Archive | May 2014

Horace Mann’s Support of Austin ISD

logo_horace_mannAccording to a news release May 29, the Horace Mann Companies donated more than $18,500 to complete 29 DonorsChoose.org project within Austin ISD.

Horace Mann is one of APIE and AISD’s returning sponsors for Salute and Celebrate, events held each spring to honor district volunteers, teachers, and administrators. We are incredibly grateful for their support year after year through financial sponsorship and social media promotion. In addition, we greatly appreciate this tremendous generosity to one of our founding partners, AISD.

As a result, 22 teachers at 13 Austin schools will receive items like yoga balls, science kits, books, an iPad, a listening center, an inflatable water park, a 3D printer, microscopes and other items…

“This donation allows all of these teachers to start the next school year with new supplies in the classroom to help their students excel, says local Horace Mann agent Jessica Gamez. “I’ve seen what a difference an iPad, science kits or a printer can make in a classroom, and to see all of these teachers have their projects completed is really something special.”

Horace Mann is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators’ financial needs. For more info, visit horacemann.com

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers can describe educational project for their students and donors can choose project to support. 

 

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How to Relate and Talk to Your Students

Your 6th grade Reading Classroom Coaching coordinators, Chris and Hannah, put together a great handout for the April volunteer and mentor coffee talk. Check it out below!


Meet them at their level – put yourself in their shoes

  • Get to know their interests and hobbies.  Some students have a different background than yours; respecting it is key. Crossing cultural barriers takes effort, but if you want to bridge distances it is important to remain patient and keep an open mind.

Be objective

  • Don’t take student behavior personally
  • Be aware of your reaction/response to the students

Don’t be afraid to laugh and admit mistakes—have a sense of humor!

  • Model that it’s ok to make mistakes
  • Utilize your sense of humor

Respect/Trust

  • Remember that to get respect, you have to give it
  • Building trust takes time and patience

Listen

  • Try to listen more than you talk
  • Accept that a student’s feelings are valid

Be consistent

  • It is much harder to relate to your students if you miss multiple classes
  • Be consistent week to week with group guidelines for behavior
  • Being inconsistent will cause you to lose students’ respect and attention

We hope you’ll join APIE staff, your teachers, and fellow volunteers and mentors for the end-of-year happy hour TODAY at Contigo Austin!