• Supporting A Positive School Climate

    Posted by MaryJane Garibay on 9/12/2017 2:30:00 PM

    "School climate is the quality of life at school.  It's how the school environment makes students, parents/guardians, teachers, and other staff members feel."

    (Channing Bete Company, 2017)


    How can parents/guardians help?

    Creating a positive climate isn't something that our schools can do on their own.  It takes help from our parents/guardians, too.  Parents/guardians can...

    1. show your child that you value school

    2. help your child build strong social and emotional skills

    3. promote positive behaviors

    4. take an active role in your child's education

    5. communicate regularly with teachers and school staff

    6. support and get involved in efforts to nurture positive climate

    (Channing Bete Company, 2017)

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  • The Creativity Challenge by Tanner Christensen

    Posted by MaryJane Garibay on 8/15/2017

    A great and fun read for teachers and administrators as we get ready to start a new school year, The Creativity Challenge, by Tanner Christensen, is filled with ideas designed to promote our own creativity. 

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  • The Creativity Challenge by Tanner Christensen

    Posted by MaryJane Garibay on 12/2/2015

    THE CREATIVITY CHALLENGE by Tanner Christensen 

    Tanner Christensen is the author of the book, The Creativity Challenge, a short book that contains 150 "creative challenges" designed to ignite the spark of creativity within us. Christensen (2015) categorizes the types of creative challenges in the book as follows: 

    1. Convergent: requires you to combine elements of more than one idea or thing;

    2. Divergent: requires you to take elements apart in order to examine their individual parts;

    3. Lateral: straightforward, logical thinking process that must follow steps in order;

    4. Aesthetic: to think aesthetically is to focus on how an object or idea appears; and 

    5. Emergent: emergent thinking is a natural process that comes as a result of rumination.  It's what happens when you daydream! (10-11). 


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