Saturday, September 20, 2014

I will do just about anything to enhance my students' understanding. After purchasing this old school toothpaste (I remember it from my youth) on Amazon, I held up a tube in front of my young ones and asked them what it had to do with the Star-Spangled Banner. They blurted and questioned and were genuinely curious.  Although spelled differently, we finally came to the understanding that Gleem toothpaste was named thus because it would make your teeth SHINE! "At the twilight's last GLEAMING."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The largest human Star-Spangled Banner

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brown Bear, Brown Bear - Singing Game - Kristin Lukow

K - 2nd will be singing Brown Bear today. I start with the original book as I introduce it to kindergarten. We will watch this video and then sit in a circle and enjoy this fun vocal assessment game. Do they know they are being assessed? No.  We sing the various other books in grades 1 and 2.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Back-To-School Dream

July 1st, 2014
I had my first back-to-school dream last night and it was a doozy! 

I was in a brightly painted basement, but it was wet. Brown goo was oozing from under the carpet and out of the piano. The piano kept sliding because the floor was slanted. 

I arrived to my room early and old Christmas decorations were all over random odd tables that were covered with a melted chocolate bar and a sticky huge lollipop. I asked no one, "Why are all these tables in here?"

One teacher was there asking me for one green pipe cleaner and I assured her they were in her room. She was sure I had them. Another teacher tried to help me by putting the Christmas decorations in a too small cupboard that was filled with neatly folded, used tissue paper. I said, "Why do we even need this stuff?"

I had to go to the bathroom, went up the back stairs and the first bathroom was bing used. I ran to the second bathroom and a teacher was slowly coming out and kept talking to me about how she was never late. I smiled and gently shoved her out the door so I could tinkle.

I made my way down the front stairs and found a slide that led into my room which was full of 74 students. I rode the slide which went under two boats and landed on my bum in front of all these kids. But, they thought I was cool.

I tried to get my music going but the wrong song kept playing and my projector only showed a tiny left-hand corner of the screen, but the kids liked that song so I kept playing it. I tried to explain that they should clap on the quarter notes but most of my students were new and they didn't know what I was talking about.

There were kids sitting on the top of chairs facing the back of the room and one boy had his shirt buttoned wrong, which totally distracted me so I moved him to the front of the class.

As I moved him I noticed I had a string coming off my shirt and I started to pull it and off course the entire things started unraveling and wrapped all around my arms. Then I looked in the mirror and noticed I didn't have lipstick on and I was wearing a peach shirt. I look horrible in peach and wondered why I wore that shirt.

I asked the kids to arrange the chairs better and they put the rows super close to the piano which of course was moving and still oozing. I told them, well that looks nice but I would never do it that way so...let's change it. I'll turn around and say "Go!" and you guys change it up.

They did and it was completely awkward. I was overwhelmed and ...there was much more to this dream but it is already completely ridiculous.

True story.