYu Johnson

        Fan, Jhin Syun (Jason)

        Hsu, Ko-Chen

        Lee, Han Bin Philip

        Lin, Yan Han

        Manabe, Rei

        Murakami, Tomohiro

        Pan, Dennis

        SHUM, KWAN TO

        Tanaka, Hiroki

        Tanaka, Yoshiki

        Wang, Sze Bok (Scott)

        Wang, Sze Ki (Mary)

        Weng, Tsan Chi(Jerry)

        Winata, Anthony

        Zeng, Zi Qi

        Jin MinGeon

        Mr. Buckley/Mr. Hannon/Mrs. Huang       Room219

        Bae, Min Seo (Kelly)

        Brown, Leah

        Cho, Yip Man (Wendy)

        Deng, Yin Wai (Kitty)

        Fornoff, Vincent

        Hwang, Seo Hyun(Sally)

        Lee, Yoon Woo Joseph

        Wilson, Alicia

        Yang, Alex Yuwei

        Yoon, Chae Hyun (Rose)

        Mr. Kreller/Mrs. Remick                             Room505

        Chang, Yu Jin

        Mak, Yuan Qi (Denise)

        Mao, Chulin

        Wan, Grace

        Wang, Aris

        Xue, Jingtian (Michael)

        Zhang, Annie

        Zhou, Susan

        Zhu, Chengyi (Mario)

        Mr. Warner/Mrs. Teng                                Room415

        Chung, Pak Hong (Marco)

        Kim, Hanjun

        Kim, Sung Yoon (Lucy)

        Li, Annita

        Niu, Katherine

        Rumble, Anna

        Wu, Mian Matthew

        Ip Mun Tong

        Mr. Zheng/Mrs. Stone                                  Room219

        An, Chae Min (Rachel)

        Ben Rafael, Alon

        Jung, WooJin (Peter)

        Kim, Eun Seong (Stella)

        Li, Jane

        Li, Mei Ying (Angel)

        Pei, Fa Sing

        Remick, Zoie

        Shin, Subin

        Suzuki, Tomohiko

        Sze, Alvey

        YI, DONG HEE (Duke)

        Connections/Engage Student List 13’s

        Ms. Brown/Mrs. Portillo                                Room401

        Baek, Seung Hyeok

        Carpenter, Blake

        Iwama, Momoko

        Kim, Dou Hun (Ian)

        Kim, Dou Hyeong (Dominic)

        Kim, Jae Hoon

        KIM, Myung-Jun (Andy)

        Kim, Tae Wook

        Lau, Krystal Wing Ki

        Liu, Jeffrey

        Motwani, Ritika

        Quinn, Maylin Cassandra Eilertsen

        Suelan, Patricia Ysabelle

         

        Miss Callahan/Mrs. Hu                                  Room106

        Guy, Jack Chen

        Ibraimova, Rufina

        Khemlani, Diya

        Liu, Jui-Yu (Ray)

        Takayama, Reila

        Tang, Kwan yeung(Jacky)

        Wang, Kashing (Albert)

        Xie, Yun Liang (Wesley)

         

        Mr. Dwyer/Mrs. Kim                                                 Room408

        Chung, Hyeong Rak

        Huang, Xiaoyingzi

        Jung, Jonghyun

        Kim, Min Chae Maria

        Kim, Yeong Gi Jason

        Kim, Youll

        Ko, Dong Hyun

        Tang, Tzu Chu Evelyn

        Wong, Gloria

         

        Mr. Eckert/Miss Qiu                                      Room109

        Ang, Enzo Chang Hee

        Chan, Chiu Yu (Lumina)

        Hu, Manaen

        Jeon, Hae Ji Annie

        Jin, Eric

        Kim, Tae hoon (Alex)

        Liu, Lisa

        Maraon, Ella Hope

        Ng, Kwok Pang (Felix)

        Song, Min Seo (Rachel)

        Sugiyama, Tomoki

        Sze, Max

        Lee, Seongjun (Alex)

         

         

        Miss Griffus/Mrs. Dunn                                 Room406       

        Banek, Luka

        Barnhurst, Samuel

        Borges, Lauro Vasco Passos

        Chua, Shang Xi  Edmund

        Erwin-Billones, Ace

        Fan, Chien-Lan (Alicia)

        Garcia, Maya Lia

        Hew, Buo Chang

        Kim, A Min Angela

        Kim, Seong Ju

        Wong, Hao zhe (Oscar)          

         

        Mrs. Maheshwari/Mr. Rech/Miss Young      Room402

        Cheung, Tsz Ki (Nana)

        Deng, Grace Helen

        Hsiao, Wei Ting (Andy)

