“*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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I prefaced the afternoon with the fact we needed clean jokes and ones that were school appropriate.
I was a little shocked at one of the jokes, but feel it is important to share. Everyone deserves a good laugh!
"A man goes into a bar and gets drunk on beer. (Yes, it was at this moment I said, "Whoa is this a clean joke?") He leaves the bar and begins to drive drunk. He drives down a one way street the wrong way. A cop who saw him leave the bar and drive drunk followed him then pulls him over. The cop says, Didn't you see that arrow back there? The drunk man replies, What arrow? I never saw the Indian!"
Moral of the story and life lesson taught to a classroom full of 1st graders and a teacher with her mouth hanging open...DON'T DRIVE DRUNK! The children didn't really get it. I never stopped giggling.
That is pretty much taking up every other day in the month of May for me. Just call me C-R-A-Z-Y! :o)
Oh, yeah, and by the way I totally transformed our room Friday afternoon/Monday morning to make it more conducive to learning in my classroom! I am all about the learning! :o)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I wanted to just sneak in some of the totally cool things we have been doing in the classroom.
***You may, or may not, have heard about our "apple cart".
We have used them for reading and math skills practice, listening to reading, and "mastery club".
I is for illustrations will include work created on the iBooks...hopefully if the tech works out in my favor! Cross your fingers people!
***The children earn money or lose money each day as part of our positive behavior plan in the classroom. Almost every single child can count money with little to no help. (Just my sneaky way of practicing money counting skills!) Some children choose to spend every cent they earn, while others save all but a very little of their money.
Sit at teachers desk, sit with a friend in class, help with math lesson, sit by a friend in the lunchroom, homework pass, sit in my rocking chair for all circle time activities to name a few.
*** We completed an activity this past week using the computers one afternoon. We visited wordle.net and typed in meaningful words about
****It is at this time when you notice children really mastering the curriculum and skills in first grade. I love this time of the year. Here are two children reading to self. The class works like a well oiled machine at this time of year.
The children are comfortable, on task , and READING with tremendous stamina.