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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Build It..and they will come!

Build WHAT?

Has ANYONE seen the Kevin Costner Movie...
FIELD OF DREAMS?


On MY top 10 of ALL TIME GREATS!
Yes..I love baseball  (  GO  SF  GIANTS!  )
But
This is SOOOO  much MORE!

It's about never giving up.
Keep  trying.
When others tell you that YOU are CRAZY..
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

I  LOVE  THAT!

( sniff...sniff... hold on now)

OK.

SO How do I give my 6 year old FIRSTIES
a chance to EXPLORE their dreams?
To "think OUTSIDE the BOX"?

To ...go the extra mile?

Recently, I have been exploring
Genius Hour.

First of ALL...I don't have an hour.
Secondly, their little minds and bodies couldn't focus on ANYTHING for an hour.
So make it REAL

30 minutes of MAYHEM!
NO.
I don't call it that!
( Even if it makes my OCD heart skip a beat!)

FUN  FRIDAY!
Now...this is NOT your "Teacher KICKS BACK while kids DO WHATEVER THEY WANT!"

This is a structured time of the week ( ANY DAY WILL WORK)
where kids get "tools" to BUILD!

I tell them they are building a city.

We brainstorm (chart with pictures - Lots of EL students )
ALL of the things WE want
in a PERFECT city!
(They want LOTS of PARKS...grass...Ice cream stores...etc )

And then I group them into groups of 4.
I switch them each week.

I get out their "TOOLS"...

Blocks...Garage Sale & "FRIENDS" donations


Their FAVORITE!
Toothpicks & marshmellows..
Engineers in ACTION!

Math Blocks...Want to learn about "sides", "corners", "flats", "rolls" ?
Use them!


Oldie but a goodie!
They LOVE to follow the picture DIAGRAMS!

Get out your MATH Manipulatives...and let them PLAY!
NO! Not "PLAY" :)  ...BUILD!
Build a CITY!


CUBES!



And the ALL TIME  FAVORITE.....
LEGOS!

Giant TUB!

I ask Parents to donate a small baggie of their "extras" from home.
We add them to the tub!
I may need a LARGER tub! :)

And so..don't forget.
If you want to encourage kids to DREAM BIG!
We have to let them do it!
Create, problem solve, share, plan, explore.

I hope the future leaders of our country can do ALL of it!
(Better start teaching them HOW!)

And remember...you need to be a part of it also.

I  do.
We  do.
You  do.

WOW!
Excuse me.
I have some "creating" to do with those legos!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's THAT time AGAIN! BTS Linky & Giveaway!

It's THAT time again.

EVERY teacher knows it...
the BACK TO SCHOOL nightmares have begun!

You know...the "class TOTALLY out of control.." 
or
The ..." admin moved me to another class today..and kids here tomorrow!"
or (my favorite)
"We are adding ONE more student to your class...and I see hundreds!"

The only salvation:


And so...WE BEGIN!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers 
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as...  
"  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd."

You mean ME?  I am.... ODD?
YES! YOU!

Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!


We like to "DRESS UP"!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching...we are a little "QUIRKY"!




We tend to "go the extra mile!"
And it's a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!

How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?

See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND ...HEELS??? 

 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles 
on the floor..
in heels?

You see...QUIRKY!


SMELLS..
Who doesn't LOVE to walk into a room smelling of...
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.

We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!




And then ...24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in...
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!

And so...we retreat to our OLD FRIEND...
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a "CERTIFICATE" to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.

A Little QUIRKY!

But...we do what we need to do to survive!

Myself...I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON'T LIGHT THEM...JUST SMELL THEM! :)



Lunch.

A Primary teacher's lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!


I always laugh when someone says,
" You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?"
Yeah...after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND...one doesn't forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND...if I don't have to call a parent.
AND..if I don't need to run off papers.
AND..if I don't need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note, 
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don't forget to EAT...it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)

So...bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!

A LITTLE QUIRKY!



DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

I don't think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn't involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!

Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?

NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!

Do YOU feel the "NEED"...to  spray
SOMETHING?

I know..it's OK..
I think some people are "wired" with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!

And we do..




We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And...it's OK!
( I'm sure SOMEWHERE...there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!



BAGS!

No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!

"I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie..."
(I think it's a SONG)
Me dancing...






But...
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!

We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!

And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes...I can carry it ALL in one trip!

(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)

But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!

No...I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  "31"  BAG..  :)

A LITTLE  QUIRKY!

And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!

To those who are...
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY...
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!

WELCOME  to the CLUB!

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