        Hwang, Woo Hyuk (Tom)

        Kim, Do Hun

        Yang, Si Won (Sean)

        Yeung, Ingrid Kai Yi

        Yu, Jun-seo (Dave)

        Zhu, Adora     

         

        Mr. Rayner/Mrs. Sherwood                           Room407

        Bae, Do Hyun

        Hsiao, Ling Shan(Sammy)

        Huang, Yun Feng (Mike)

        Jung, Soo Chan (Jerry)

        Kim, Dong Hyun

        Wu, Wen-Hsin (Emily)

        You, Sol-Ji      

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          Connections 8/30/2017
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          Hello Teachers,

          Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question format-feel free to use this question or choose one of your own. "Would you rather have unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants? Give every student a chance to answer. 

          Return to the Pennant Challenge

          This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 13th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

          Thanks

          Kevin



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            Connections 9/6/2017
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            Hello Teachers,

            Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using an activity-"Clap at the same time" Students have 3 chances to clap at the same time as the teacher. (Students figure out the best way to all be on the same page to make the clap in unison) First try no plan, second try counting 1, 2, 3, clap, and last try if needed, something else the students come up with. Reason for activity-in order for groups to work out as best as possible, groups need to be on the same page of understanding and knowing what to do. 

            Return to the Pennant Challenge

            This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 13th. After today you will only have 1 other connection group time to complete this task. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

            Thanks

            Kevin


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              Connections 9/13/2017
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              Hello Teachers,

              Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question and answer time. Ask this questions, "What at school makes you stressed out?" Go around the room giving each student an opportunity to speak. Listen to what they say and the body language they say it in. It can open up tons of conversation and connecting. After everyone has had a chance to answer move to the next activity.

              Return to the Pennant Challenge

              This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 15th. This is the last connection time you can use to complete your group's pennant. After today you will only have 1 Engage group time this Friday to complete this task before you must turn it in. I have given out paint supplies, if you still need some paint let me know by the end of today(Tuesday) so I can have it ready for you on Wednesday morning. I look forward to seeing the great pennants your group came up with. Let's get this done and move on.

              Thanks

              Kevin

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                Connections 9/20/2017
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                Hello Teachers,

                Welcome students to connections time. Start with a starter question and go around the room having students answer the questions. Here's your question or you can use another question of your choice,"Would you rather die by elephant stampede or by being eaten by sharks?" Allow all students an opportunity to share their answer. 

                Connections challenge activity: Each advisory class will be given an index card (can pick up an index card in my office). The challenge is to have as many students touching the index card without touching each other. Any part of a student is allowed to touch another student while touching the index card.The connection group that has the most students touching the index card and not each other wins. Teachers will post on wechat to show proof. I will create a connections/engage wechat group so as not to bother main group wechat and that we can use for future connection challenges.

                Reflection: Why do this activity? How can you be a team member even though there is no space for you to place your hand on the paper? What ways can you show support of your connections group?

                 

                 

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                  Connections 9/27/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  Here's your starter question for your group. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? "Females are taught from young ages that the proper thing to do is to play quietly and always get along and be soft and gentle. Males on the other hand are often encouraged to be competitive, unrelenting, vicious, and to play aggressively. Not everyone falls into these gender stereotypes, but many do. It effects our communications." 

                  I am attaching a powerpoint as the activity. It's called Battle of the Sexes. It's for fun and gives the students something to think about. On the powerpoint I've included the reflection question.

                  Thanks,

                  Kevin

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                  Connections 10/11/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  Please have students watch video Moodle Grades. It is a quick video that goes over how a student can look at their completed unit grades. Where to find your grades and how to access them. This allows them to know at any time how they are doing educationally and puts that education in their hands. After the video, hand out the questions form to each student and if students have a digital device with them, have them go through and see if they can access their moodle grades.  

                   

                  Once students understand how to access their grades via their own moodle account, They are to  answer all the questions on the form and turn it in to you next Wednesday 9/18/2017. This is their homework for the week. They will hand in a completed form to you. 

                   

                  Next week's Advisory Plan 

                   

                  Collect the completed form and turn in to counselor. After this is done, create a discussion of why it is important for them to check on their grades and know where they stand academically with each of their teachers. How does knowing your grades help you to build goals for the next quintile? Are there any changes you can make now to be more successful in the future? 

                   

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                  Connections 10/18/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  We are continuing to help our students find their own grades and take responsibility for their own education. Our goal is for each student to be able to view their grades via their own moodle page as well as how to access and understand their grades to be able to explain it. Please collect the completed form and turn it in to room 418. These forms are kept on file as acknowledgement of students’ understanding of their grades and finding it on moodle.

