[Students] Remembering to Play

I am quite certain I have remembered this before, but July has allowed me a new remembering of that previous rememberment–it is important to play in your teaching. The other day in my ESY Summer School classroom we were listening to the Trolls Soundtrack during Centers time. One of my little pea pods clearly had…

[Teaching] Summer School Check-in

Gah! It sure is hard to teach and live and blog and do all the things. Time passes so quickly in a woosh of days, moments, and last-minutes. While I have sworn more than once that I would never ever teach during the Summer again, I am. And you know what?  It’s great!  I teach…

[Quote of the Week] Theme Songs

Earlier this year the students I had the great fortune of teaching at the time were choosing theme songs. The purpose was to help create a vision of success in their growing brains while sneaking in some reading and writing. We talked about imagining themselves enter a room, concert hall, field, meeting–whatever location would hold…

[Quote of the Week] QOW #22

The lovies are playing board games, dressing up from the costume bin, and challenging me to various card games. They’ve earned some free-choice time at the end of the day on a Friday. J. observes B. is not paying attention during our game of Uno and is causing our game to go more slowly than…

[Quote of the Week] QOW #21

Me: Okay dudes, there’s something we need to get done today.  Third period started on it today, and it didn’t go very well.  In fact, I was kind of frustrated.  I’ll tell you what it is, and maybe you have an idea for how it can go better? A: We could just pay attention.  I…