Actually, I learned this summer that hummingbirds don’t really stand much, and that they can’t walk. Their legs aren’t strong enough. Instead, they sort of hop, using their wings for support. Summer is drawing quickly to a close; school starts for us next week. Not much at all about this summer has […]
Get to Know Students: 100 Questions to Start Off the School Year 1) Are you glad to be at school? 2) Do you wish it were still summer? 48) Did you go camping this summer? For each of these 100 Questions, students respond by standing up for “yes” or remaining seated for “no.”The questions can […]
My six-year-old invented a game today. She cut out pieces of paper to be cards, and on each she drew a different animal. I think the monkey turned out especially cute. For the record, the one that looks a bit like a black blob with a tail is a King Cobra. She taught me […]
My kids attended a Montessori preschool, which I loved for many reasons. Montessori has a strong emphasis on personal responsibility. The kids often choose what they want to be working on. It’s their job to get out the materials they need and to put them back when they are done. The older kids (4-6 year olds) […]
I’ve read with great interest several blog posts and Twitter conversations about the idea of “Genius Hour.” The basic idea is that students are given some regular time in class, for example an hour every Friday afternoon, to work on a project of their choice – anything they have an interest in and want to learn […]
As end-of-year thank you gifts for the teachers at my daughter’s elementary school, I bought copies of one of my current favorite teaching books, Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. For the teachers at my son’s preschool, though, I wanted to do something a little more personal. He’s had the same head teacher for […]
Includes Whole Number Jeopardy Lesson Idea
I’m sure that on this particular entry in my daughter’s Kindergarten Journal, she intended to write, “Over the summer, I want to swim.” What she actually wrote, in her special attempting-to-sound-the-words-out-way, makes me laugh, though, as it’s probably a true statement for many people.
I’m sure that I’m more than a little biased, but I think my kindergartner is pretty fantastically creative. This morning she made a robot out of boxes, paper and crayons (for the antennas), declaring as she worked, “I’ve always wanted to be in a robot parade!” Yesterday she put all of the chairs in the playroom […]
The technology we now have available opens up all sorts of opportunties for creating and presenting “How-to’s,” particularly with video.
Resource for teaching sequence and plot