Sunday, December 4, 2016

I have had quite a few bumps in the road but wanted to create something to share this holiday season. This Math Brain Breaks can be edited to fit your needs. I know my kids will love the playfulness of Dominic the beloved donkey and I hope yours will too.

Math Brain Break

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

This is on my list of Professional Reading this summer. Click to check out her video introducing this great book.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I had so much fun chatting on Periscope with Angie and Ashley last night.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Have you heard about Blab/Im? I tried it today and it is so much fun. I didn't expect to get on andwasn't quite ready but sometimes you jump in with both feet, right? Follow one of these lovely ladieson Twitter and you can subscribe next Sunday. Meg
Sheila Jane and Aly  I hope to see you there.

Friday, July 31, 2015

      I just started reading this today and not only is Rae Pica's book easy to read it is even harder to put down. I found myself nodding along to the points as I turned the pages.. If only the "Professionals" or EVEN 1 of the people writing and reviewing the K-3 Common Core Standards had an understanding of childhood development.

All Children Are Not the Same

     She begins the book "It certainly seems to be one of those "duh" statements- All children are not the same."  Pica has done her research and has many names to contribute to what she has to say. She shares that according to Marcy Guddemi director of Gesell Institute of Child Development that the average child learns to walk at 12 months with 50% before and 50% after. But the range that is normal is 8 3/4 months to 17 months. Pica then goes on to share the average age children learn to read is 6 1/2 again 50% before and 50% after. Here is no surprise -- not every child will learn to read before leaving Kindergarten.

     We need to take our students where they are at not where it is perceived they should be...

More to come with Chapter 2 The Earlier the Better?

I have taken the Challenge and have arrived here with my 8         statements or beliefs in teaching. This will be September number 31 for me. I still experience all of these feelings before the first day; Excited, Nervous, and Anxious. I have B2S dreams, feel that queasy stomach (Sunday night feeling) and hold high hopes for this year to beat all. I know you probably have nodded at least once. Please came join me and these other very special and dedicated teachers.

 With Love from Texas

It didn't take me very long to write my list after all of these years of teaching. It DID take me quite a while to pinpoint the eight that would say it all for me. I know there will be days that I may come back to this list more than once and that is absolutely fine with me. I am not the perfect teacher and not the perfect fit for every student placed in my classroom but I do want to be the teacher each of my students needs and deserves.

I hope I have inspired you to make your own list of beliefs in Education. Please join Stephanie of Mrs. D's Corner to see what she has to share today.

Mrs. D's Corner

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Getting into making new things for my classroom. Here is one to share if you can relate to New England Weather.