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1st-First Class Teacher-School Recognition Award & Classroom Resource Program

     "Serving and Recognizing Our Real Heroes"


The purpose of the "1st-First Class" Teacher and School recognition award is to recognize teachers and schools who exemplify best practice methods in the classroom and in their school community.  Today's society has it all backwards honoring athletes, entertainers, politicians, and the rich.  We believe that the real heroes of our world are the teachers who serve our future generations everyday.  They are the ones who are shaping and molding our children, and are role models in every facet of that child's life. 

Teachers have an awesome responsibility of not only teaching the three R's, but also have to take the place of these children's parents.  It is our responsibility to never forget what teachers and schools are doing for our society.  The field of teaching is a profession and is extremely important to the moral conscience and fabric of our country.  This award is a way of letting them know how important they are and for their "1st-First Class" work. 

    Congratulations to our real hereos!

Dr. DelValle & Ms. Skeates "1st-First" Class Award

"1st-First Class" Winner with one of her students

Ms. Skeates is a middle school teacher at millennium middle school.  She embraced the S.T.A.R.S. program in her reading class during the school year.  While the program was facilitated in her classroom her students showed excellent classroom skills.  Her classroom was a model for other middle school teachers to follow after.  Ms Skeates students showed a deep interest and love for learning and her students, which is why she was chosen as a "1st-First" Class Teacher.  Congratulations to a fine teacher!

Jennifer Rhodes "1st-First Class" recipient
3rd Grade Teacher at Princeton Elementary

This years "1st-First Class" Teacher recipient is Jennifer Rhodes from Princeton Elementary School.  Ms. Rhodes is a 3rd grade teacher at Princeton. She was nominated by her peers to receive this prestigious award.  We commend and thank her for working with the children who will one day reap the rewards from her work. We are proud of her and honor her for her great work!
This months paraprofessional is Maria Simmons also from Princeton Elementary School. Maria is the person who does many behind the scenes work for the teachers that many people don't hear about. Teachers rely on the para teachers to assist them in their classrooms to help keep things functioning.  They are an integral part of a teachers success with the students.  Thank you to Maria and all the assistant teachers who so diligently help.
Both of these professionals represent the finest in the field of education. They accept this reward as models and ambassadors for the education profession.  To them and all the fine teachers, thank you for being "1st-first Class" teachers. 

Dr. DelValle pictured with Jennifer and Maria
Two outstanding teachers



                       Children and Boundaries
Children need boundaries in all areas of their lives.  Having boundaries is a way of teaching a child that society has rules and consequences for breaking them.  It is a way of letting a child know that they must develop self-control and be accountable for their actions.  Children do not have answers, experience or resources to draw from like adults do.  They have "on the spot" "in the moment" thinking skills and don't always have the capacity to think ahead or know right from wrong until they are spanked for something they weren't told about. 
A good example of this is when a child just runs across the street without thinking or tries to touch a hot stove.  Leaving those things up to a child can bring serious consequences.  Stopping them ahead of time by having boundaries shows that child that we care enough to show them right from wrong.  Demonstrating love with boundaries starts a pattern of critical thinking for that child.  When left to make a decision they not only have themselves to think of but also the adults in their lives.  Children want to know you have their best interest in mind.  They desire to know you have their back.  When they sense you don't, they act out and misbehave for attention. 
Today's politically correct world has found its way into classrooms and the homes of many children.  There has been a trend in schools where students are not respecting their teachers.  This may stem from weak or unestablished boundaries.  Teachers and parents must have clear rules setup that are easy to follow and reasonable for a child to understand.  Not having boundaries is a way of telling a child to figure out these things on their own and when they mess up don't be fearful, angry, or resentful towards me when I reprimand you.  I don't really care about you, I care more about your mistakes is the message they get. 
Put in simpler terms, boundaries is a way of protecting your own child or student.  It is a way of meeting a child's emotional, security, and saftey needs.  Not too long ago I was at Bush Gardens and witnessed a young girl who had separated from her family.  She was hysterical and the look on her eyes showed terror. She yelled for her mommy and looked desperately for her.  I paused for a minute and thought I need to help her she is so young.  My parenting instincts took over.  She found her mom and wailed for a moment. Her mom held her close and let her know not to run off again.  Afterwards she remembered she was at Bush Gardens and all was safe with mommy. 
In a sense that is what children feel at times when we are not close to them to give them immediate comfort, support or direction.  Even if they don't verbalize it or resist it they need our immediate correction and support in a moments notice.  Unfortunately in today's society where both parents are working, children are coming home to empty homes or spending a lot of time in after school programs.  Sometimes these places are under staffed and children are not being nurtured as a closely as they should be for proper growth and development.  Teachers are bearing the brunt of this responsibility. 
I have spoken to many parents and have been surprised to hear them say they don't believe in consequences for their children.  They feel children will eventually learn on their own.  Big mistake.  It is no wonder children are coming to school bewildered, anxious and uncontrolled.  It is my belief that if children were taught more about self-control and consequences we would not have such a need for medicines to control them.  In the old days parents were much stricter and let children know right away when they were out of line.  There was no question who was in charge.  Not having boundaries confuses a child as to who really is in charge.   
We can observe the animal world and learn from watching a family of elephants.  The pack gathers and surrounds the baby elephant never taking their eyes off or leaving sight.  They have established themselves as the boundary and let that baby know you are safe and secure. 
Boundaries are a way of showing love, keeping order, respect and values.  Show me a dysfunctional classroom or home and I'll show you a home or classroom with no boundaries.  A home is an important place to begin teaching the importance of drawing the line.  A child who observes mom and dad demonstrating boundaries with one another learns early on that mom and dad loves them too when corrected.  Children experience a host of emotions when left to fend for themsleves.  Many values and lessons can be taught by making sure there are rules and guidelines in the classroom and at home.  It may take time to sit and think of new ones if they aren't established, but once they are put in place they must be consistent and without negotiation. 
If you find yourself having issues with children concerning behavior and problems with following rules, reevaluate your classrooms or homes boundaries.  This formula will motivate a child to listen, respect and learn the real lesson that boundaries is all about: love and respect.  It is a magical formula that works in the classroom and at home. 
Dr. DelValle, Ph.D. 
Education Consultant
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