Summer is here (thank you!) and I’ve had a bit of time to rest and reflect. During the year it seems there is no time to stop and think about what we’re doing or where we’re going with it. The whole year steamrolls until we now are at a dead stop and looking back at the wreakage of my teaching. Of course, it wasn’t all bad, I just think I can do better. Why can’t I try and be the best? What occurs to me is that, more and more, we see that kids learn best by doing thinkgs that are practical and necessary. Kids learn by actually doing things, and those things should be useful to them. One of the advantages of working in a multi-age classroom (read, one room school house) is having to come up with activities that work for lots of kids that are active. This does not mean you have to throw away every workbook you use (really, there’s no other way to teach subject and predicate is there?), I’m merely proposing that you make sure and include (this is parents and teachers both I’m talking to now) SOMETHING relevant in their day each day. Your kids’ education starts yesterday!
Today’s mission, if I choose to accept it, is to get the kids finishing their CBA in Social Studies. I decided to have them do powerpoints (have to increase technology usage you know) and now I think that may have been a big mistake (kind-of like the time I decided to do watercolors without any paper covering the floor). Hopefully we can focus enough to finish at least 6 slides, with a conclusion and reference slide. Wish me luck!
A Great Morning to Everyone! The play yesterday went great, and we’re back in the classroom today hitting the books! Next week is MSP testing, so we’re going to be reviewing MSP style questions most of the day! Try to make it fun by using a Jeapordy type format, or having tghem write out the questions on huge posterboard and putting them up all over the room. One thing that worked well was having students choose a question from the practice book, and deliver it to other students. Whatever works! Keep em interested, keep em moving, Keep “em loving school! http://ow.ly/i/aUVs
SNOW! Snow in March. March comes in like a lion I suppose, but I pictured more blustery days, windy, rainy, etc… Not Snow! We’ve got an inch on the roads!
It really makes me want to have a snow day! I know that would be a guiilty pleasure, but it would be cool. Which makes me think that a mid winter break, around February, would be good. By this time we are starting to get stir crazy (me and the kids) and it’s another month until spring break. It’s not healthy for us. More learning will take place if we have time to go away and process it. The kids need to get out of the classroom and experience life. Go on trips. See things in the outdoors. Then, when we learned about mammals or the life cycle or verbs or whatever, they can think of it in those concepts – in the REAL WORLD. Mid winter break! LEt’s get that started! http://ow.ly/i/8Gao
School Board is always great, but getting home to the kids right at bedtime is always a necessary evil. Have to make up for it this weekend. Usually that means something fun anyway!
Staff Meetings are great! They do two things – bring us all together to talk about our collective concern (educating America) and allow us the opportunity to socialize at the same time! Win Win! One of my favorite things about staff meetings, especially when I was a brand new teacher, was the free food. Food does something to us as a group that gives us something to do, gives us a conversation starter, and just makes everyone happy. That’s why it’s easier to tell you that we need volunteers to work late on Friday if you have some strawberries and cream in your mouth at the same time. Win Win! 🙂 http://ow.ly/i/8thK