I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for Teaching again this week to reflect on the craziness that was Halloween week!
I teach at a STEM school so we try to implement STEM into everything that we do. We have specific engineering units that we use, but this week I wanted something quick and holiday appropriate. A friend of mine, Beth Turner, from Oklahoma sent me an activity that required students to create a free-standing mummy using newspaper, toilet paper, and masking tape. We upped the ante and limited the time to 30 minutes. I may have shot myself in the foot with that constraint because only 2 groups were successful. Wouldn't you know that my camera battery died before I was able to take pics of the finished projects. Here is the only pic of one that made it to the standing position.
I rolled out Google Classroom with my 5th graders a couple of weeks ago. It has been an amazing experience. Students are not required to complete assignments using Classroom, they may use the traditional paper pencil approach if they cannot access wireless anywhere, but it is an option. As I was sitting on my couch one evening monitoring Classroom, I ran across this comment:
Later in the week, students were discussing the use of dependent clauses in their own writing and asking for feedback from each other. Definitely made me smile!
I spent Wednesday-Friday at SC Ed-Tech in Greenville this week. It was exciting to see new technologies and network with other teachers who are passionate about technology. I was able to sit in on sessions by my PLC friends on Twitter and meet them face to face.
Friday night was Halloween and for the first time in 15 years, my husband and I lived in a neighborhood that had trick-or-treaters. We sat out on the front porch and watched some adorable little people come up and ask in precious little voices for candy. My favorite was the little dragon. I dressed up too. I love me a little Rosie!
That night, we went to bed to mild weather, but could tell it was getting cooler. When I woke up at 6:00 AM, this is what I found!
It was a great week here and I can't wait to get back to it with my kiddos. I missed their smiling faces while I was gone. I dread the pile of work that was accumulated while I was out, though. Looks like those Monday folders won't have as much in them because I didn't go back to the building on Friday.
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Have a great week, friends!