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  • Farm.Today was our field trip to a local farm. We’ve been studying farms and this was the culmination of our unit. What a day! 7:00 – Mrs. Douglass arrives and we discuss how the impending doom (i.e. rainstorm) might effect our field trip. We look...
  • Genius.
    on Oct 4, 2010 in silly team teaching literacy
    Yesterday I wrote about our adjective lesson with pumpkins. One of the sprouts I visited to help with his descriptive word was Billy. As I squatted down next to Billy’s seat, I glanced at his pumpkin… it was a big ol’ mess of a scribbles, so...
  • Risk.
    on Oct 4, 2010 in literacy
    Today we introduced adjectives and as a way to practice the skill, we colored plain white paper pumpkins and then wrote a describing word for each pumpkin. As I walked around, helping each sprout... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...
  • Kryptonite.
    on Oct 2, 2010 in life lessons
    Every time I turn on the television news lately I’m alerted to the sad state of American public education. Apparently, teachers, administrators, and everyone down to the cafeteria staff are in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...
  • Bonus.
    on Oct 1, 2010 in life lessons math hugs
    Kindergarteners are like sponges. They really do soak up knowledge and experiences like little critters starving for a drink. As my experience with this age group expands, I’m realizing the absorbency of each sprout isn’t the same. Some of the...
  • Speechless.
    on Oct 1, 2010 in silly literacy
    Have you ever had a sprout do something wrong, but the execution was so flawless you had a hard time holding them accountable? Recently during Writing Workshop, Martin gave the performance of a lifetime. During our Writing Workshop, we’ve been ta...
  • Super.
    on Sep 30, 2010 in hugs literacy
    If you’ve been a reader since last year, you’ll certainly remember Sonya. She’s in a first grade room right down the hall from me and makes a point to stop and give me a wave every morning on her way to breakfast. A few days ago, after her wa...
  • Hamburger.
    on Sep 28, 2010 in silly
    We started our farm (and apples and pumpkins) theme this week. There are many awesome books and activities to go with the farm theme, but probably the most exciting (for the kids anyway), has to be our farm center. It’s a basic plastic farm and a...
  • Video.
    on Sep 28, 2010 in life lessons technology
    A few weeks ago, Katie Hellerman, of The Teaching Game website reached out to me about doing a YouTube interview. Yikes. I've never done a video before, so it was a little daunting, but I agreed because, as I tell my sprouts, sometimes you have to...
  • Fan.
    on Sep 27, 2010 in life lessons silly
    Today was a challenging day overall. It was our first real rainy day and we couldn’t go out at all for recess. Even with all the chaos and struggling, David found a way to make me smile all day long. I’m not playing favorites. I promise. But...
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