Summer seems to be taking its time showing up despite the beautiful weather we’ve been having. The salmon berry bushes are lifeless and show no new buds or growth. I did see a few that had some sad looking flowers on them but only a few. The spruce tips have yet to show up but… Read more Canning: Blubarb Jam and Dandelion Jelly
The school year is officially over. It is a bitter sweet feeling knowing this is pretty much the last time I’ll see these kids in my classroom. I will miss them dearly. FInals week was slow since there was a bit of down time once students were done with their finals but some students had… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 169-173
What an absurdly busy week while attending the Alaska FFA State Convention! Here I thought, “wow, a whole week away from school while my kids attend convention…I’ll be able to get a bunch of lesson planning done”…Boy was I wrong! Here was the general routine for the whole week 630 wake up call (that was for… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 144-148
Down to six more weeks left in the school year! This was my last week before heading off to Palmer for FFA State Convention! Next week will be a completely new experience for my students and I and we’re really looking forward to it! This week went by rather slow. I honestly woke up Thursday… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 139-143
Down to 7 more weeks in the school year! At the end of winter break it felt like the second semester would last an eternity. Maybe it’s because I was kept so busy with cheerleading (and Jay working with track) that the year is zipping by! The snowing, freezing, and thawing cycle seems to have… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 134-138
It’s been about 5 days since our little ducklings hatched and boy have they grown! They came out as these little, scrawny, incapable ducklings, and are now cute little yellow fluffballs! The process of seeing these ducklings hatch was rather eye opening for a majority of my students. Many of them had never held a… Read more Ducklings Hatching!
Done with week 9! What?? We only have 8 more weeks of school left and one of those weeks is finals week, so really, we only have 7 more weeks of instruction. Seniors are done two weeks earlier than all other grades so they only have 6 more weeks which means my classes will all… Read more Teaching in Alaska: Day 129-133
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
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.