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So often, our students operate from a place of fear.  They fear they will be left out, they fear our supplies will run out, that they will not have time to finish.

We know In order for students to learn, they need to feel safe. They need to feel secure.  They need to feel as if they belong. No person can learn in a state of fear or perceived feeling of deprivation.  Deprivation is a familiar feeling of course, to our students of poverty. But it is also a feeling some children are more sensitive to than others from birth.  Some students feel deprived of attention, time materials, no matter how much they receive or have access to.

You’ve seen it before.  You can hear it in line “Hey, She cutted”  You see it as we hand out materials. Most groups have a ‘grabber’  and you can hear it. He won’t give me one! You can see it as some children hover over to complete their work while we are trying to get them lined up to go to PE.

Reading this book to our students reminds us to plan enough time and to prepare enough resources for them to learn.

This book  is the opposite of . . .”You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”

Children DO need to learn that they do not always get what they want.  But, they can not learn the CONTENT while they are feeling deprived. We try to separate fostering executive function development, (self-control)  from academic development.

AND  remember YOU are enough.  Thank you for being such a great leader.

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