Archive | May, 2013

Drawing Together

10 May

While I was in the maternity leave substitute position, there was a day that I had no white paper for the students to draw on.  I had my wonderful TA Hiba go get some butcher paper for the class to draw on.  We moved the tables and taped it to the floor.  I set markers and crayons both out for them to draw with.  It was a sight to see.

The students were so quiet at first as they settled into the place they chose around the paper.

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The quiet did not last long as the students began attempting to write and draw many things.  Some of which had to do with out PYP Unit if Inquiry “How the World Works.”

This picture shows one student writing letters.  You can also see the picture that Hiba drew of a flower, per the request of many students.

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It was amazing to see the growth they had all made that would have been missed if I had given them something specific to draw.  This activity tops a coloring page any day!

 

Building Relationships

7 May

My sister sent me a link to George Couros’ blog.  I have not gotten a chance to look through his blog, but his twitter is amazing to follow.  George shared a TED talk that I felt summed up one of the biggest reasons I became a teacher.  The point… students don’t learn from people they don’t like. Click here to watch it.