Thursday, March 12, 2015

More SDL Fun

We have had some great presentations the past two weeks:

- an eight minute magic show
- a demonstration of how to strengthen your wrist for hockey and other sports
- a presentation on baking including yummy cookies for me (our school doesn't allow treats for the kids) :-(
- a collection of creative student
drawings including emojis and snowflakes.
- a presentation of how to improve your basketball shooting accuracy and how this one student reached her goal of 10/10 shots.
- a video of a student tumbling including editing and music 




Basketball Shooting Accuracy

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Report Cards

I have finished report cards for this term after working on them a little bit all week. It is Sunday night and I haven't blogged. Although report cards take a lot of time to do, they always end up being an opportunity for more reflection on the progress of my students. I am proud of all the work my class is doing this year, especially with their self-directed learning. Their blogs are like a portfolio of their growth. 

This week I am also starting a new informational writing unit with my three writing classes. I will definitely be sharing more about this project in weeks to come. It involves a lot of choice and a lot of preparation on my part.

Sorry this is such a short post, but it's 11:15 at night, and I should be sleeping!

Sunday, March 1, 2015


am delinquent in my posting for two weeks now. Had February vacation, been ridiculously busy getting ready for report cards, and working hard to make up snow days with as many engaging and thorough lessons as I can muster. These are not excuses! Amazing things are happening in my classroom and I should be posting once a week! Shame on me! :-)

This post is about a little inspiration from my mom. She loves puzzles and offered one to me that she had finished. She used to teach and figured my students could maybe do the puzzle during all the indoor recess times we have been having due to snow and extreme temps. 

I placed the pieces out on my small trapezoid table this past Monday and it was an instant hit. The students worked as a team on it, and I had to create a schedule because so many wanted to work on it. I will post a pic of the puzzle when it is finished.

Thanks for the inspiration and puzzle, Mom! You rock!