Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Description: Mr. Peabody is the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, who one day finds himself ostracized when rumors spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thanks to Heather from Adventures Across a Sea of Blue for giving me the "Honest Scrap" award! I love getting comments from readers and get extra excited to find out that my readers want think my blog is worthy of awards! How fantastic.
- Thank the award giver
- Link back to the award giver
- Name 10 things about you that people may find interesting
- Nominate and link up to 10 other blogs for this award
- Comment on each blog to tell them about the award
- I moved to Germany 10 days ago with my husband.
- I speak spanish (well enough to do some parent teacher conferences with spanish speaking families, but would love to become more fluent).
- When I was born the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck.
- I want to write a book (soon!)
- I was accepted to a doctoral program back in the US and am trying to figure out a way to still make that happen from Germany.
- I love to read but have terrible reading comprehension.
- Since graduating college I have been a nanny, a preschool teacher, and a first grade teacher. I am now a TA in third grade at an international school.
- In college, I worked at a store called Hope's Cookies in PA and ate my fair share of free ice cream.
- I broke my husband's heart in college, but I married him so I think I redeemed myself!
- I am terrified of amphibians, but not reptiles.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
- Chain or Circular Stories-Plot is interlinked so the ending comes back to the beginning such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and others by Laura Numeroff
- Cumulative Stories-Each time a new event occurs, all previous events in the story are repeated such as Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham or The Little Red Hen told/written by various authors
- Familiar Sequence-Organized by a recognizable theme (counting, days of the week) such as Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendack
- Pattern Stories-Scenes are repeated with some variation such as the Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
- Question and Answer-The same or similar questions are repeated throughout the text such as Whose Mouse are You by Robert Kraus
- Repetition of Phrase-Word order in a phrase or question is repeated such as Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
- Rhyme-Rhyming words, refrains, or patterns are used throughout the story
- Songbooks-Familiar songs with predictable elements, such as repetitive phrases such as The Farmer in the Dell
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- very limited refrigerator space (it's about the size of a dorm fridge)
- no freezer space
- 2 burners
- 2 small pots
- 1 small frying pan
- 1 spatula type utensil
- 1 small cutting board
- 1 small knife
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- Round robin reading does not allow participants as much time to read--Some students process little text unless it is their turn to read. (I had a group full of wigglers who had a hard time paying attention--what did they actually gain from round robin reading?)
- The entire group may read a story, but each individual may only read a page or two--Consider that it may be the only page or two he or she reads all day.
- Round robin does not lend itself to the development of effective, efficient, and independent reading strategies--Aren't these exactly what we want to develop?
- Round robin reading typically focuses on correct pronunciation which can interfere with comprehension.
- What would you like to tell me about what you've read?
- Do you have any confusions about what you've read?
- What have you been wondering about as you read this?
- How did you decide to read this?
- What kinds of things have you been wrestling with as you read this? How have you solved the problem(s)?
- If you had a chance to talk with this author, what would you talk with him/her about?
- What do you plan to read next? Why?
- Does this make you think of anything else you've read? (text to text connection)
- Why do you suppose the author gave this book this title?
- What parts of this book have you especially liked? Disliked?
- Do you like this more or less than the last thing you read? Why?
- Is there anybody else in our class who you think would enjoy reading this? Why?
- Did you skip any parts of what you have read? What? Why?
- What is the main thing the author is saying to you?
- Why do you suppose the author began the way he/she did?
- Would you like to be one of the people in this? Who? Why?
- What other texts by this author have you read? Are the other texts similar in any way to this one?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I was supposed to post this yesterday, but we were packing all day, so I am a bit late. I am very excited to participate in Jen's idea of a teacher swap because I think one of the best things about being a teacher is collaborating with other teachers and sharing ideas!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009