Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moved to Kindergarten

I'm happy and sad at the same time.  I'm new to blogging and am having to say "goodbye" to my junior posts and "welcome" to my kindergarten posts.  With that being said I guess a new fresh blog is in order.  I'm hoping to leave this blog dedicated to junior just in case I return, because in teaching you never know....

Thanks to all of you have followed me his far and thank you for all of the awesome ideas that you have shared with me!  Stay tuned for  my new kindergarten blog!  I wish you all a great school year for 2014-2015!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's a New Year!

Its been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened!  I really don't have an excuse for not posting more often other than the fact that being back to work after a year of MAT leave has been a routine that has taken some getting used to!  Like many of you, I have also been heavily involved in our PLCs which have been focused on orchestrating discourse.  Sounds like a mouthful and it is because it takes a lot of purposeful planning...something that has been easier for me because of all of you terrific bloggers.  So I want to take a moment and thank you all for sharing such fabulous ideas which has saved me loads of time.

Although I'm feeling silly behind in all subject areas, I feel like I have been doing a thorough job while also trying to learn about what has been most successful for my students.  They all seem to love our interactive notebooks.  I think they love the permission to use colourful markers to write their notes and also the foldable fun!

Anyways, there's lots to talk about, but I thought I would share an activity that popped into my head before Christmas, because it was my attempt at being creative!  It's not all complete, but hopefully, maybe someone can use it in their class.  It was for data management!  Check out the pictures below! I had the kids measure their foot size and their height as an introduction to scatter plots.  They also had to make a stem and leaf plot to record the data and calculate the mean, median, mode and range!   So we hit a lot of expectations that had already been taught.  Because it was Christmas I thought it would be cute to use a stocking to post the foot measurement in centimetres and our height on a gingerbread man.  As you all know, Christmas tasks need to be fun, so I let them colour it.  We didn't get it all done before Christmas, so I will post the scatter plot when we finish it tomorrow!  Can you believe we had three snow days in a row this week?  It didn't help my situation of feeling behind!

Here are the pics so far!

Such a cute little riddle that I found on huge internet to help member mean, median, mode and range.  I had them post it in their interactive notebooks!

Anyways, sorry for the Christmas stuff in January.  I am hoping that I will post more often in this new year of 2014.  I hope you all are enjoying your first week back after the holidays!