                  Discussion/Activity: Here are 2 different ways to start discussion. Feel free to use these or do one of your own.

                  Discussion/Activity1: Make up your own simile sentence

                  • A grade of A is like riding a horse up a steep mountain or kayaking down a treacherous waterfall
                  • Receiving a grade of B is like being stung by a bumblebee on the tongue or sticking your tongue on a frozen pole
                  • A letter D on your status report is like being surrounded in a lake full of alligators, (oh and you can’t swim) or being surrounding by sharks in a boat with no paddles, 5 km off shore (oh and your boat just sprang a leak the size of your hand)
                  • Have students come up with one for grade letters H and P

                  Discussion/Activity2: This activity you can break up the group into different teams of 2 or 3 and have them answer the questions with the time allotted. Have them show their answers and give points if they got them correct and go over the answers with them.

                  • You have 10 seconds to explain what an H is at QSI-Go
                  • You have 5 seconds to list all the letter grades QSI offers-Go
                  • You have 10 seconds to give 5 descriptors of QSI’s letter grade D-Go (descriptors must start with d-delinquent, disturbed, distressed, defeated, depressed, etc.)
                  • You have 15 seconds to come up with as many B words that represent an explanation of QSI’s letter B grade-Go (Beautiful, Bad, Busy, Bothersome, Boring, Bonus, etc. Pick out 2 words for them to explain to the class before giving them the points)

                  That's it. Quick 20 minutes of getting students to think about the next quintile and how they can improve themselves with your help, of course.

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                    Connections 10/25/2017
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                    Hello Teachers,

                    This week is Connections Challenge. So here's the challenge...

                    This activity can be done by one person, but it takes a whole team to accomplish the task and complete the challenge.  A group must work together to create sculptures and objects using only their bodies.  Of course teamwork and togetherness are the most important elements needed for the success of this activity.

                    Objective:  To work as a team to create group sculptures that includes everyone in the group.The first team to create and complete each sculpture in order wins. After each structure is made a photo needs to be taken and shared on the Connection/Engage wechat to show the rest of the groups. If you are not on the wechat let me know and we can add you.

                    Group size:  Connection group

                    Materials:  none

                    Description: Each sculpture must include everyone in the group and may be moving or still. Order of structures are: typewriter, bulldozer, computer, sink, helicopter, shower, refrigerator, and sofa. The first team to complete all structures and share on wechat wins.

                    Reflection questions: Discuss some of the questions

                    1)      Did everyone feel included in this activity?  Why or why not?

                    2)      How did you decide who did what in your group?

                    3)      How do you usually make decisions when with a group?  Is this a good or bad way?  Why?

                    4)      What are some good ways to make decisions as a group?

                    That's it. Good Luck!!!

                     

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                      Connections 11/01/2017
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                      Hello Teachers,

                      November’s Success Orientation is Responsibility, which is perfect as we enter into our week without walls trips. Let’s take the time to remind our students about the reason for these trips and the behavior that should take place while on the trip.

                       

                      Activity1

                      Here is a video you can use to help teach about responsibility. I like this movie that’s really why I picked it as it shows both responsible and non-responsible behavior.

                      Coach Carter

                      Discuss and Reflect on Responsibility. Here are some questions

                      • What is a student’s biggest responsibility while on a week without walls trip?
                      • How does responsibility look when on your trip?
                      • How can you show responsibility to your teacher/guide/chaperone?
                      • Do you owe it to your classmates to be responsible on this trip? Why or why not?

                      Help prepare our students to take the responsibility to learn for themselves and to take advantage of the opportunity they have been given. Understand not everyone has opportunities such as these.

                       

                      Activity2

                      My equation for student Success is having these top ten rules to follow in order:

                      1. Be your own advocate. Let the teacher know who you are…in a good way.
                      2. Ask lots of Questions and show confusion appropriately.
                      3. Communicate your struggles to your teachers. What is going on that is affecting your work?    
                      4. Think of school as your office in training. Are you a good co-worker?
                      5. Dress for success, but don’t panic, you don’t have to wear a suit to be taken seriously. Dress in a manner that shows your seriousness to your craft. Learning in the classroom.
                      6. At least do the minimum so you aren’t creating gaps that are harder to bridge later. Better yet, do more than expected.
                      7. Sweat a little. School is your brain gym. You have to work out your muscles, make them a little sore, if you’re going to lift a heavier load later on.
                      8. Find ways to relate to your reading and writing. What original thoughts and experiences can you bring to the lesson to make it come alive for yourself?
                      9. Be in class. Don’t jeopardize your own training.
                      10. Surround yourself with other students who can help you. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you seek advice from, but find friends or acquaintances that are rooting for you, the best you.

