7–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:10 a.m. Travel to Classroom Location
8:30–9:30 a.m. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments Examine the Emancipation Proclamation and determine why it was insufficient to end slavery. It continued the process of freedom and equality for all but did not “solve” the problem. The Emancipation Proclamation opened the door for later legislative and executive action.
9:30–10:30 a.m. Meet a Person of the Past: Jenny Joseph Meet Jenny, an enslaved woman freed by the Thirteenth Amendment. Discuss with her the hardships of life in the post-emancipation South during Reconstruction.
10:30–10:50 a.m. Break and Reflection Time
10:50 a.m. Donor Recognition
11–11:35 a.m. Teacher Collaboration Time You know your students best! Work with other teachers to identify ways to use the Institute materials, content, and strategies in your classroom.
11:35 a.m. Graduation
12:00 p.m. Departure
Exhausted at the end of the week, Saturday is departure day. If will be a bittersweet time, filled with leaving Virginia and arriving back on my home soil. Yet, even on this day, there is some programming planned that will enrich my ability to reach students and assist other teachers.
As we are in the midst of state testing, I thought I should repost this from a few years ago.
A million assessments - whether formative or summative, whether pretest or posttest, predictive or summative, common or unique - cannot give a complete picture of a child, adult, or anything in between. I constantly remind myself that our children are more than numbers on a data document and much more than a line on a graph. Educators are in the business of inspiring human beings to want to improve themselves; we should not be in the business of plotting points and constraining students to a single position on an assembly line. I do not believe all students are the same, like the same things, or are motivated in the same manner. On that note, you might enjoy the accompanying video below.
Peter H. Reynolds, creativity advocate and best-selling author and illustrator, and co-founder of FableVision Learning, has created a new animated short called The Testing Camera — a whimsical poke at high-stakes, standardized testing and a reminder that real assessment is as easy, and — at the same time — as challenging as getting to really know the gifts and talents of every child.
Before heading inside the Joplin Museum Complex, last week, we ate lunch in Schifferdecker Park.
The wind was a challenge, but we survived.
Soon we headed to the historical and mineral museums.
There are some interesting sculptures and markers outside the complex.
On the way to the front of the museum, we caught a glimpse of debris from
the 2011 EF5 tornado that swept through our fair city.
As a quick follow-up to last week's presentation about the event that occured on April 19, 1995, students worked through a packet of pages to help them visualize the building and the people attacked 27 years ago.
Some wanted to color the Murrah building while others decoded the message of thanks for responders. Still others pondered the list of names and the placement of the chairs at the memorial.
we are striving not to teach youth
to make a living,
but to make a life.”
(William Allen White)
In fact, I wondered if I could actually present the virtual sessions and speak to park rangers from some of the parks themselves. George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, is an obvious choice, being the closest to our location in the Joplin area, so I put it on the list. It would allow me to showcase one of the smaller, lesser-known of the national treasures.
We're still on the lookout for two more parks, but plans are starting to come together for this summer's History Camp. The camp will be available for students entering the third through fifth grades.
7–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
A hearty welcome is extended to the newest member of the Hoggatteer family: MALACHI.
MALACHI has been in our school before but has returned from another town in Missouri.
MALACHI, our wish is for you to feel at home in our classroom,
to feel at ease with making mistakes,
and to desire to constantly challenge your abilities.
Our fourth grade classroom is happier with you in it.
...to a student who has moved and left our class and our school. The class will miss getting to see MADISON everyday, and we will miss getting to see her develop during the remainder of her fourth grade year.
April 19, 1995. Twenty-seven years from today.
Twenty-seven years ago, a young man named McVeigh parked his rented moving truck on the street behind the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Inside the truck, a bomb would soon detonate and change the lives of countless people.
One hundred sixty-eight people dead.
I taught second graders just four miles away. We heard the explosion. We felt the concussion. We experienced the emotions.
Confusion. Fear. Confusion. Twenty-seven years ago.
I will relay my story - my personal experiences with the 1995 terrorist attack - today. My experience with being the one responsible for leading the school into a red alert, locking the outside doors. My wife's experience of holding the one-year-old who was famously photographed in the firefighter's arms. My grandmother's experience of panic, thinking "they" were "blowing up Oklahoma City".
It is a history that needs to be remembered, studied, and learned from - one evil act counteracted by hundreds of thousands of generous responses in return. This, like Joplin's response to the tornado in 2011, was a defining moment - a moment when we found out who we were. In Oklahoma City, they call that response "The Oklahoma Standard".
We will look at my pictures of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, today. I'll take our fourth graders inside one of the best museums I've ever experienced.
I like to keep track of experiences in my life, and that includes my experiences in flight.
By my count, that's 17 airports during 11 trips, only one of which I actually paid for. Through these years, I have been privileged to take most of my trips as a result of earning them through an application process or being assigned trips for work. All of these have been rewarding in their own ways.
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