Sunday, December 15, 2013
Instead of constantly checking my Facebook, I have limited myself to checking twice a week. This is a #nerdlution that I plan on keeping. Facebook is one way to stay connected, but I don't need to be that connected. It is more important that I take the time to have actual conversations with those that I am closest too. Today I spoke with my brother and sister on the phone. I felt that I got more out of the conversations then I did with liking any of their posts. Granted, because of what we have posted over the past month, we had a starting point for the conversations. There was a commonality, and then we went from there and had a deeper conversation, which I am thankful for.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 2:22 PM
Monday, December 9, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Today one of my students inspired me. She had brought in a poster board with photos that she wanted to share with the class during Morning Meeting. When it was her turn, her face lit up as she shared the photographs and the stories behind them. She explained that it was a timeline of milestones of her life. During questions and comments, a fellow classmate asked why she created it and when did she do it. In my head I was thinking it must have been a project for a previous school year. She replied that she had just created it over Thanksgiving break and she just wanted to share it with us. It got me thinking about my #nerdlution- carving out creativity time. She didn't get stuck on making her poster perfect like I find myself doing when I write. She just created. In creating, she showed us what brings her joy. I am envious and inspired.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 5:31 PM
Preparing students for next week when we go see a production of "twas the night before Christmas". Today we tackled the poem by dividing into groups of three and playing a version of "I have...Who has?" It was wonderful to listen to the groups and watch as they tried to put the lines in order, helping each other out. The time spent gathering materials for the game was well spent after I heard a student say that she wanted to play it again.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 5:11 PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to shop for books for my students. From picking the just right book, to wrapping it in colorful paper with a poem attached, to watching my students as they receive their gift, each part of the gift giving process reenergizes me. For me the best gift to give is the the gift of reading. Each year judging from my student's reactions, reading is the best gift.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 6:25 PM
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
the faint sounds of chimes and running water playing in the background,
Nine third graders have claimed their spots,
Whether it be with a comfy cushion on the floor,
The teacher's swivel chair, or
Sitting at their seat.
Nine third graders with noses in nine separate books.
One teacher marvels.
Nine students have found their own good fit books,
Jack and Annie, AJ and Andrea, the teacher from the Black Lagoon, Ready Freddy, and Franny K Stein join the nine third graders with noses in nine separate books.
Whispering treasures found in those nine books.
Connections made. Check.
And when the timer signals an end to read to self time,
Nothing beats hearing the collective refrain of "five more minutes"
from the nine third graders with noses in nine separate books.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 5:38 PM
Monday, December 2, 2013
#nerdlution to carve out 30 minutes of "Creativity Time" each day, similar to the concept of tummy time. The purpose of tummy time is to engage, develop and strengthen muscles that would not otherwise be utilized while lying on back. It provides a different perspective of the world.
Feeling like that part of my spirit, creativity, has been dormant and needs to be reawakened. During creativity time, I could draw, write, doodle, think, connect, or appproach a task with the lense of how could I do so more creatively.
Posted by Mrs. Kelly at 8:03 AM