This was the last week before Spring Break! Holy Moly did the time go by fast! I remember coming back from christmas break and being like…oh my goodness…there is so much time until spring break! But the time FLEW by! I don’t even know where the time went! Somehow Aurora will be 3 this month… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 119-123
The week after my sickness was a pretty decent week. Most of the time was spent backtracking to reteach what wasn’t taught while I was absent. Unfortunate, yes, but a reality of having a substitute teach your classes. Daily Posts for week 9: Day 114: It was nice that my students missed me while I… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 114-118
Sigh….The best laid plans of mice and men….This week was supposed to be a GOOD week….granted, I guess things could be worse (things can always be worse) but I was not expecting this. Monday I woke up with a slight sore throat. Ok, no big deal. By lunch time I was starting to realize it… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 109-113
This was an awesome week with only three days of instruction and two days of inservice for teachers. This was one of the most productive inservices I’ve been to yet. We had a lot of building time to discuss items that needed addressing as well as department time to work on unit scales. I attended a variety of sessions such as
- how to incorporate games into the classroom
- using inquiry based instruction
- project based learning
- using PE as a form of RTI
- effective classroom management skills
I learned a lot and already started to incorporate some of these techniques into my classroom. Other things that came up were items like fidgets and fidget boxes. These items are there to help students self regulate and/or calm down if they need to. Overall though, it was a pretty awesome inservice!
Daily posts for week 7
Day 104: I really think that hands on learning is the way to go!! Learning about soil texture and the components of soil. We also played with my composting red wiggler worms.
Day 105: This is how we roll. Field trips Alaska style.
Day 106: Day 106: Nothing like getting your hands dirty. My students separated our worms from their compost and fed them culinary kitchen scraps. Some worms were sacrificed to feed the biology classroom Axolotl. The compost will be used to amend our sandy loam soil for spring planting.
Day 107: I am truly amazed at the wonderful ways my co-workers teach, implement new techniques, and keep our students engaged.
Day 108: Kinsey, it was super fun playing with mealworms with you…. in case everyone was wondering, they move slightly less when placed on yellow paper.
This week was incredibly long. It could have been some last minute lesson planning on my part, having parent teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, some late nights with the kiddos, or the fact that I started out the week by realizing I had lost misplaced my keys on Sunday. Luckily I had just left them… Read more Teaching in Alaska Day 99-103
I love having Aurora help me in the kitchen. Sometimes. There’s times where she just wants to mess with everything on the counter tops and not actually do anything but make cooking more difficult. But she really wanted to make her breakfast so here’s a video of Aurora cooking her own eggs, start to finish!… Read more Cooking eggs with Chef Aurora
Enjoying the sun in Kodiak, Alaska and walking the docks! Had a great time watching the sea otters, and aurora got to learn about sea anemones and barnacles.
How is it February already?! This was, overall, a pretty good week. We did group presentations on Alaska’s biomes and we’ve learned about how to classify various species of fish. It’s been an exhausting week running a week long cheer camp. Our little campers will perform today, Friday, at our Varsity Basketball game. It was… Read more Teaching in Alaska Day 94-98
What a fun filled Monday! Today was thoroughly entertaining in more than one way! Most of the morning students finished up their group presentations on Alaska’s Biomes: The temperate rainforest, the Boreal Forest (or Taiga), and the tundra. A few kids had to take a quiz that they missed on Friday but most were working on… Read more Teaching in Alaska Day 94
Nothing warms a cold Alaska night like a big bowl of hot chili! We’re not particularly fond of beans so we do a mock-texas chili with no beans. You can use any ground meat actually but since we live in Alaska we have a freezer full of ground venison for last hunting season. This recipe… Read more Keto-Paleo Venison Chili