Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time Out for Potty Break!

I was fortunate to have bathrooms in my classroom, but I know some teachers haven't that luxury.

A friend of mine who teaches at another school came up with this ingenious silent signal so that her students could ask for a potty break without interrupting the lesson. All she has to do is give the student a nod, and the child can excuse him/herself. For those children who are very shy about verbally requesting permission to go to the bathroom, (especially in a room full of kids) I think this a quick, efficient, and face-saving use of the well-known Time Out hand gesture.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Study Break: School Sees Positive Difference Giving Kids More Recess

While some schools are packing the day with more classes, a handful are bucking that trend, trying to improve performance by adding more free time.

Reported by NBC News. Click here for the full report if the video does load below.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Graphing Idea - Letter S


1. What is your favorite soup?
2. Do you eat your soup with crackers?
3. Why do you like soup?


1. Do you own or have you ridden a skateboard?
2. Why are skateboards fun?


1. Where have you seen a snake?
2. Would you own a snake for a pet? Why or why not?
3. If you saw a snake outside your house, what would you do?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Graphing Ideas - Letter R


1. Name a story or book that has a rabbit in it.
2. If you had a pet rabbit, what would you name it?


1. What would you buy if you were rich?
2. How much money does it take to make you rich?



1. If you owned a robot, what would you make him do?
2. What are some good things about robots? Some bad things?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Using Pinterest Pictures in the Classroom - Unknown Art


1. How many different colors do you see?
2. What do you think this is a picture of?
3. Why do you think you can't see it clearly?
4. How would you fix this picture so you can see what it is?
5. If you could make your own picture like this one, what would you use? How would you do it?

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Benefits of Music Education


With so much emphasis being placed on math, science, and social studies, I felt it right to remind everyone of the benefits of music education.

Click the link here to this article on PBS.org that explains it so succinctly. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Graphing Idea - Letter Q


1. What would you do if your mother was a queen?
2. What is the best thing about being a queen?


1. If someone gave you a quarter, what would you do with it?
2. How many quarters do you think will fit on a teaspoon?


1. Quilts are used like blankets to keep us warm. What else could you use a quilt for?
2. Quilts use designs or pictures. This one is made of old T-shirts. Think of something different you could put on a quilt.