Last spring while I was teaching 2nd grade, I was very upset with how cold and unwelcoming my classroom felt. I thought that if I could just save up enough money I could buy things like rugs, curtains, book shelves, lamps, pillows, and more books for my library. Unfortunately I was unable to really get what we needed/wanted, and then I lost my job. Well, I’m back in 2nd grade at AISD, and I really want to make my classroom the best that it can be!
I’ve decided to add a Donate button to my page. All donations will strictly go to my classroom fund. I will post pictures of all of the supplies I get for the classroom so you can see where your donations are going! It’s also my birthday in 2 weeks, so I thought this would be a great way for family to contribute as a gift.
The button is in the right column——————————————»»
But here it is as well so you can share it with your followers:
Just passing this along!
— Pre-K Grandpa introducing me to one of my new students
Some of my students raise chickens and get VERY excited about them.
One of my 5th graders.
Oi vey. Also, I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 18 and could pay for it myself.
- E. (a second grader): Miss PPT, WHAT do you when you have to go? Do you just pee your pants?
- Me: Well, what I do is... I walk next door and use the bathroom there.
This is the kind of thing we need to do: reach our students where they are, using what they understand. I’ll post it later. In the meantime, here’s something to think about: what kinds of lessons you create using social networking sites? Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, whatever. Brainstorm on that for awhile and let me know what you find out, k?
I think tumblr can be a GREAT tool for the classroom, I just worry about making sure inappropriate content doesn’t come across their dash. Have you found a solution to this?
- The day J. finally came to school without things in his pocket. Oh, how we celebrated.
- The day M. realized a black man was running for president, and that meant HE could be president.
- The first time G. sounded out a word, and we ran and showed every teacher in the building.
- When I didn’t feel well and K. told me to make sure I ate broccoli and carrots.
- The field trip, when my class collectively stopped on their own, to dance to the steel drum music.
- Watching Obama’s inauguration with my class, and they looked to me during every period of clapping so I could explain what was being said. That these little kiddos gave up their recess to continue watching.
- When A. connected what we were learning in math, to fantasy football.
- When B. stood up to a 6th grader for picking on her friend, used her words, and got a teacher.
- The first time M. read a book to her mom.
- The time I had to buy the groceries for L.’s family
- The look on T.’s face when I bought him some school pants that actually fit him.
- Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s while exercising.
- Jump Rope songs.
- Making boats and studying why they sank or floated
- When my students wanted to write letters to thank Rosa Parks
- When R. said he kicked butt at math, and to “bring it on”
- When my class beat the rest of the school in their martial arts tournament — and we were the youngest
- Y’s face when I really showed up at his basketball game, even though his dad did not
- Making sure H got the accommodations that were appropriate for his disabilities
- When my students learned that yes, they did live in Ohio, even though the name of their city was different
- Students at-risk of joining gangs, coming to my room in the morning to ask for advice, students that were never in my class
- The pride my students feel when we celebrate their progress
and so much more.
What’s on your list?