“*Dr. Kenneth Zike has said that at least 50% of the children with learning problems referred to the neurological clinic at his hospital had had no traumas, no birth injuries, and no other physical deviations. Their trouble seemed to come from pressure - pressure to do a task that they did not have the maturity to do.”

~Borrowed from Robert Jackson on the world wide web.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Non Fiction Writing

This afternoon we worked on finding information and facts on space related topics in non fiction books. The children are going to work in groups and create non fiction books of their own based on found information. It has been a great opportunity to help the children understand what staying on topic means, the difference between fact and opinion, correct sentence structure and grammar, and teamwork. Here they were just getting started.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our Planet Reports!

The boys and girls were offered a planet. They chose the one they wanted and picked a partner. The first day, they gathered facts from a planet book. The next day they created their poster. The final day they shared information about their planet. I can not tell you how amazing it was to listen to them shout out, "Hey I learned something new!" Followed by them telling me what they learned. As I watched them work together in pairs, I couldn't help but think this is what teaching is all about! Wait...I change my mind...it is when they come up and hug me and tell me how much fun it was to do a report and I am the best teacher in the whole world.
In light of the upcoming last and final space shuttle launch, we have been learning about planets and space travel.

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