NIE Newsletter: January 2019

January News

New Year, New You! And in this case, new news! It’s January, time for resolutions and planning.  Do you make New Year’s resolutions with your class? If so, we would love to hear about them. Share your resolutions with us at niehelp@mcclatchy.com with the subject line: New Year’s Resolutions, and we may share your class resolution in an upcoming newsletter!

Wishing you and your students a wonderful 2019!

January is…

MentoringNational Mentoring Month. Mentors encourage students to reach their goals based on developing a vision for the future, as well as being a positive role model and source of inspiration for teens. View the Mentoring Course Student Supplement from The National Mentoring Partnership to teach students all about mentoring, how to find a mentor, develop a great relationship, ask good questions and open up with good dialogue, find activities to do with their mentor, and much more.

Life_is_ExpensiveFinancial Wellness Month. Educate and prepare your middle and high school students with our many supplements on money management, economics, financial literacy, financial planning, banking, entrepreneurship, and much more. All of these supplements are easy to incorporate into your lesson plans.


Special January Dates

MLKJanuary 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. View the Martin Luther King, Jr.: Celebrate Black History supplement which provides a biography, an overview of his upbringing, and the history of his most important achievements.

Teen_DrinkingJanuary 22 – 27 – National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. NDAFW is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drug and alcohol use. View the site here to learn about NDAFW and get activity ideas, free booklets and resources, and an online guide to plan an event for your class or school. Choices: Making Smart Decisions About Your Health & Safety, is an excellent supplement for teens to learn up-to-date information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco; health, exercise & emotional well-being; and leadership & relationships. Teen Drinking: Too Much, Too Soon, Too Risky will help students understand the effects of alcohol, what it does to their bodies and brains, why they may be tempted to try it, the dangers alcohol poses to their health & safety, and how they can say no.

National-Compliment-Day-January-24-e1481827895443January 24 – National Compliment Day. Give an extra compliment today. National Compliment Day is observed annually. Encourage your students to observe the people around them as they go about their day, and discover some things they genuinely notice or like about a person’s behavior, personality or appearance. Have them try to give at least 3 compliments during the day. Then encourage them to keep it going, and to try and give a compliment every day of the year. Click here for a short article you can share with your students.


Monthly Calendar

JanThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day in January:

  • Monday – Language Arts
  • Tuesday – Social Studies
  • Wednesday – Math
  • Thursday – Science
  • Friday – Thematic for each month with topics of Newspaper Knowledge, Character Education, Critical Thinking, Life Skills, Careers, and Moral Reasoning.

View January.


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