Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrate Life

I'm taking today off because it is my birthday! Recently there have been a lot of deaths of people who have been close to me so I decided to get away from my computer and celebrate life today. I'm so thankful for every day I wake up and live another day. I hope you hug the people you love and don't wait to tell them how much you love them. For my birthday present, I ask that you go and enjoy life today!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back of the Book Blurb #27 Challenge

From Sioux's Page, Sioux offers this challenge.
She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title).
The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post.
Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs. 
You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Night at the Theater

Billy and Bobby hated to go to the theater but they had no choice. Both of their parents were actors and couldn’t afford child care so for the past few years, the boys grew up in the theater. They had to sit quietly with nothing to do. They recognized many famous people even if they didn’t usually get to hang out with them.  Only this night was going to be a special night and their parents hadn’t let them know this. There would be some special guests appearing on stage and their parents knew that the boys would be thrilled to meet these people. As the night went on, both boys were bored and quickly fell asleep. Imagine their surprise when they saw who was waking them up!! Read more to see who surprised them and what adventures were in store for them! (143 words)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 9/23/16

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

MOMA’s Exhibition HistoryExhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online.(L:G; SA:A)

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments – “Recreate an avalanche, dust storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short videos investigating extreme weather.(L:G; SA:S)

The World of 7 Billion – “Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Climate Change, Ocean Health, or Rapid Urbanization. All videos must include:
a) how population growth impacts the issue and
b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.
Consider narrowing your focus by concentrating on a subtheme within your topic. Possible subthemes include:
  • Climate Change – weather events and patterns, impact on
    agriculture, impact on coastal cities, human health, ecosystem disruption
  • Ocean Health – overfishing, coral bleaching, climate regulation, habitat loss, pollution, dead zones
  • Rapid Urbanization – sprawl, sanitation, air and water quality, megacities, migration, slums and informal settlements
Deadline for submissions is February 23, 2017.” (L:M,H; SA:S)

Ask Smithsonian – short fun videos about a range of science topics (L:G; SA:S)

Apple Teacher Program – “ We designed the Apple Teacher program to help you build skills and stay inspired. You’ll discover new ways to enhance creativity and productivity by unlocking the magic of iPad, Mac, and built-in apps. You’ll get news and fresh ideas, featuring real stories, product tips, and great educational apps. And after completing online quizzes, you’ll receive an official Apple Teacher logo that you can share with the world.” (L:G; SA:T)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Just Keep Swimming

Most schools in my area have been going for about a month now.

The honeymoon period is ending and students are getting settled in. Teachers have found their groove and established routines.

Now students begin testing their limits.

Students are struggling. Some are falling further behind and behavior problems are starting to occur too often.

Both students and teachers are becoming frustrating. Some students act like they don’t care about anything.

It is about this time that students and teachers feel like giving up.


As Dory says in “Finding Nemo,” – Just keep swimming!

Don’t give up! Just keep swimming. Now is the time to brace yourself and give it some extra effort.

This is the time for teachers to stay firm and be consistent with discipline.

Get to know the students on a more personal level. Find out what their interests are and what motivates them.

Think about your lessons. If they are boring for you to teach them, they are just as boring to learn them. Put some pizzazz in the lessons.

Call home often. Brag about the students as much as you complain about them. This will go a long way in getting parental support when you need it.

In the last 5 minutes of class, have a discussion about hypothetical situations such as “What would you do if you found a $100 bill on the floor?” or “What would you do if you saw your best friend steal something?”

At the beginning of class, give them 5 minutes to write in a journal. They have a choice of writing on a specific topic or how they are feeling and why. I usually require a minimum of 5 sentences but as the year goes on, they usually increase in length on their own. I collect the journals and read them. I correct grammar and spelling and even add some personal comments. The only grade I give them is a check for completing it.

What other suggestions do you have? Please share.