I like it when posts like this are actually true
Zach Braff did an AMA on reddit a while ago and said the script would sometimes just say “Then Neil says something funny”
“Then Neil says something funny”
I love this show so much it hurts sometimes.
[Please tell me someone understands the Turk/JD reference!]
I put an encouraging note in a colleague’s mailbox today. I didn’t sign it so she can imagine it is from whomever she needs it to be from.
More from our morning board - I apparently forgot to take a picture of the whole board, but the quotation we discussed this morning was, “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.” -Isaac D’Israeli
I wasn’t terribly surprised that the kids had a little trouble wrestling with this one. Clearly, they had some great ideas about what it might mean, but they had more trouble connecting it to what we’re doing or what they are expected to do. That led us to talk about what something being an “art” means - and we came up with that art starts with ideas or inspiration that you have to have skills to act on or develop, and you also have to revise your product to improve it or get your ideas across better. They recognized that that cycle applies everywhere - in reading (you have to have a reason to read - your inspiration; you have to have certain skills to comprehend; you have to be able to make sense of those ideas and perhaps revise or build on them - or you re-read to make more sense or more deeply understand), in writing (the whole writing process), in science (the scientific method)… they recognized this as the inquiry process we’ve discussed all year. That was heartening. I’m not sure how long it will stick, but if we keep coming back to these ideas, I think we might get somewhere.
The last photo is of those big “GVCs” (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum) that my district says I’m accountable for. I had to figure out how to present those to kids in a way that is accessible for them. I think having them up, along with those guiding questions, will help us remember the whole purpose of this literacy/inquiry experiment. The GVCs are written in blue, and their annotations/rewording are written in the light blue. I’ll be interested to see if this does help us refocus our learning during our literacy workshop - I hope it does.
Today’s literacy workshop was a little shorter than usual; we spent most of the time we would usually spend in literacy workshop in the library doing research for our expedition projects. We only had about 50 minutes for literacy today, rather than the usual 90 minutes we have. I pulled a small group of students who I saw needed some support in generating specific enough questions to really be able to do the deeper thinking kind of research I need them to do. We tried to use the learning targets document I created to guide our thinking, but I am just not sure how that is working. I also think my kids just don’t yet have the experience to clearly articulate what they do when they read or research. It takes practice, right? I am realizing we need to really discuss how to talk about our thinking and reading — and since I have trouble doing that, I tend to feel muddled about teaching it. I’m pulling from a bunch of resources and am going to spend time this weekend really pulling it all together in my mind. Hopefully.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a shortened literacy workshop again because we are taking on the Hour of Code. The kids and I are extremely excited!
I’m not sure if anything about this post makes any sense, but I promised I’d post updates… so here it is. It’s my report card break, so I apologize for any nonsensicality that has occurred here.
I found this Go Talk template for free online tonight. I thought I would share it. I just got done making a couple of Go Talk pages for one of my students with autism. I’m so excited that I found this!
I really want to do my stretches but it’s hard to relax to the neighbour’s blaring Aerosmith.
Do I drown them in drone music in response?
obnoxious counter-music suggestions:
- spongebob squarepants youtube poop/ytmnd
Typing With a Cat on Your Arm:
Plural become sinflair. SPeling it not quit right. ATTack of a capital letter. “Tis a bit tricksey, my friends.
People get drunk
They hook up with the wrong person
And pretend to be okay
People act tough
And get mad
People will do anything to distract their heart.
They will do anything to distract it from missing someone.
—Distraction in its true form
"There were once three brothers who were traveling along a lonely, winding road at twilight…"
mum always said midnight
In my resource room where 30 students come in and out of the classroom daily, pencils go missing constantly. My students never have pencils, and have walked off with about 40 of my pencils in two months.One way to save time, money, and prevent student’s from walking off with Pencils is velcroing a pencil to each desk. They never have to search for a pencil, and they do not take them out of the class. :)
I may have to resort to this. The number of pencils my kids go through daily is insane.
This is genius.
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Hello, fellow educators!
In May 2012 I earned my bachelor's degree in English Education (5-12) and I currently work as a classroom paraprofessional at an elementary school. Follow me as I venture into the world of teaching: continuing the applying process, re-writing resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews! Most of my posts are education or English related. Occaisonally I find something I love very much or believe is very important, so I cannot help but share it!
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