Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Song-osity: Everyday People

There's a blue one...a green one...
There's a yellow one... and the red one...

I am everyday people...

I'm now working in the general neighborhood where I live. In the 12 weeks since school has begun I have run into, or seen a student of mine, while I have been out and about.

Sometimes, the kids are excited and give me a huge "Hi, Ms. Benjamin!" while other times, they look mortified to see me outside of school. Usually you think that pre-school kids freak out about the concept that their teacher may live outside of the building, but 3rd graders can totally think that too!

It is actually really cute to see them try to think of me as a real person when school is done for the day!

The other day, one kiddo and I were talking about our shabbat dinner plans. I told her I was going to a friends house and another boy who was sitting by us went, "But, Ms. Benjamin, tonight when you get home, what will you do for dinner, like how do you get food tonight?"

I smiled and told him that I was a grown-up who lived alone and had to cook her own food, he tried to digest that one, and then went "oh so you have to cook your food, man that's tough!"

Yup. Teacher by day. Everyday person by night. It is cute to know that to these adorable kiddos, from 8 to 3:45 I am just Ms. Benjamin, their teacher.

*recycling a very old picture from college, all I could muster this week*
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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Good: The Random: The Fun: v. 47

The Good:
Over the weekend I made baked oatmeal. I kinda just winged it and it came out amazing. Served it up with some freshly made apple sauce (still going through apple picking apples!) and it was super delicious!

The Random: 
We started our study of the 50 States. We first checked to see how many we knew. Let's just say, I have plenty to teach. Also on the list of "no that's not a state" - ISIS, North Korea, Iceland, and Denver (yes, there is a football team from there, it's not a state!).

The Fun:
To wrap up our study of landforms, the kids worked in pairs and researched a landform and then they each got to make it out of clay. Friday we painted them (21 and 20 third graders + paint....). They did such a great job and they came out great!! Then I had to wash 60 something brushes, I am so not an art teacher!


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Coffee and Candles

Double shot of espresso anyone?

Friday means shabbat and a day to relax and rest, so needed after crazy weeks!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, so is Chanukah. Memories of Chanukah's past as this year's approaches. 

Busy Day:
So much to do, so little time!

Where I Stand:
Fall and boots in the park.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mt. Auburn at Fall

I was in serious need of some time with my camera and nature. I decided to go take a nice stroll through the Mt. Auburn cemetery and take in the fall scenes. 
It's so interesting, to me, to find peace and beauty in a cemetery, where each stone tells a story.
As I wandered around the monuments and stones, I suddenly thought about how these individuals last resting place has become an amazing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The hour or so of time I spent in the cemetery was quite good for my photographers soul. After a crazy week, this gorgeous place allowed me to step back, relax, and just be with nature, my camera and my thoughts.
I left, as the sun set, in a place where I felt grounded and relaxed. Such a beautiful place right in my neck of the woods.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Song-osity: Setting Sun

I got a pocket full of sunshine...
Take me for a ride...
I smile up to the sky....
I know I'll be alright...
I got a pocket full of sunshine...

This weekend, each day had only 9 hours and 47 of daylight. 9 hours and 47 minutes of precious daylight.

Having grown up on the east coast my entire life, I've always been able to see the sunrises. The gorgeous moment of the sun cresting over the horizon, greeting the day.

A true sunset, those I haven't seen in their gorgeous entirety.

So, as the sun set, I decided to make my way to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery tower. It has stunning views of the city and region and has the perfect view of the western horizon.

As 4:22 approached, I waited with baited breathe, watching the sun dip lower and lower. The golden light was gorgeous. The few other people who braved the chilly evening were equally in awe.

And in the blink of an eye, the sun was gone. A day over. The light fading fast.

We had a gorgeous sunny day, but those last few minutes of our 9 hours and 47 minutes of day light may have been the most stunning and special.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 46

The Good: 
We're halfway done with our teacher-parent conferences. With 41 students it's a marathon of a day! The first half went well, but a 10 hour day was long and this was one tired teacher the next day!

The Random:
Anyone remember "That 70s Show"? Well, I came across an actual Vista Cruiser there other evening! It's a boat...that runs on water man!

The Fun: 
We had a bit of snow Friday morning. More than the day of snow showers a few weekends ago, not enough to cause issues but enough to excite me!


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Salty and Sweet

In a Row:
This shirt is now part of my t-shirt quilt, but I sure loved this shirt when I was in middle school!

I tried this amazing salt in Oregon last year and was bummed my TJ was out of it for the winter. So when I found it this week, I bought 2!

Rabbi Saltzman keeps jelly beans in his office for the teachers. Some days I need a little sugary treat. 

Sitting Down:
 Nothing better then hitting the couch after I get home on Fridays.

Just because:
Just because nothing says fall and winter like chestnuts. And just because Wegmans spelled chestnuts wrong!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

November Randoms v. 1

watching mom...sweet picture...rainy day
sushi supper...morning coffee...script time
election day...i voted...civics lesson
low tech...fall leaves...landform learning
wet leaves...cheap(er) gas...red cup
chatty crackers...conference prep...frosty morning
newsroom returns...good coffee...conference day
exhausted teacher...fashionably wrong...research time
black outfit...my view...vista cruiser

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Non-fiction can be fun!

We began our non-fiction unit this week. Usually this elicits a massive amount of groans from the masses. Which I always find odd since half of the time during individual reading time they are pouring over non-fiction texts...
Anyway. We began by making this anchor chart with the text features we most often encounter ina text and how they can help us. As we did this we talked about how fiction may or may not have the same features.

Then, they made venn diagrams comparing fiction and non-fiction, which as one kiddo remarked "this is hard I thought they were SO different!" - well put!
Then, later in the week, we used our Time For Kids subscriptions to go on a "Non-Fiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt" - they read through the issues looking for a variety of features and noted how they could help you read the text. 
They thought they were having fun reading magazines, but they were actually really engaged in the "hunt"! Next week, we start non-fiction reading groups, which I actually prefer over fiction reading groups. Hopefully they'll learn to love non-fiction too!
Little by Little
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Song-ograhy: Perfect

It's the perfect time of year...
Try to see the world beyond your front door...

Right now, in writing, the kids are writing opinion pieces responding to the question: "which season is the best, winter, fall, summer, or spring?"

As I've modeled strategies in our mini-lessons, I've tried to use my own ideas about each season, to be unbiased. But then, I realized, as I sat with all the kiddos conferencing on their writing and hearing the reasons that support their opinions, that I truly love every season. They're reasons reminded me why I love living in Boston: 4 distinct seasons.

But, for now, it is fall. Full blown fall. And I am in love. The leaves are colorful and blanket the entire area. The sun sets early and as it does it's painting the sky in the most amazing colors, and those red cups are back putting the holiday cheer into the air.

I just all the seasons, but right now, this is the best time of year!

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