                      Do students agree or disagree. Have students write their own top ten responsibilities list for school success.

                      Thanks,

                      Kevin

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                        Connections 11/14/2017
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                        Connections Group Activity

                        Responsibility

                         

                        Responsibility Summary: The group figures out how to juggle as many balls (instead of balls-make balls by wadding a piece of paper into a ball) as possible.

                         

                        Time used for the activity: 12 minutes with 8 minutes reflection

                         

                        Directions:

                        • Have group form a circle
                        • Introduce one wadded up paper to the group (ball-represents a responsibility in their life. Name it as you give it to the group to juggle)
                        • Instruct the group to throw the ball to anyone in the group except for the person next to them
                        • Once they complete the exercise have them do it again but this time keep introducing ball after ball until the group begins dropping them
                        • They must throw to the same person each time
                        • Stop the group and have them brain storm how they can handle the added balls
                        • Each ball juggled represents: classes, relationships, family, friends, coach, sports, etc.

                         

                        The goal of the group is to create a process for handling the additional balls.

                        Discussion:

                        • Discuss the importance of responsibility to all members of the group-How did the group do in demonstrating responsibility to all members of the group as they tried to juggle the balls?
                        • Identify 3 ways you show responsibility towards your teachers, towards friends, and to self?

                        End of Session

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                          Connections Instructions 11/22/2017
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                          Hello Teachers, 

                          Here are the instructions: 
                          Dear teachers: the National Junior Honor Society is doing a project called the Teachers Appreciation Day in correspondence to Thanksgiving. Please hand out the leaves, two to each student, and read the following instructions out loud:
                          1. The leaves are for students to write about something the are grateful of their teacher and to say thanks to their teacher. Make sure to include the teacher's name and the students' name on the leaf.
                          2. Write to your advisory teacher for one leaf and another teacher of your choice for the other leaf.
                          3. Please say something nice and be specific, include details and memories.
                          4. Decorate the leaves when you are done, because the will be exhibited in the first floor lobby, include colors and drawings.
                          5. Hand them in to your advisory teacher when you finish. 
                          Note: ***Please collect all the leaves and hand them to Mrs. Sherwood in room 416. 
                          Best,
                          Lisa Liu NJHS
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                            Connections Instructions 11/29/2017
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                            Hello Teachers,

                            This connections time should be spent having your students check their grades on moodle with the end of quintile 2 approaching on Monday it would be good for them to see where they stand and what, if anything is missing in their grade reports. Once they have accessed and check their grades, do an activity about responsibility.

                            One activity I have done is like hang man, here are the words I use that are associated with responsibility. Their goal is to guess the word before their allotted tries run out...most classes get it.

                            Requirement (9 tries) Why did QSI think it was important enough to put it as one of their SO's? 

                            Blame (7 tries) Sometimes it is easier to blame others (teacher, parent, bus driver, traffic) for not completing something. Why is that?

                            Dependable (7 tries) How does dependable and responsible  go hand in hand?

                            Confidence (8 tries) How does being responsible build confidence?

                            Reliable (7 tries)  Being responsible, being reliable, how can you be one and not the other? 

                            Once they guess all 5 words, explain how each word applies to responsibility and the student as a global learner. You are always free to do one of your own activities.

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                              Connections Instructions 12/5/2017
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                              Dear Teachers,

                              For today’s connection group we are going to watch a video and simulate it in our classroom. We are asking our students to be leaders/role models for our younger students, it would be good to show them how to do that-how to speak, to smile, make conversation, interact with younger students…be the positive role models they can be come Friday for QSI go.

                               

                              How do we get our 12’s and 13’s to talk and create conversation? They are smart enough, maybe they are just needing encouragement from you. Let them watch the video and after the video have two chairs in the middle of the room for two students to sit and ask questions…you can use the questions from the video or create some of your own. The object of this activity is to have our students talk to each other and get to know each other or at least figure out their fear of talking. This is about empathy and concern for others and caring for each other. Have two students talk for about 2 minutes to each other answering a question and another two students can try after until everyone has an opportunity to work on their conversation skills. They are going to be leading the groups on Friday, let’s give them encouragement and the skills to lead.

                               

                              Video to play

                               

                              Reflection: What is making you afraid to help lead a group of students? If you are not afraid what are you doing to not be afraid? That may help your fellow peers when leading for QSI go. 

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                                Connections Instructions 01/03/2018
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                                Dear Teachers,

                                Today's instructions is to encourage your students to get back into school thinking and be prepared for learning. I have included a short video for your class to watch and build discussion. The following is your agenda.

