A new school year is upon us! It was great meeting all the incoming third graders in June. I have provided a link to my Wiki, where you can sign up for a quick meeting in the classroom on Monday, August 26th. If you aren't able to sign up, feel free to come by anytime to say hi and see the classroom!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Though I wasn't able to make the Passion Project breakfast, I was able to see photos and work connected to each child's project. I was very proud of their work and evidence that when kids research a topic of their choice and interest, you get a lot out of them! It was the highlight of February. March is upon us. We will be starting a science unit about our solar system and a literature study using the book The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Happy New Year! Before the break we completed our diverse cultures unit. We began by determining the components that make up people's culture. Later, we studied word origin of some common words and discovered that they were "borrowed" from other world languages. Students also compared and contrasted Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. They loved potato latkes, and playing the dreidel game. We ended the unit with our own para, Mili, sharing her Puerto Rican culture with us. She made fried plantains and we salsa danced!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Morning Explore....what is it? Why don't you just teach when the kids arrive? The thing I find most essential about explore is: Choice. It's the time of the day where kids can choose: to play a game, read alone, read with a friend, do some art, use the computer, or get help with homework. It's very empowering for kids to choose what they think is important, or what they think they may need, in their day. Watch the video and see my class engaging in Morning Explore.