Fifth graders talk about their identities as learners in a classroom community. They discuss the fact that everyone in the community has different needs and that is okay, and that they may have different experiences of the same thing, and that is okay. And, that if are able to communicate their needs as learners, in a classroom where the goal is to learn together, then they will all be better equipped to help community members meet their needs and have their own needs met.
Today is one of those days that I know I have to pull the magic tricks out of my hat. 🎩
This kid has days when “school stuff” just isn’t going to happen... at least not without tears, meltdowns, and lots of regret from all involved. 👎🏼
I pulled this little gem of an idea out of the dark depths of my brain. 🧠
1. I found a bag of a bunch of words written on clothespins.
2. I scattered them all over the sidewalk on our cul-de-sac.
3. I challenged him to ride his bike around to collect words that he could put together to form a sentence.
4. He had to ride back to me with the clips and read his sentence.
There is no way he would’ve just read words and thought about how to put them together in sentences just sitting at a table inside.
No, he didn’t claim that it was his favorite thing ever.
No, he didn’t proclaim, “Oh Mom! I love this!”
No, he didn’t ask to do this all day.
He DID do it willingly and managed a smile of two.
He DID feel accomplished and successful.
He DID see the value in practicing some reading skills.
He DID feel me meeting him where he was in order to facilitate his learning. -
So proud of #alytuason for being part of Annie jr production in school! The right school is really important in your child development and happiness. Don’t be dictated by tradition and what other people expect. Each child is different. We are very happy that you are now engage with Life and school! cheers to you! #differentlearners#progressive
Totally lovin’ all the different strategies we had going on in small group today! 🙌 Do you have any awesome multiplication or division hacks?! I still have a couple students who haven’t fully grasped it yet!! 🤷♀️
Shoutout to our horticulture teacher and to our high school students who turned this bureau into a beautiful desk for me!! Our students our so lucky to be able to take such a hands-on class and get to learn so many “real life” skills and trades. And I’m so lucky that I get to benefit from their lessons!
Our Adaptive P.E. teacher has set up a “sensory walk” for the kids and they are loving it!! Each bucket is filled with something different (river rocks, flour, dyed water, water beads, bubble wrap, sticks, shaving cream, and another bucket of dyed water) and the kids step from one bucket to the next. The students said they liked the different feelings of going from hard materials to soft. They said their favorites were the water beads and the shaving cream and that the “soft” buckets were calming. • Have you done a sensory walk before? What materials did you use?
I want to remember today. The sitting down with a Sister who is walking the same mine filled field as I am. That while we both undertake this beautiful journey of teaching our children, we also endure the battles of different learners. It’s therapeutic to sit down with someone that knows all too well the tears shed, the days blown, the days where you just want to hide in a closet, and so fully, so completely love every centimeter of that human and would traverse the world to get them what they need to be able to thrive. I want to be her champion. As hard as the hard moments and hard days are, I want nothing more than for her to know that I will never stop knowing she can. With her little thumbs up and mine in return, she will overcome all obstacles because not a day goes by that I don’t doubt that God made me her mother and called me to be her teacher for a reason. We walk this field hand in hand. And oh it’s so encouraging to know that there are others out there in the trenches with you. This tench has a long table where “me too” is understood. #overcomingspd#differentlearners#homeschoolcollective#charlottemasonearlyyears#charlottemasonirl
As a social-emotional teacher, it is so easy to get caught up in the redirecting and behavior management. I had a moment today that reminded me how important it is for us to acknowledge even the “little things” because those compliments may be the first positive thing that that student has heard about themselves in a while! • Did your student go an entire class without any redirections? PRAISE THEM! Did your student go an entire day without shutting down?? SHOUT TO THE MOON ABOUT IT! • It’s possible that the more we acknowledge these baby steps, the more likely our students are to continue these steps in the “right” direction. And even if they don’t, it is still important to give praise where it is due!
Today we held a couple of experiments to continue learning about physical and chemical changes. The kids were totally engaged and had a fun time seeing the different changes. Especially when I melted through multiple plastic cups with pure acetone 🤦🏼♀️!
What better way to end this first week of school than a little Follow Friday!! Follow these teachers for great ideas and awesome content! • Was this your first week of school too?! If not, how long have you already been back?
It’s finally back to school for me tomorrow! I’m excited for all the changes that have happened for my program this school year and I’m definitely excited to see my kids. Now here’s hoping these butterflies let me fall asleep!
Pictured from left to right is Mrs. Alixann Narcisse-Campbell (NAZ Founder) along with two of her dearest friends,
Miss. Natasha Parchment -Clarke and
Miss. Natalie Morris. They were panelists discussing the topic of ‘Developing a spirit of Volunteerism’ The NAZ team enjoyed the hour spent discussing why and how we serve the community. Each participant was challenged to dig deep to find ways in which they can serve more.
An hour very well spent.
Finishing up this order of weighted sensory pillows just in time for the start of the school year! This order contains two 5lbs and two 8lbs pillows! • Message me for details on getting some for YOUR classroom!!
Why yes, I did purchase this 5.5 ft long outdoor cushion for my reading area. Yes, it was already 50% off and YES I got an additional 10% off because there are a couple marks at the very top of it ☺️ • Ya girl is PUMPED about her Home Goods find!
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar”. - Helen Keller ✨
As we slowly begin to prepare for School again, part of me wants to send this quote to his teacher. As a bit of a hint, as a bit of a reminder and as a bit of knowledge. He has always been the learner who appears on the outside to be lagging behind in certain skills - starting with talking - but he is just quietly working it out in that vast think emporium of his until he has mastered it and then? Then out it comes with a Bang! And he’s soaring ahead. It’s how he learns. It’s not in the conventional way “they” say it will happen in the parenting books, it’s not the conventional way teachers are taught to teach, he may not be able to show you the steps that lead him to the answer in the way you want to see it. But, once he’s figured it out, I assure you he’ll have the answer. And maybe more. No one can see our child the way we see them, their wholeness, their truth. But hopefully, with the right words and actions and a little bit of heart and a whole lot of openness, we can help lead them there. ✨
If you haven’t already, go watch @makingastatementinsped story from today. She talks about the negative side of people cold-messaging people about joining their fitness programs. • There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a part of a team all working towards the same thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to help other people achieve the same goals as yourself. Let these people reach out to YOU if they want to join! Let it be their decision! • If you receive messages of people asking you to join their teams, don’t let that be a reflection on yourself or your worth. You are enough. If you want to join them, go for it. If you don’t, that’s great too. Whatever you do, let it be your idea and your decision. • 🎨: @stacieswift