Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
As I’ve mentioned I teach at an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. For a majority of teachers that I’ve met, the IB is something they have heard about in passing but have little understanding of what makes it differ from their experience within the public or charter schools system.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Last March I taught at a Title 1 school in Albuquerque, NM. It was a different life and the approach was a world away from what goes on in my classroom today. But the content of the little things we did is still the same. So as we near March (Dr. Seuss Month in my class) I thought I would repost this to my teaching blog. It was on my personal blog last year.
I plan to do the same activity with my kids this year. We will do it with our book buddies and each child will read their favorite Dr. Seuss books. I'm in the process of creating a new Dr. Seuss Literacy kit and hopefully will have it posted by Monday.
Have a great weekend all!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Another tool that I use to encourage reading is by making it a priority in our Literacy work. In our class we try to do centers every day for 40 to 60 minutes. Each child has a center checklist that they complete throughout the week and turn in on Friday. The best part, in my opinion, is that they are learning to work independently and to be responsible for their work until it is turned in at the end of the week. Two key attributes of the PYP learner profile...independent and responsible. =0)
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
It's been a long time and I'm embarrased to say that I don't have a proper excuse. The holidays came and went and the first 5 weeks back are almost over. In our class we have been working on our third unit of inquiry; The Solar System. We have had such an incredible time working together to make connections and gain knowledge. The kids have been expert inquirers. In fact they are asking more questions than I know what to do with. I refer them back to books and the internet on a daily basis and ask them to come back to class and share what they have found.
Our lines of inquiry are:
1. The characteristics of the Solar System
2. The movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon
3. Earth compared to other space objects
4. Exploration of the Solar System
I was surprised that my kids knew so much about the solar system to start with. We made sure to record exactly what we knew before starting. Next we discussed what we wanted to learn about and let that guide our inquiry lines.
The connections that are happening and the action that is taking place have really been exciting to watch. One student brought her telescope to class while others have brought literature and news clippings from home.
Here are some pictures from our wonderful unit.