Monday, May 20, 2019

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas movie

Good morning! 

5th grade is planning on watching the movie- "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." This movie is rated PG-13. I have previewed it and found the areas which might give the movie this rating:

1. Two times it shows someone smoking a cigarette. One time is very brief. If you blink, you miss it.

2. Someone gets beat up (although we actually do NOT see it).

3. Imminent Peril Happens (once again we do NOT actually see it)

4. Theme- Holocaust of World War II (Setting is at a concentration camp in Germany.)

If you want a complete breakdown, here is a website I often used when previewing a movie. You may also watch the whole movie if you have Netflix. That is where I found it!

Plugged In- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I am sending a permission note today. Please sign this form and return it by Friday, May 24th!

Mr. Hippen

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Field Trip to Cedar Rapids

Here is a copy of the field trip note. This will also come home as a hard, paper copy!

Mr. Hippen

Field Trip Note

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Growth Mindset

An assignment of the graduate class I am taking requires me to post my beliefs about growth mindset and how I view failure. So here it is!

What is a growth mindset? “A growth mindset is the belief that one’s intelligence and talents can be grown or developed with persistence, hard work, and a focus on learning.” (Ricci- p. 8 of Mindsets in the Classroom) I try very hard to foster an environment at school that promotes this thinking. I believe my students can succeed with effort, perseverance, grit, and motivation. The discussions we have at school focus around this belief! Basically, I believe we can actually “grow” our brains! We grow our brains much in the same way we grow our muscles- by using them! Our brain has the ability to change, adapt, and grow throughout our entire lives. I believe we should never feel that we “know it all.” That is what we call a “fixed mindset.” A person with a fixed mindset believes that he or she has a predetermined amount of intelligence, skills, and talents. I would argue for the word potential. Every student has potential, but potential can never be fully realized. It is never-ending and impossible to reach. In other words, we never stop learning!

How do I view failure? I see failure as an opportunity to learn. Everyone will make mistakes. I would also contend that failure is expected. Failure is a necessary component of the learning process. We can learn so much from failure- self-reflection, resiliency, and approaching a task in a different way or with more effort. The list goes on and on. For me personally, failure is often the greatest teacher in life. Michael Jordan summed up failure in this way, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot… and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” The premise here is that failure can produce a positive attitude and outlook. If failure is taken the other way (fixed mindset), then it is hard to move past the failure and develop any work ethic, resiliency, and grit.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Human Growth and Development

Here is the note that was passed out to the students to return. Please return this if you haven't already done so! If you haven't returned this and preferred not to have your son/daughter NOT participate, please let me know ASAP.

Mr. Hippen

Human Growth and Development Note

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Notes for Chapter 11

We are getting ready to have a social studies test if the weather ever cooperates! Right now, I have it tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 19th! Students should have notes in their social studies composition notebooks, but here is a link to some notes as well! There may be a few more in this link than what they have written down, but that is O.K.!

Chapter 11 Notes

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Conferences Rescheduled!

Conferences have been rescheduled for Monday, February 18th. I will change the date on the google spreadsheet. If you have plans on the 18th, I still would have some openings on the 12th. This weather is CRAZY!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Kids Heart Challenge/Valentine's Day Party

Here is the plan for Valentine's Day... Let me know if you have questions! I will send home a paper copy!

Mr. Hippen

Valentine's Day Letter (2019)- Hippen