                                Welcome students back to QSI-happy to see them and looking forward to complete what was started in August. You can go around and have them answer a question: Aside from having a longer break, what changes would you make, if you could, in order to have a better break next year? Would you change anything you did or do something you didn't do during this break? Give students a few few seconds to think while you answer the questions as a way to role model.

                                Set the scene We are going to watch a short video as a way to get us back on track and into the learning mode. As teachers/advisors, we want each of you to succeed and become successful in your own way. So how do you know you have been successful this school year? What does it look like and how does it feel? In this video, it will show you that you can be successful, but it takes some work. Are you willing to put in the work? I want you to think about that as we watch the video.

                                Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfBNAxPfD8o  Copy and paste the url to watch

                                Discussion What did you think? It is not that this person is more special than you or that this other person was given some special power that only they possess in order to be more successful. They worked hard and persisted. Are you willing to put in the work to be successful? Are you willing to put in the time at home to go over your school work and complete the units. Are you willing to put down the digital games and turn off the tv to spend time working towards being successful? It is up to you. 

                                Activity (If time is available) Hot Seat game

                                One student faces away from the board and chooses five people to give them clues (five chances) about what is written on the board behind them. Goal is to have the group guess at least 6 of the 10 words written. Teacher writes word on the board and selects student to sit. If word is not guessed in 5 chances and new word is written on board and new student sits and chooses five people to get clues.

                                Possible words to use:

                                Christmas Tree, Winter break, Vacation, Beaches, Presents, New Year, Resolutions or Goals, January, Airplane, Friends.

                                End Have a great day and rest of the week. Remember what it takes to be successful. 

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                                  Connections Instruction 01/10/2018-SLC Special
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                                  Student Led Conference Preparation

                                  Agenda:

                                  Welcome students to connections group

                                  Discussion Talk about the who, what, when, and why of student led conference. You can start by saying something like this, "Today will will be discussing Student Led Conference. Can anybody tell me what it is from previous experience? Explain what student led conference is and when it is. March 12 and 13 is the actual dates of the conference so this is the time where you as the student get to shine and share your educational journey so far this year with your parents. But before we get there  we as your advisors want to make sure you are best prepared, so until that date comes, we will take our advisory connection and engagement times to help you prepare your best presentation to wow your parents."

                                  Also in your discussion talk about the timeline that I have included in your attachment so students know what to expect, what to do, and when to get it done by. 

                                  Pass out the Student Led Conference Subjects checklist. This will help students begin to collect the pieces of work  from each subject to help build a portfolio and use towards their digital presentation.

                                  Spend the time talking with your group of students to help calm them down, answer questions they may have, and make sure they understand the importance of following the timeline and staying on task to make sure they complete and be best prepared for their conference.

                                  Dismiss your group at 850a.

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                                    Connections Instructions 01/24/2018-Careers
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                                    Hello Advisors,

                                    Thursday is career day on main campus. So to get students to start exploring their interests, I have included a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I think it is a fun way for kids to see the type of personality they may be as well as the different type of careers that correspond to different types of personality. You can do it too. You may need to help explain some of the words on the test to help some students make a more accurate decision about themselves. There are numbers (1-5) that go with each answer. All they do is add up their numbers in each part to get their score.

                                    Once they have completed the test and looked it over, create some discussion. Here are some discussion questions:

                                    Did the test get your personality type? Is it a true representation of you? What about the careers it shows? Are the careers you are interested in fit your personality based on the test?  

                                    Once they are done looking over their personality test, have them turn it back into you as they will need it for tomorrows career day advisory first period.

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                                    Connections Instructions 02/28/2018-SLC Prep
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                                    Dear Advisors,

                                    Student Led Conference

                                    By now, students should be finishing up their digital presentations and start practicing their speeches. In moodle ‘main campus communication hub’ is the slc toggle that provides a script sample that you can share with students to help them organize their thoughts and what they want to say. Help students to start practicing during connections and engagement times as well as at home. Students have 2 connection times and 2 engagement times left before they present. Take this time come up with a script to practice.

                                     

                                    11-13’s Assembly

                                    This assembly will be focusing on Aesthetic Appreciation. If you have students who want to perform during this assembly please send them my way. Maybe your advisory class might want to showcase their artistic creations from dance to video to art, this is their moment to share it with their peers and have fun. This is not limited to just students…teachers if you have a dance, video, or create art that you want to share let me know. If we get nothing, assembly will be pretty boring and I know there are talented staff and students in this place. 

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                                      Connections Instructions 03/14/2018
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                                      Instructions:

                                      Congratulate students on completing their SLC. Each student deserves a time to share their QSI experience with their parents or guardians. For connections time, let’s do something different and have a discussion about bullying and its effects on students.

