Calling all doctors.
Report to Room 404. Stat!
There appears to be a medical emergency for patients in Room 404.
On our next day of school, students will be confronted with some changes in the classroom.
Be prepared to scrub in, don some surgical scrubs, and perform some surgery in the Hoggatt ER!
"It takes a whole ocean
and the moon
to erase your mere footstep
from the sand"
Here is the video that appears on the Joplin Schools website:
They say, "Variety is the spice of life." I don't know about spice, but I know that variety makes life more interesting. Without variety in our writing, our writing is monotonous and unworthy of being read. Sentence fluency is a writing trait that provides variety to our writing.
It's often difficult for a fourth grader to find the main idea of a writing. The task is certainly simpler when reading nonfiction, so that is where we began to see progress, this year. This slide show (below) helps, as well, as we continue to grow our understanding.
My question: is it easier to find the main idea first, or should readers find the supporting details first?
To make those all of that happen requires a teacher to plan lessons with purpose. Notice the following about our Mathematicians', Readers', and Writers' Blocks above:
I'm pretty sure I'm not teaching in the same style that my grandmother did (She also taught fourth graders.), and I am convinced that I work harder for my paycheck than she did. That doesn't discount the work she did; it's just an observation that it is no longer acceptable to open a textbook at 8:00 every morning, starting on the first page and working through it as far as we can by the last day of school.
I'm also certain that my students are not sitting in the same classroom that I did. Hey, we were all 10-years-old at some point, right? No matter how long ago you sat in the hard chair and leaned on your wooden (or formica) desk, today's classroom is different. Teachers no longer rely on wit and wisdom to navigate educational requirements; the newest buzz words ring (or is it, buzz?) in our ears during professional development days, such as the one we experienced Friday. We hear about self-regulated learning and visible learners. We establish learning intentions and success criteria. We collect evidence for specific standards, and we report on levels of mastery.
The challenge for me is that, admittedly, I have always stood at the Teaching Is More Art than Science end of the debate. I've always enjoyed the challenge of making things fit my personal teaching style, which I still fully believe is just as important as any of the current trends. I've always described myself as an eclectic educator, taking what makes my engine run effectively and leaving aside the things that will hinder my ability to transmit knowledge and skills to my pupils.
However, the 21st Century has arrived in a big way, albeit 15 years late. Now, instead of fitting things into my natural teaching style, I am challenged with fit my style to fulfill new requirements. That's easy to say, but harder to do.
With all of this, now comes a glimpse at some clarity. Some may see the four tenets of Joplin Schools (left) as a coming of age, a coming full circle, or as a return to uncommon sense. Others will see the tenets as yet another mandate from the top. In reality, we keep saying we can only do our best, but we can also increase our best efforts, can't we?
A switch is a handy, and energy-saving device to include in a circuit.
This lesson outlined the process for building a visible switch.
Now we can turn the lights off if we want to.
On the day after two Snow Days, we didn't have outdoor recess,
but we did step onto the porch for a quick picture.
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