Monday, May 4, 2015

Star Wars Day 2015

As a Star Wars fan, today was one of the best days of the year.  This year, I have a group of kiddos that love Star Wars.  There are several students that are Jedi Masters when it comes to their Star Wars love!

Today we wore our Star Wars shirts and other gear.  Thanks to my teacher friend Nicole Grygar (@nicolegrygar) and some last minute collaboration, we had Star Wars themed lessons throughout the day.  I made Star Wars themed mixed-objective math cards.  Nicole made a QR code grammar activity.  For reading, we watched some great videos on cutting-edge robots and then read a wonderful article on the basics of robotics.   Science consisted of a pic collage activity in which students identified the different types of force.

To paraphrase Nicole, what other profession can you walk around with a light-saber all day?  Days like today are not only fun, but they bring life back to teaching.

*Special thanks to Nicole Grygar for being my partner in crime today and for the PicCollage example.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Why didn't I think of that?!?

The simplest ideas are always the best.  I was amazed when I saw the following tweet from @CCEcalderon:

I couldn't believe that the problem of signing out to go to the restroom had such a simple solution. No more paper and pencil.  No more kids having to figure out what time it is.  Also, the form could be modified to track kids leaving to the nurse or library.

Thanks Ms. Calderon!  I have already put this idea to good use!