Monday, October 14, 2013

Share Stations

Goodness I sure do love learning something new! I think once we stop learning- we should stop being teachers. So today, in a training in Texas I learned something new from a teacher.


It's an idea for student accountability- otherwise known as- "You better be doing what I told you to do" during Work Stations.

There is an identified share station each week- or I assume it could be a different one each day. It may be designated on the Work Board by a special S sticker or some kind of cute clip art on the rotation chart.  This just indicates to students that they will be SHARING their work at that Station with the class. Sharing means showing what they created/made/did etc. and perhaps being the students that also answer questions during the debrief; what did you like doing at your station? What did you learn while working at your station etc.

I love this idea for allowing kids to show and share their work. You can imagine students take their work more seriously when they know they are (or could be) at a SHARE Station in the week.

Thanks for the great idea Megan!

How do you hold students accountable for their work during Stations? Post your idea in a comment.


Top 100 Books! What's Your Number?

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently. It is a post fro the New York Public Library for the TOP 100 Children's books.

I scrolled through and added up how many I had read personally. I am kind of ashamed to say I'm only 45! Really?

Oh well. Scroll though yourself. What's your number?

In addition to your number, which ones were you most happy to see on this list?

I personally don't think this list would have been complete without:



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Creativity in Schools! We need MORE of it!

Y'all I am just amazed at this! I believe this child is smart for sure- but there is so much of this creativity in all kids. Like a diamond just needing to be polished. How can we encourage more of this in our schools? I want to find out!


October Currently

It's that time again. Time to link up with Farley for her October Currently. I'm number 290. Yikes! I've been 2 before... and probably 90.. but not 290!  It kind of snuck up on me this month. It's already the 9th... but what do they say? Better late than never.
So here goes.

Listening: Planes are so loud! It hurts your ears after a while. I'm headed to one of my favorite places... Texas! Going back to my old stomping ground at Region 12! I'm their keynote speaker in the morning. Big Lessons from Little Learners.

Loving: It is FALL in Virginia! Seriously! It's amazing! My favorite season and I am in jeans, boots, long sleeves. The windows can be rolled down. The leaves are starting to turn! Woo Hoo!

Thinking: I'm so late doing this. Oh well. If nothing else it is a chance for ME to be reflective right? A few moments of writing. It's worth it. Really cute design this month eh?

Wanting:  I'm so excited for this weekend. Now- don't make fun of me- but I am a scrapbooker. I can't paint- I can't draw- but I am a creative person and I get my creative on by cutting paper! I love to journal in my scrapbooks too and it is my guilty creative pleasure in life. So... what does any of that have to do with Friday night? On Friday night I will be at a retreat for scrapbookers- Friday night 9pm ish until Sunday afternoon! Yep! Me! I can't wait. The luggage was a little extra heavy this trip. Had to bring all my "stuff" for the retreat!

Needing: I really need to be a better blogger. I just have no time. I thought if I set a certain time for it, but that didn't work. I've been through the writer's block thing- that's not it. I have tons of stuff I want to write and share- I'm just too tired- or I'd rather catch up on DVR. Oh- and reading blogs? Haven't done that in I don't even KNOW how long! Poo.

Trick or Treat? It really is going to be a TREAT to be back at R12! I'm excited.