A chain blog? or Getting to know you better?

This is my professional blog where I do my best to post my reflections on learning. I don’t usually post anything personal on this blog. So if you are looking for a reflective post about teaching scroll to an archive. If you are curious and want to know more about me read on.

I was ‘tagged’ in a blog post by my dear friend Karen Lirenman. http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.ca/2013/12/thanks-tia.html I had just been warned by my husband that he was tagged earlier and he figured it was only time before I would be tagged too. Thanks Karen, my twitter twin for bringing me in the loop, I think.

11 Things you might not know about me.

1. I love to look at flyers. This is the most wonderful time of the year because I can sit back and look at all of the ads and see what kind of deal I can get.

2. I can bake a good pie.

3. At Christmas time, I make cookies. I bake continuously from November to the end of December. Gingerbread cookies are my best, but I’ve recently discovered a new recipe called Ginger Snap Crackle cookies. I usually don’t bake cookies at any other time of the year.

4. I was a gymnast and competed in the OFSAA. (Ontario finals in High School)

5. I’m a certified Gymnastic Coach. I coached for many years prior to going into teaching.

6. I have two twitter twins. One is exactly the same age, same years teaching and wishes she had a cleaning fairy too. The other twitter twin is another kindred spirit that lives in Philadelphia.

7. I have two younger brothers.

8. I like watching Days of our Lives. Yes, I watch one soap opera. It’s my way of escaping the day to day life of school.

9. I have twins.

10. I make homemade soup every Sunday. I package up the soup for lunches and freeze some for the following weeks.

11. I love reading mystery novels. James Patterson and Harlan Coben  novels are goodie, goodie books for me.

Karen asked me some questions. Here are my responses:

1. What is your favourite season and why?
I love summer. I need the sun. It fills my bucket. I love sitting and reading in the sun.
*2.  If you could travel any where, where would you go? Why?
I would like to go to Australia but I’d settle for anywhere warm.
3.   Runner or walker?
Walker
4.  What scares you?
The thought of losing my husband or children. I couldn’t bear that kind of grief.
5.   What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
I am proud to be a teacher. I feel like teaching has purpose and I make a difference in people’s lives.
6.  What have you been served, that you ate out of respect, but really didn’t like it?
Nothing, people usually ask what I like prior to eating at their homes.
7.  Water  or snow sports?
When I was younger it was water sports. Now it’s snow sports.
8.  Have you broken any bones? If so which ones? How?
My baby finger broke when I was young. My orbital bone and cheek bone were broken while playing a co-ed baseball game.
9.  Where’s the furthest you’ve been away from home?
Ireland
10. What is/are your comfort food(s)?
Popcorn and Sour Cream and Onion Chips.
11. What’s the biggest surprise of your life?
Finding out I was expecting twins.
So here’s the nitty gritty….

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

 

Here are the people I would like to nominate to answer questions. I apologize in advance for this, I know it’s a busy time of year but it’s a fun way to get to know our PLN. I’m modifying it to have 5 people and 5 questions. Please still provide 11 random facts about yourself.

1. Jocelyn Schmidt http://ljpskindergartenteam.blogspot.ca/

2. Colin Harris

3. Joanne Babalis http://ljpskindergartenteam.blogspot.ca/

4. Laurel Fynes http://thiskindylife.blogspot.ca/

5. Ann Marie Hulse http://kidblog.org/MsHulsesClass-2/

My questions to you.

1. What is your favourite picture book?

2. What is your favourite TV show and why?

3. If you could recommend one professional book what would it be and why?

4. Provide a recipe for a great Christmas drink.

5. What makes you tick?

So here’s the nitty gritty….

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 5 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

 

Post back here with a link after you write this. Go on, you have homework to do.

Shoe inquiry- design update

As you may recall, my students created shoes for our babies at the house center. The DECE  and I observed some very interesting things. We noticed the students struggled with the concept of 3D and many students made 2D (flat) shoes. They glued or taped the shoes right on the doll and couldn’t remove them. Over the last few weeks we have created some weaving and sewing activities. We have worked with groups to investigate fasteners such as safety pins, thread, wool, glue and tape. Today we provided another design challenge.
“It’s cold out. Our babies need some new items. What can you design for them?” Students immediately said, “mittens, hats, scarves, neck warmers and coats.” They quickly began creating items.

It was awesome to see how they had built up resilience over the past month. They all believed they could create something and they attempted it with confidence. We did observe one student who made a one sided mitten but otherwise all students created items that had a front and back and could slid on and off the babies. No one glued their items to the dolls. I was impressed with the sewing techniques of some of the learners. A few students choose tape because it’s faster. Almost all created items that could easily slip on and off the dolls.

The final products were not my focus. I was interested in how they processed the steps, what strategies they employed and whether or not their level of persistence had increased. I was delighted in what I saw today. It certainly reminded me that we need to provide formative tasks, figure out their missing pieces of knowledge, scaffold their learning with mini lessons, small groups and explicit instruction and then provide another task for students to attempt. I learned a great deal about my students through this process. Designing, building, creating and reflecting is so important for all of our learners.

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