Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodnight '09

It's Thursday and in just three days I will have to return to the classroom. I am nowhere near that "zone". I need to get there. Getting there also means I need to adjust and start somewhere other than where I left off. I do not like where I've been the last few months. There have been some good moments and I think my teaching has been very good, but it needs to be better. I want it to be better.

Despite the data-driven methods we are forced into using, I will regain the passion I began with. I have to. Because, if I do not, then it is time to get out. I have some ideas. I've mulled a few things over. I think tomorrow I will venture to school, enter my room alone, in the cold and the silence, and have a conversation with myself about my goals, methods, desires, and passion for this vocation.

I love that every January and again in August, I get to begin, again...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Grecian Art ~ sorta

By now you should know that I loves me some wall displays! I rarely have a bare wall. I think it is so important to showcase what my kids do, where they go, what they think and also how creative they are.

Part of our field trip was a an activity. The docent discussed the Grecian art technique of black on red painting and red on black painting. They created their own vases with designs and back in the class room I had them glue them to construction paper. I love how they look!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Field Trip

Our district has cut all field trips but I got mine in just before the cut. I'm so glad too. We went to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum in Shawnee, OK. It was awesome!

The museum is small, but just right for a field trip. Everything on display had a real high "WOW!" factor and my kids were blown away. I forgot my Nikon, but had the handy-dandy iphone. So please excuse the crappy photo quality.

Cuneiform writing ~ We read about this in our first civilizations unit.

Sarcophagus ~ A real one! The kids were so thrilled. But this was the big hit....

This is Tutu. A mummy in Oklahoma? Who knew?! The museum calls itself "Oklahoma's best kept secret" and it is. But I think the secret needs to be told. I am going back!

The docents were wonderful and even sent with me a huge tub full of posters, videos, lesson plans, books, and a game for me to use for the next few weeks. I'm so glad we got to go. I'm go glad I chose a true educational field trip. The trend for field trips seems to be moving towards frivolous things, fun, but certainly not educational. This field trip will carry over into the classroom for the next week and after the holiday break.