“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”—Carl R. Rogers (via rainydaysandblankets)
"Me: Reward you for behaving how you should? Yeah this is not Little League." *Sigh* But bad behavior gets rewarded too - with attention, and time out of class, and life lessons in how far you can go before you get in trouble. There's nothing out there for anyone who follows all of the rules. They always get screwed. They get nothing. This is the problem with school - even when you follow the rules and give 100% you get screwed. If you lie cheat and steal though, you can actually get ahead.
By reward this student meant a class party like the class next door was having. Not only does the teacher next door teach a different subject than me, but we also have completely different teaching styles and classroom management preferences.
I compliment my students, provide positive feedback throughout the period and conference with all my students each six weeks about goals, life and classroom expectations.
Of course the kid who is refusing to do his work and throwing a 14 year old tantrum is going to get a negative reward/reaction from me, but please understand that I am never satisfied with that moment. I am constantly analyzing “how could I have done that better” or “what should I have said different” because I am a first year teacher I know that I have plenty room to grow and if I’m going to recognize the problem I better be willing to aide in the solution.
If you and your experience have any suggestions please feel free to let me know I’m always up for learning ways to improve the environment of my classroom.
“This is about my someday daughter, already stung stained with insecurity begging, ‘Mom, will I be pretty?’ I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap listick and answer, ‘No, the word “pretty” is unworthy of everything you will be and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but, you will never be merely pretty.”—Katie Makkai (via sorakeem)
“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much.”—― David Levithan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (via sudss)
Not all of these ideas are directly related to education, but several of them are and those that aren’t seem like great ways to help you organize your life outside of school.
I really like the idea of using index cards as a way to help students arrange papers or stories. They can write down the various parts of their stories on different cards and then rearrange them until they’re happy with the story line (or until it makes the most sense). The idea of creating a life size board game is also very intriguing.
Another way we use these in my classroom is as “readers bookmarks”. For every chapter or section we write down important events, characters, literary elements, and discussion/bloom questions/answers. It helps the kids not get lost and allows me a check-point of understanding really quickly.
“Extremely useful as part of a New Technology in Science project. Students visited various museums/educational centres, recorded their experiences through video cameras and microphones. These images were them used with Pixton to produce comics.”
First I believe it has taken me so long that this is more around Day 20 than 12, but I’ll try to finish up these next couple of days. Oh the irony of summer, I’m more of a winter kind of girl and yes it has plenty to do with the joy of layering and a pesky allergy to the sun, but thank goodness this day can really take place during any season.
Good friends, now that we’re all spread out it would be a nice reunion, but new friends are more than welcome. At the lake, with a dock, fire pit going, grilling all sorts of goodies, everyone’s drink of choice, music and tons of laughter.
Every time we get together someone points out the we should have brought a sheet and projector for some film favorites, so I’ll throw that in as the cherry on top. This day last into the night, and possibly the next morning. Old stories are told, jokes are made, and at some point each person will look around and think, “they are my home”.
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest of hearts.”—The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (via triisu)