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:
Megan Power's Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Organization
I feel one part that I can always develop is my writing component in my classroom. I am so happy to see how Megan puts together ideas in wich you can start writing with kindergarten students and it's perfectly setup to adapt to any grade level. I especially admire her use of technology in her kinder classroom to make movies an different presentations. And, on top of all that she was a mommy - again!
I think Victoria puts it so succinctly - use th the five "Es" when developing centers: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate. Her ideas that she gives hits different learning modalities as well as use different mediums in which students can present their work.
Stacy Burt's Students Start Your Engines: Using Toy Cars to Calculate Velocity
I love that Stacy uses these simple things to make meaning for students. I can remember rates of change when I was going through calculus classes in college, but here are 6th graders doing essentially the same thing in a way that is meaningful to them! I love how Stacy was always making things meaningful with her students - she always had creative, out-of-the-box ideas to make the abstract concrete - thanks for all the great ideas and tips Stacey!
I really appreciate all of Justin's ideas and tips. He's a very organized, punctual, and thorough teacher. in this post I love that he gives us very specific, simple responses to encourage students to respond and participate in the classroom. Thank you for all of your information Justin!
As I said before, I have been so very fortunate to have had this fantastic opportunity share my ideas. I was just a year ago that I recieved that unexpected call and my whole career took a different path. I am so grateful to all the staff at Scholastic for all of your support: Letecia, Linder, Amy, Kathy, David, and Yawen. I'm also so grateful to all the friends and teachers that helped me over the become a better teacher, without you I would not be here where I am, thank you Jacinto, Mandy, Camille, and Cristy.
And it is with that that I say good bye, I hope that you all were able to take some ideas and tips from my little blog here. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions or need clarification on anything. Next school year I won't be in a classroom, but I will me mentoring teachers, so I will call on you to help give me ideas to help out teachers from kindergarten to 8th grade! Look forward to meeting the next mentors!
Thanks so much,