A fun twist on character creation that I have used with my youngest elementary students comes around at this time of year: Creating Class Monsters! There is one big change for creating this character with younger students rather than upper elementary or middle schoolers: Rather than have them make suggestions for all the details, I… Read More Halloween Monsters!
The day after our class fiestas was not really what I was expecting…… Read More Fiestas and a Hard Lesson (For Me)
This school year has been going for a month now and things are coming together. I wasn’t so sure that this would happen, though. I had a lot of changes this year, the biggest of which was getting rid of all my desks. I had a practice run of this last year with my half-deskless… Read More Falling Into Place
2 weeks in, but really only 1 week in We’re two and a half weeks into the year, which means that most of my classes have completed a week’s worth of work (I only see the kids 2 times a week). It’s been a very positive first few weeks of school and I’m looking forward… Read More Building skills, not learning facts…And an announcement about ACTFL 2018
The year is beginning and the desks are out! (I have 4 folding tables that I can bring out if I need to, but they are out of the way and I’m loving the openness of the classroom!) An Outward Sign of What Class is Like At the beginning of every year, I spend a… Read More No More Desks!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my final exam projects. The gist of that post was that I was giving up micromanaging the kids’ writing. They would write on their own and they would edit on their own. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. The assignment For their final exam,… Read More Micromanaging the Class (Part 3): The Results
Sometimes I question my grand experiment, that is, the whole story behind this blog. I know others out there can feel a lack of confidence bred by the daily grind of school life, the inability to step outside of our own routines and see through new eyes. Sometimes I want to just go back to… Read More Experiments, Failed and Otherwise