If my classroom had a “living room,” this would be it. 💙 It’s my favorite spot in my whole room because I love watching my kids get comfortable and cozy here with books. I love seeing them sitting with friends chatting here. And I especially love watching them say goodbye to their parents through the window each morning. The reading window is “my” spot, the place that represents all the things I love most about teaching! Tell me, in your classroom, which area represents you the most? What’s your favorite spot?
Today I introduced the activities portion on the @seesawlearning app! And my kids are officially in love! ❤️📱word work, journals for math and reading and quick tickets out the door can now be done in Seesaw! ❤️📱
The girl on the left is super stressed, lacks energy, has a negative attitude, and is not particularly happy with what she sees when she looks in the mirror.
The girl on the right is only a little stressed (does stress every fully go away?!), has more energy, has a more positive attitude, is 10 pounds lighter, and it amazed with the progress her body has made in 7 months!
I was struggling with finding something that worked for me. I tried running, barre, spin, the gym, you name it! None of these options worked because none of them included a supportive community or the accountability that I needed.
Now, I workout 5-6 times per week. I eat healthier than I ever have. I’ve lost weight and I’ve gained muscle. I have a girl gang that supports me through my highs and my lows. I have best friends I have never met! I have people encouraging me to workout and holding me accountable with sweaty selfies! I have seen the impact in my teaching life, my personal life, my family life, and within myself. I love the person I am becoming and this is only the beginning!
Things are getting batty over here!! I used a great TPT pack for visuals in our bat cave and added some of my own. I always include real photos in my dramatic play so they can see it in real life. Inside the cave there are real photos and bat facts using bat vocab!
We are also reinforcing our coin identification by using our cash register! They will also work on problem solving, taking turns and writing their observations! Yay for intentional play!
What Schools Could Be really sparked my interest and showed me the urgency of how education has to change in order to properly prepare our students for their quickly changing future. Thinking of my own children entering school soon certainly gave me a sense of urgency to try to give them the best education possible. .
What I hear often is HOW do I do more student led projects and lessons. I don’t think there is or will be a curriculum for this because it wouldn’t be authentic if the kids aren’t interested or in charge of what they want to learn about. .
So I’m going to start sharing my journey and ways I’m starting to do more student led projects and work. My hope is that this sparks more discussion on this topic and encourages someone else to jump in and try something new. Our kids deserve it! .
Check out my IG tv 📺 video on where I started, what sparked a new mindset, difficulties I’ve ran into, and ideas on solutions to these speed bumps.
Bribing littles to eat healthy foods by getting a treat? Or dessert?
It’s something that is so easy to do, it almost feels natural to tell a kid
“If you eat one more bite of broccoli you can have ice cream”
“If you eat the rest of your chicken you can have a cookie for dessert”
But this is setting kids up for an unhealthy relationship with food by putting those treat items/desserts on a pedestal -
“It MUST be good if I have to eat this broccoli to get it”
1️⃣Serving dessert WITH your meal (in proper portions)
2️⃣Make the dessert/treat part of an event/outing- go out to get ice cream, take your cookies to a park- make it about the family and being together not about the food
3️⃣Don’t reward/punish with food ———
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