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Fart Fiasco (112 out of 365) #blogaday

What makes the sound and smell of flatulence cause children and some adults to giggle? During my lesson today, I didn’t smell anything due to my cold – but some of the students started plugging their noses and laughing. They backed away from the boy who they said farted. It interrupted the lesson, and I just mentioned that “it happens” and had to move on.It was a silly doing and saying!

 

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Little red HEN or HENRY? (111 out of 365) #blogaday

This is such a cute idea! I love the Little Red Hen, and the message it teaches about helping others. This is a great spin on it (Little Red Henry) to teach children about doing it themselves.

Nerdy Book Club

Years ago, when my son was a preschooler, I watched one of his classmates struggling to put on the many layers of snow gear that can sometimes be required for a Vermont recess. His mom hurried over to help him remove his leg from the armhole of his parka. “I can do it myself!” said the preschooler. And, eventually, he did well enough that he was able to join his pals outside.

I was reminded of him a few days later when I joined that same preschool class for circle time. Ms. Amy was reading The Little Red Hen. You remember The Little Red Hen, right? Hen has some planting to do and she asks her barnyard buddies for help.
“Who will help me sow the wheat?” she asked.
The response was less enthusiastic than she had hoped.
“Not I,” said the dog.
“Not I,” said the pig.
“Not I,”…

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Cackling with comedies (109 out of 365) #blogaday

Instead of thinking about work in the evening, it is fun to relax with a silly movie. Tonight, I watched The Croods and Pink Panther with my roommate. Just forgetting what is to come during the week and what already happened is easy when you’re laughing at a stupid comedy. During the week, it can be tough to relax because there is lots to do from the time you get back, to before you go to sleep. It is important to try and stay calm on the weekends, even though there is much to be done. Take each assignment little by little, and make sure to enjoy the fun when you get a chance.

Since this year has basically been an extension of senior year, it is even more difficult to stay motivated this term. Senioritis is difficult to kick, but I try to stay on top of it when I can. Starting assignments before it’s necessary helps keep yourself sane. Some pressure at the end can be useful as well, if you work best that way. However, it is ALWAYS necessary to give yourself breaks and not to over do it. You may burn out before the term is done. Watch some silly movies or shows to keep you laughing – it can be contagious and simply smiling lightens your mood 🙂

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Earth Day excitement (107 out of 365) #blogaday

Earth Day is a very important thing to celebrate, and let children in on. My school acknowledged it a little bit, but we didn’t do any special projects or explain it to the class. I really like these ideas for books and art! It is important to mention the holidays you are allowed to during school, so children become aware of the various activities going on around them each month.

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earth_animated-gif-spinningWe had a very important day this week – Earth Day.  On Wednesday of this week, we talked about the importance of celebrating our planet and conserving natural resources. In addition to this work, we learned more about animals, began a new chapter book, continued organizing and representing data during math and danced our hearts out during ACES Day.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!

  • Conversation Starters
  • New Chapter Book
  • Earth Day
  • Science – Animals
  • ACES Day
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class read a book called Those Shoes this week.  What did the main character do to help another boy in the story?  What are some things the author did that you found interesting as a reader?
  • When representing data on a chart with sticky notes, what is important to remember to show the data accurately as a mathematiican.  Can the notes overlap?  Can there be spaces in…

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Breakdown of the day (105 out of 365) #blogaday

10. Started a new show (Scandal) on Netflix, hooked already

9.   Prepped my read-aloud story of “The Surprise Garden” for tomorrow

8.   Made salmon for the first time, nice and juicy!

7.   Relaxed after an exhausting but fulfilling day at placement

6.   Called my “people” to catch up and express my success

5.   Re-set the classroom for what tomorrow requires

4.   Sang a song as the students went down the hall to home

3.   Kept surprising myself that I was doing it!

2.   Led calendar with confidence 🙂

1.   Woke up, determined to fake it!

Got this idea from someone on Slice of Life
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Learning from the lapse in teaching (103 out of 365) #blogaday

I took my advice from yesterday, and am thinking about the problems as ways to learn. Today was a management challenge in the afternoon – but I tried various techniques and didn’t give up. I broke down at recess once the students were outside the room, but my CT was very helpful with giving me more ideas and strategies for handling the students. I didn’t even think that I needed to explain to the children what I expect from them :o! It was obvious after she mentioned it that they won’t necessarily follow the normal rules with me. They want to see if they “need” to pay attention and what I will to do when they push the rules. After writing out my goal of letting each day go before I come home, it helped me actually do that. Today, I was looking towards growing and what I would do next time I teach the students. Sometimes, just writing out your goals helps you think about them and stick to it! It works for children as well – there are always the rules for how to act and reminders for certain students’ behavior goals for the day.  strength post2