                                      Watch this video first: Double click or Paste in your url

                                      http://twistedsifter.com/videos/pixar-lou-animated-short-by-dave-mullins/

                                      Create discussion about bullying. Here are some statistics to start the conversation…

                                      In the US, more than 16,000 young people are absent from school because of bullying.

                                      - 83% of young people say bullying has a negative impact on their self-esteem.

                                      - 30% of young people have gone on to self-harm as a result of bullying.

                                      - 10% of young people have attempted to commit suicide as a result of bullying.

                                      - 40% of 7 to 11 year old know someone who has been cyberbullied.

                                      - 7 in 10 young people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyber bullying.

                                      In the UK, an estimated 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying, with 1.26 million subjected to extreme cyberbullying on a daily basis.

                                      - 20% of 7 to 11 year olds said they had needed to report content online, but did not because they did not know how to report it or who to report it to or thought it would not help.

                                      -27% of 7 to 11’s said they have seen something on the internet in the last year that upset or worried them.

                                      - 96% of young people age 11-19 use some form of online communication.

                                      - 72% of 11-15’s use social networks, with an increase in take up from 11’s (46%) and 13’s (84%).

                                      Can any of your students relate to some of these statistics? Do they know what cyberbulling is? Bullying via the internet. Why would there be an increase in cyberbullying? What are some things you can do to help a person being bullied in person or over the internet?

                                      What you can do….

                                      Treat others with respect-Stop and think before saying or doing something hurtful to others.

                                      If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do.

                                      Talk to an adult you trust.

                                      If you are being bullied, Say STOP and walk away to a place where there are more people around.

                                      If you are cyberbullied, what steps can you take to stop it from happening?

                                      If there is some time, Have your students make a "No Bullying" sign that can be posted around the school.

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                                        Connections Instructions 03/21/2018
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                                        Suicide Awareness:

                                        Play the video: 

                                         (Drag or paste to URL)

                                        Questions for discussion:

                                        Video Time: 0-1:45

                                        The mom used the word, “They” Have you ever joined in to put someone else down, either in person or online? Why do we make fun of someone that is different from us? Why do we close our friendship circles to not allow someone from a different culture to join in our circle? Sometimes we see it during lunch time and recess? Would you have truly come to his defense if it was your best friends bullying him on the net or at school?

                                        Video Time: 1:45-2:16

                                        Count the times he told someone what he was going to do? What words did he use? What if he told you at lunch what he was going to do? What would you have done?

                                        Video Time: 2:16-4:30

                                        Sometimes we tell people we care when it is too late. Sometimes when a person loses hope in life, the consequences can be life altering. Have you ever felt like you were losing hope?

                                        Video Time: 4:30-5:16

                                        You are given every opportunity to share a nice word or a caring thought to your peers? To show love and less hate? To help and not hinder? Don’t wait to say, “Knowing what I know now….” You have the opportunity to care for others. We don’t know what each other is going through on a daily basis, so why not lighten the burden.

                                        Video Time: 5:16-6:00

                                        What are some of the things you can do to help prevent a friend or a peer from hurting themselves?

                                         

                                        1’s if you have thought or have considered hurting yourself. Please talk with someone-an adult you feel comfortable sharing your situation with. If there is no one you feel comfortable talking too. Write it out and put it on an adult’s desk.  We care.

                                        2’s five easy things you can do

                                        1. Ask-are you alright? Do you want to talk? What’s up? You are acting different? It shows you care
                                        2. Keep them safe- Don’t keep it to yourself. Share your concerns with an adult.
                                        3. Be There- Don’t leave them alone. Sit and listen.
                                        4. Help them connect- Invite them to your friend circle. Help them meet others.
                                        5. Follow up- Check up on them. Show you care
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                                          Connctions Instructions 03/28/2018
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                                          Connections Agenda

                                          Welcome students to connections.

                                          Watch Video:

                                          Pass out letters if you have them

                                          Have students share (if they feel like it)

                                          Create an encouraging letter for another advisory class (paper and which advisory class will be given to you by Mr. Kalua) to be given to the advisory class on Friday during engage advisory time. (Take the rest of the time and if needed Thursday to complete for Friday)

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                                            Connections Instructions 04/11/2018
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                                            This month is about group interaction. I have included 3 activities for your group to choose to do. You can choose to do them all or do one. The only rule is that everyone participates, thus group interaction.

                                            Discussion

                                            Before you get started with the activity have a discussion on why Group Interaction is part of our Success Orientations. Why is Group Interaction important to know and learn as an individual and as a society?

