Archive for July, 2013

The Visual Learner.

July 26, 2013

This particular day at school, levels of frustration started to set in.  My students were not retaining what adjectives were.  I tried everything I could possibly for them to get it.  My tactics were unsuccessful.  A sense of hopelessness was starting to kick in.  All of a sudden, a light bulb went off in my head. I told everyone to line up to get ready to go outside.  I placed them in groups of four, and explain to them that we were going to play a grammar game. The object of the game was to identify as many items possible within a 10 minute time frame. Together as teams they would provide descriptions of the items they listed on paper and report back to me. My students followed directions, and grasped the concept,  I was relieved to discover that kids often need to see images in order to actually comprehend what’s being asked of them.  Now that I think about it, I was a visual hands-on learner myself. Who would’ve thought that something as simple as taking my student’s outside would help me achieve my learning goal. 

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The Sixth Grade Dance.

July 23, 2013

Teaching sixth grade for the last six years, I really look forward to supervising the sixth grade dance with other dedicated teachers and staff.  Usually I walk around making sure that appropriate dancing is taking place.  Sometimes I even dance with my students during the times the DJ plays hussell or line dance songs.  This year, the kiddies made me proud.  No inappropriate dancing took place and they looked absolutely adorable slow dancing together.  Image

Kids learn best when they work together.

July 21, 2013

There was a time in my teaching career that I felt that students learned best in a quite setting.  Times have changed and studies show that students placed in groups together to complete a class room activity  actually learn more.  Grouping students together allows both the opportunity for students to feed off of one another’s thoughts while at the same time improve social and communication skills.  I am looking forward to implementing this method a lot more this fall in my class room.  It does work.  That is with appropriate supervision and planning.Image

The end of the school year promotion ceremony.

July 17, 2013

The end of the school year promotion ceremony.