Thursday, January 12, 2017

We're Flipping For Reading!

Yesterday, I posed the question, "Can a reading passage be fun?" We have had a blast this week playing "Zapped," being "aeronautical masters" (that's synonymous with flying paper airplanes), and FLIPPING for reading.

Today, we reviewed a reading comprehension passage. Our mathematicians kept score, and our speakers gave their teams' answers to the class. Speakers then picked "flippers" to "flip for reading." Students enjoyed trying to earn points for their teams by FLIPPING the "We Flip for Reading" bottle into a trashcan. I loved seeing the smiles on the sea of faces while learning. Day made!
Until next time,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Can a Reading Comprehension Passage be Fun?

We recently took benchmarks at our school. It's an important part of the process to discuss the passages in order to review important vocabulary and strategies for student success. So, how can THAT be fun? Well, today, we played "Aeronautical Strategies for Success." Students got to make paper airplanes and try to fly them through the designated target (of course I had to play "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly while students designed planes). Some students were very talented at making paper airplanes and got to become teachers. I love it!

We chose speakers and mathematicians. Speakers are the ones that come up and give their teams' final answer and get to chose "aeronautical masters" to try and earn extra points for their team. Mathematicians add, and keep up, with their team's score. 

My day was certainly made when I heard students say, "This is fun!" Wow, going over a comprehension passage CAN be fun! The video below shows students making their airplanes, some becoming teachers, and everyone getting a chance to "test fly" their creation. What a memorable day!

Until next time,

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Focus on What Students CAN do, NOT What They Can't Do!

Teachers, we know so many of our students come to us with needs. Every day it seems like we gain a new role: comforter, nurse, counselor, referee, entertainer, and the list goes on. Many of our students come to us after a fight at home, a recent death, abuse, hungry, cold, and in situations we can't even imagine.

As teachers, we can sometimes get into a rut of focusing on what our students can't do. When perusing through Facebook tonight, I came across a post from Principal Principles that I loved. She posted a song from one of her friends, Staci Erickson, that really hit home with me. It reminded me that ALL of our students have gifts. We are there to help our students discover those gifts and remind them of how special and unique they are.

This video is worth sharing. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. I can just see the faces of many of my students when watching it. What signs would our students be holding up? Let's tell them!