This has been such an exciting year with so many twists and turns, flips, and fumbles. It has been a great year for me and it saying good bye is very, very bittersweet. Here are some highlights from the year that I really enjoyed:
There's been a lot of change this year, and what a year it has been! I was involved with several different types of programs at my school, including the School Site Council, the Student Success Teams, the Technology Liaison for the district, our After School Safety and Enrichment Program, and many other things! I have grown as a teacher and have learned so much from my role here as the 1st and 2nd grade Teacher Advisor for Scholastic.com. But things are a changing!
For some of us, the end of the year is imminent! After state testing you may have more time and need some relief from the pressures of going over test taking strategies and test prep packets. What do we do with ourselves? Start a project of course! Now is a perfect time to allow students time for inquiry and research into a subject that you may have touched upon earlier in the year. This also may feel like it's a good time for your students to learn more about the history or natural history of the the area in which you live.
Wow! The countdown to the end of the year is upon us! Some of you are probably days away from the end of the year like a high school teacher friend of mine who ends right after Memorial Day. We are a year-round school and our last day is June 30, which means we're in session right up to the end! In those few weeks before the school year ends, you may find that making a video not only provides students with worthwhile review, but also provides great material to preteach or reteach with next year's students!
April 30 is Arbor Day! It's a holiday that's been in remembrance since 1872. You may want to take a few moments in your classroom to discuss the importance of trees and their effect on the environment. You can (cheaply!) order trees from www.arborday.org and plant them around your school or send it home for a writing or science project. One way you can help students understand how we can recycle and nearly eliminate the need for deforestation is to show them how paper can be made new again. Make some paper!
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mothers-to-be! It's here! I can't believe it is already May! Wow how the time flies! Here are some great ideas I have to share with you to give you ideas on what you can do with your students for this special day. If you have any great ideas, please share them below! I'd love to see what you all do for Mother's Day - May 9!
Hello! Happy Earth Day! Summer is steadily approaching, here in the desert we're hitting highs close to 100 already! Now is a perfect time for our students to learn about reducing their energy usage and ways in which they can become "green" citizens. Here are a few things that I've done and books that I found online and have used in my classroom to make Earth Day a day where we remind ourselves to reduce, reuse, and recycle!