Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Scoop & a Little Catch-Up

I'm linking up with the fabulous Teaching Trio (Kristen, Juliet, and Cassie) today for their weekly Sunday Scoop.  Check them out by clicking above.  It's been a few weeks (o.k. months) since I last posted.  I have to say that this year has been particularly hectic in the classroom.  I have a group of students who need lots of love and attention, and it's been a little bit challenging balancing work and home life, which is the reason for the drop in my participation in the blogging world.

But here I am back again with a few little updates and catch-up posts.  December (I know, I know it was a while ago) is one of my favorite months of the year!  It's such a special time with family and in the classroom.  Here are a few highlights from the month.  One of our favorite days is our celebration of Polar Express Day.  We continue to add more and more to the event each year.  (*gotta love how teachers do that)

We found a great Polar Express unit that integrates elements of drama into the unit from our fantastic Drama Teacher (a.k.a. specialist).  The students created soundscapes and the physical elements of the train.  The first year we began by creating the front door of the train and now both of my teaching teammates have added a door of the train to their classroom.  One classroom is set up as the dining car, within which we have parent volunteers run.  They can visit our photo booth (with green screen and props), hot chocolate station, and reindeer food making station.  We create tickets and give them each bells at the end of the day that say "Believe".  This year we even found train tracks from Oriental Trading that we put on the floor outside the classroom.  The picture quality isn't amazing, but it gives you an idea.  :)  Check out my Polar Express Unit here for more ideas.
On Grinch Day (I know many of you celebrate out there), we worked on a few fun literacy activities, but this year we added a social/emotional component.  The Grinch (below) started out with a heart that was obviously two sizes too small, but the students were responsible for making his heart grow.  They did this by reporting or identifying kind, loving, or caring things they had done for someone.  Check out the Grinch freebies in TpT store here.  :)
 I have a few more pics I'm collecting that I'll share next week, but thought I would leave you with a few thoughts that will hopefully encourage and inspire you as it did me.  I continue to learn that the more and more we take care of our "teacher selves", the better teacher and more importantly human being, family member, etc we will be!  :)  Here's to a balanced week for everyone.
 I wanted to share an inspiring set of quotes from a book I try to read every so often.  Hopefully it will encourage you as it did me.  I wrote the note "Rise, Rise, Still I Rise" next to it, which is an excerpt from one of my favorite poems by Dr. Maya Angelou, because these verses reminded me of that poem.
Feel free to watch Dr. Angelou read it herself.  Always inspiring!

1 comment:

Teachers Resource Force said...

Hi Laura, great post! I especially enjoyed the positive quotes: Maya is so inspiring indeed! Have a great week!

Teachers Resource Force