Monday, January 20, 2020

Morning Check In

If you are looking for a new way to check in with your students and how they are doing (and maybe something a little less elementary from the zones of regulation stuff) a friend posted this online


Looks like this teacher has a few kids she could be checking in on today to hopefully help them have a better tomorrow.

Do you use a check in system in your classroom?  
What does it look like?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

This Week At School

It was a busy week at school.  Temperatures dropped below -30 and the flu is still running rampart (I would say on average there are about 5 students missing per class that I've been in).

What did I do this week while at school?

I learned a new way for measuring the surface area of a triangular prism.  He told me multiple times that this isn't a standard way of solving for it but it works so I'll do my best to explain it to you...

First, base x height to determine the surface areas of the 2 triangles (no need to divide by 2 since there are 2 of them).

Then, figure out the perimeter of one of the triangles (so you'll be adding up all 3 sides)

Then, multiple the perimeter of the triangle by the distance between the 2 triangles.

Finally, add what you got in the last step with your surface areas of the triangles from the first step and voila!... you should have the surface area of the triangular prism.

I was also in an art classroom this week and I found this...

Bob Ross Painting?

Now I can't say for certain or anything but... do we think this teacher may have done a Bob Ross painting?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Scaredy Squirrel Project

A while ago I was in an early years classroom that was doing a project on Scaredy Squirrel

First, I'm assuming they read some Scaredy Squirrel books.  According to my research there are currently 8 Scaredy Squirrel books out there.  They likely read at least a couple of them to come up with such an extensive list of what he was all afraid of!

Then, I'm assuming they made a list of everything Scaredy Squirrel was afraid of (looks like they came up with 26 things)


Next, they made a map.  Below is the teachers example (or maybe the one they did together).  Above is the criteria they needed to include in their maps.  


Finally, they had to do a little bit of writing as to why they thought this new BFF would be perfect for Scaredy Squirrel.


Personally, I loved the idea!

And, in case you are wondering "what are some possibilities for Scaredy Squirrels BFF?" well here is a short list that I saw kids writing about

1)  Mrs Scaredy Squirrel (everyone needs a companion?)
2)  A Couch (perfect for watching tv and now he won't have to sit on the floor!)
3) Ice Cream (yummy!)
4) A doughnut (no sharp corners!)

I looked and I looked for where this teacher might have gotten this project from but couldn't find it.  BUT, if you Google "Scaredy Squirrel Class Project" lots of ideas do come up!

What else could be Scaredy Squirrels new BFF?

Monday, January 13, 2020

How to Spell "Their"

I think we all need a copy of this to put in our classrooms (elementary through high school)


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