Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday's Words for the Week

THANKS for the interest in the Fall 3C Event.
We are full, but will look to add a winter session if there is interest.
Stay tuned...

Looking forward to the unleashing of some new thinking!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Words for the Week

We are gearing up for the next 3C event and are super excited to welcome
two new committed educators,
Mark Lenz and Leslie Myers from Fairfax County, to our line up!  
We can't wait to Connect-Collaborate-Create!

Photo: What are you committing to?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday's Words for the Week

I met 25 new students last week. I am wondering what they will teach me,  I am their teacher yet every year my kids bring with them lessons for me to learn. My most important lesson from the last school year came from a boy who taught me the true meaning of perserverence. Philippians 3-14 refers to perserverence as "pressing on". I love that.   Learning didn't come easy for this young boy and I'm guessing school often represented a place of struggle and hardship for him. Yet, day after day after day he would come into the room with a smile on his face, ready and willing to attempt anything I put in front of him.  Every day he would try and every day he would struggle. I was amazed by him and his ability to continuously "press on". He only cried once. After failing a test he let the tears of frustration fall. I held him and he held me and I asked him not to give up on me, that I would keep trying to figure out a way to teach him. We made a pact...I wouldn't give up on him and he wouldn't give up on me.  He ended up passing the BIG test at the end of the year. It was my turn to cry then.  Now when I get tired and feel like I'm ready to give up, I think of this boy and the big important lesson he taught me. What will I learn this year? Can't wait to find out.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's Words for the Week

Let's go change the world teachers.
Wishing you a great first day of school!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Extended Learning: A Maps and Globes Discovery Bag

Thanks SO much to all of you who sent encouragement and advice about how to keep it together when your kids move away.  Many of you suggest staying busy...well, no problem there! I'm in over my head with all sorts of school and home projects. I'm bound and determined to finish things up before school begins in two weeks. 
Yikes, it is going fast!

I need to apologize for not getting back to some of you who asked about the Discovery Bags. 
My plan is to first put together bags that go along with my social studies and science units.  If you are thinking you want one on a specific topic, you can email me and I can add it to my list. I'll try to complete as many as I can and will post them when I am done. Keep checking back. 

Here is another bag that I finished recently. I enjoy putting these together and easily found some inexpensive and fun store bought materials from the One Spot at Target.  This is a great time to be on the look out for flashcards, puzzles or games that fit with your topics. 
We do a unit on Maps early in the year.  I will use this bag during extension time to give kids background before I teach it or as a review afterwards. 

A vocabulary matching game will give students another exposure to key words related to geography. 
I have included an answer key so it will be self checking. 

For just two dollars, I was able to add a puzzle and United States Flash Cards that give information about all 50 states. 
I'm including a journal so that kids can write or draw something they know about this topic on a page. 

I am including some sort of examination item in most bags.  This one will include compasses that the kids can handle and experiment with.  I found a little booklet that explains what a compass does and how it works. I'm going to add that in too.  Of course, actual maps would be great to add in here as well.  Think of all the different types of maps that you could add include...street or state maps, or maps of amusement parks or even your school map would be great. 

I've got these all on hangers.  I'm thinking kids will enjoy using these at centers.  All kids would benefit, but I'm thinking they will be ideal to use with those who need to be challenged. 

If you are interested, check out this listing in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday's Words for the Week

 This is funny, but the real truth is that I cried a river today.  
My son left for his freshman year of college this afternoon. 

I am still in disbelief. Where have the years gone? 
How is it possible that we have already gone from this....

To this....

to this????

It doesn't seem possible. 
I am so excited for him and this next adventure.  What has come as a surprise to me is just how much it hurts my heart to see him go. I will miss seeing, talking and laughing with him every day.
 I know I will adjust and this ache will subside...right?  
Words of advice?  Missing him tonight.

Here are my Sunday's Words: 

Lord, please surround my kids with friends and adults who point them toward You, and in ways that complement my own deficits in parenting.