Saturday, 18 February 2012

Simply for Your Enjoyment & Inspiration

Here are a couple of funny, fabulous, motivational clips (in my opinion!). If you haven't seen them (or haven't seen them lately), enjoy!

Sir Ken Robinson - Multiple Intelligences

"The Nothing Box" - Men's brains VS Women's brains - funny!
part 1
part 2 (& better picture)

And finally, just something silly - yet funny & true 
(Don't judge me for getting sucked into the fad of these videos! hehe)

Happy Long Weekend!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Social Skills, Class Meetings & Freebies!

.My very favourite part of being a classroom teacher is when we get together as a class, and have a class meeting. It is one thing that I will always do in my classroom, no mater what! We usually have our class meetings and social skills lessons together, at least once a week (plus the impromptu, emergency class meetings when something really big is going on between the kids - teachable moments are so important)! During one of my most successful class meetings, my kids and I came up with some problem solving strategies, and we made the poster above on (if you haven't checked the Wordle site out, you will love it! Great for mother/father day gifts, projects, displays.. & more!)

I always tell the kids that in our classroom, we don't create problems, we solve problems. The best way to do that is by having a discussion, and agreeing on a solution that adresses everyone involved. Class meetings are perfect for this! It gives a chance for everyone to have a voice, and for kids to learn from each other. Also, I truly believe that academic learning can not take off to its full potential if students are worrying and obsessing over problems that are hanging over their heads. It is astonishing to see how the kids succeed academically after their social and emotional struggles begin to improve!

My class meetings work like this:

We all sit in a circle on the floor, including me. There are very important rules during a class meeting (which is always what our very FIRST class meeting is about) and it is amazing how the kids really take these rules to heart. I choose a stuffy, or another object to be our "talking tool"... and it gets passed around the circle, beginning with me asking a question about the topic that needs to be addressed.  

Here are our class meeting rules:

Monday, 13 February 2012

The Liebster Award?!

Wow, it seems like ages since I last left a post (student-led conference time! BUSY busy..)! The other week, I got a great surprise! I am SO excited that Kara from Spedventures gave me the Liebster Blog Award! Wow! I am fairly new to blogging, so this is super exciting, and I am flattered to be nominated!