                                            Activities

                                            You can choose any or all of these or another of your great ideas as long as everyone participates. Allow laughter and noise to be a part your group.

                                            Secret Dancer
                                            Set up the group to stand in a circle, and choose one player to be the detective. Send the detective outside.
                                            When the detective has left the room, choose a player to be the "secret dancer". They will need to pick a dance move and everyone will then start copying them.
                                            When everyone is dancing, the detective is called back into the room and has three guesses to choose who to original dancer is.
                                            To make things interesting, the secret dancer then needs to change dance move, and everyone needs to change with them. This allows the detective to discover the secret dancer

                                            Spot the difference

                                            Divide your group into two teams.
                                            Stand the first group in a line facing the second group. The second group have a set amount of time (you decide) to look at the appearance of the other team.
                                            Once their time is up, the second team (observers) will leave the room, and the first group must change ten things about them. The ten things must be noticeable (ie. they cannot change things in their pockets or other things previously out of view).
                                            When the second group returns, they must observe the first group and work out what ten things have changed. (They may write them down if this is helpful) It's best to give a set amount of time for this to happen also.
                                            Once this is done, you can swap the roles of the groups.

                                            Library

                                            Select one person from your group to be the captain. They must stand on one side of the classroom facing the wall.
                                            The rest of the group must all start with one hand touching the opposite wall. The aim of the game is for one person to touch the captain.
                                            While the captain is facing the wall, everyone can move freely but must remain completely silent. However at any point (of the captain's choosing) the captain may turn around quickly and everyone must freeze completely still. If the captain catches anyone moving, the whole team must return to the starting position.
                                            This is a fantastic team building game as everyone needs to work together and communicate effectively. If one person stuffs up, the whole team gets punished!
                                            Another good variation of this game is splitting the group into two teams that are competing to reach the captain first. Or even letting each player play individually, so if someone gets caught out, they return to the start but the rest of the players may stay where they are.

                                             

                                            Have Fun.

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                                              Connections Instructions 4/17/2018
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                                              Connections Instructions 4/18/2018

                                              SO: Group Interaction

                                              Dear Teachers,

                                              The National Junior Honor Society is doing a project called "stick with kindness."

                                              Here's more information about what NJHS is trying to accomplish which I think is cool.

                                              “Stick With Kindness”

                                              The purpose of this project is for students to support and compliment on each other. It is a way to show kindness and to promote self-confidence among students. It can bring happiness and caring to others.

                                              On Wednesday: Watch the video about purpose and demonstration. Hand out one magnet plate to each student and instruct them to write their name on the magnet plate provided, and decorate it. Then, they will stick that magnet to their own locker to prepare for the activity on Friday.

                                              Copy & Paste this video (may take a while to download)

                                              https://skqsi-my.sharepoint.com/personal/26199_shenzhen_qsi_org/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?id=%2Fpersonal%2F26199_shenzhen_qsi_org%2FDocuments%2FEmail%20attachments%2Fairplane%2Emov&parent=%2Fpersonal%2F26199_shenzhen_qsi_org%2FDocuments%2FEmail%20attachments&slrid=35465e9e-c006-5000-5a14-067909f90381 

                                              On Friday: Students will be given two pieces of magnet each. They should write something nice on the magnets to two other students: one can be a friend, and the other should be a person whom they don’t normally talk to. Then, students will stick the magnet piece to the locker(s) of the designated person (look for names).

                                              *** Students: Please write neatly and use colors and decorations, you can also include drawings.

                                              ***Teachers: please make sure that students don’t write any inappropriate or negative things.

                                              If you still have time, here’s another activity to try

                                              Paper Pass Story

                                              Give everyone a half sheet of paper (trying to save a tree) and a pen or pencil

                                              Each player writes a sentence at the top of the paper-Any sentence will do

                                              Pass your paper to the left

                                              The person on the left reads the sentence and attempts to draw it-illustrate the sentence

                                              Once the drawing is complete-Fold the paper to hide the sentence part only

                                              Pass the paper to the left with only the drawing being seen

                                              The person now looking at the drawing only writes a sentence about the drawing.

                                              You can continue on with the new sentence or stop and check if any of your writings/drawings made sense. It’s kind of like telephone with a pencil and paper.

                                              Have Fun,

                                              Kevin

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                                                Connections Instructions 4/25/2018
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                                                Connections 4/25/2018

                                                SO: Concern for Others

                                                 

                                                We sometimes become so critical of ourselves and don’t give ourselves a break when things don’t go our way. We become so stressed at not making the grade or making the next level. It will come in time. It just may not be your time, but does not mean for you to give up. Keep trying and keep moving forward.

                                                Please share with your students this video and then create some discussion on this video and also last week’s locker activity.

                                                Discussion Questions:

                                                1. Please share your thoughts
                                                2. How does that compare/contrast with your life
                                                3. How can you “be brave” and move forward-what steps can you take now to improve your situation
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                                                  Connections Instructions 5/09/2018
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                                                  Stressed Out-Difficulty Coping

                                                  Activity: Mindful Breathing - Instruct students to do the following
                                                  1. Close your eyes
                                                  2. Take a Deep Breathe through your nose, Hold it for two seconds, and slowly blow the air out through your mouth (Do this 5 times each time focusing on something different on their body)
                                                  3. Each deep breathe in have students clear their mind and focus on sitting straight up (first time)
                                                  4. Each deep breathe in have students clear their mind and focus on breathing (second time)
                                                  5. Each deep breathe in have students clear their mind and focus on heart beating (third time)
                                                  6. Each deep breathe in have students clear their mind and focus on their stomach (fourth time)
                                                  7. Each deep breathe in have students clear their mind and focus on their breathing (fifth time)
                                                  8. Open your eyes

                                                  Discussion
                                                  Any thoughts about how they feel? Relaxed? Weird? Embarrassed to do it? Why?
                                                  Are you stressed? Stressed about what? How do you deal with stress?

                                                  Watch Video:

                                                  Any thoughts to share about the video. Could doing something like this be useful to you?

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                                                    Connections Instructions 5/16/2018
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                                                    Connection Instructions 5/16/2018
                                                    All Success Orientations Activity

                                                     

                                                    Overarching Discussion Question: What SO’s are being used in this activity? Why is it important to understand and have these SO’s in your life?

                                                     Activity: Team Puzzle
                                                    Split your advisory into 2 groups
                                                    Each group will get one envelope (Pick them up in counselor’s office)
                                                    Make sure each envelope has 7 shapes
                                                    Each group will choose a “caller” someone that tells their group how to position their shapes according to the picture that the teacher will show to only the callers
                                                    The callers head back to their groups and explain how to position the shapes
                                                    First group to position their shapes according to the picture wins

                                                    Rules:
                                                    Callers are not allowed to point to a shape or touch a shape
                                                    Group members are not allowed to talk
                                                    After round 1: give groups 1 minute to make changes on how they can be first in putting the shapes together
                                                    After next rounds, you can change the rules or keep it “as is”
                                                    Other rules that can be used-Such as use one caller for both groups and groups can only ask 15 questions during a round

                                                     After all rounds have students discuss what SO’s was used during this activity and how was it used.

                                                    Have Fun

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                                                      Connections Instructions 5/23/2018
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                                                      Activity1: Guess Quest
                                                      Have a student sit in front of the room facing the class
                                                      Advisor will write a word on the board for the group to see, but not the student 
                                                      Group then will give student hints to the word written on board
                                                      After group gives 5 hints, student guesses the word (3 chances)
                                                      Do 3 or more rounds (Gauge group interest)
                                                      Words to use: Summer, Relaxing, Visiting grandparents, Summer School, Reading, Swimming, No Tests, Goodbyes, No Teachers, etc. (anything else you can think of pertaining to the end of school)

                                                      Activity2: Hot or Cold
                                                      Send one student out of the room
                                                      Another student chooses something in the class for the group see
                                                      Student comes back into the room and has to touch what was chosen with the group giving hints of hot (Close) or cold (Far)
                                                      Give a time limit for the student to touch the chosen item
                                                      Do maybe 4 rounds

                                                      Activity3: Observation
                                                      Played this last week
                                                      Two groups line up A & B or boys and girls
                                                      Girls observe boys as they are lined up for a minute
                                                      Boys will go outside and make 10 changes and return (change shoes, line up in different order, watch on different wrist, etc.)
                                                      Girls try to find all 10 changes the boys made
                                                      Switch roles

                                                      Have Fun

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                                                        Connections Instructions 5/30/2018
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                                                        Connections
                                                        Success Orientations

                                                        Take the first 5 minutes to talk the school year. Have students think about how their year went, the good, the bad, and the fun. How they grew up this year? Do they feel they have changed? etc.

                                                        The final 15 minutes, pass out the paper (come by office in the morning to get paper) and have each student write a letter to the upcoming years students. 13's writing to the future 13's. 12's writing to the future 12's. It should be positive and encouraging. Have them consider coming back to school and getting an encouraging letter to help them through the scariness and excitement of the first day of school. How cool would it be if it was their letter that helped get a student through the day-if that is not showing all the success orientations, tell me what is.

                                                        Have them take their time and think about what they want to write and make it amazing and encouraging.

                                                        Thanks,
                                                        Kevin

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