Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Song-osity: Automatic

What ever happened to waiting your turn, doing it all by hand?
Back before everything became automatic...

Last week, at the math conference, I saw a session in the program book entitled "Discovering the Answer: Combatting the Google Generation."

I teach the Google generation. The generation of Siri, "ok google," youtube, apps, and instant everything.

Right now, we're up to the next step in our Native American unit. Each child has chosen a specific research topic to learn more about. No longer are they taking notes from a specific book, with all the information clearly laid out.

Now, they have to find pieces of information in a larger book. The first few days I heard "but this book isn't about my topic!" - We learned how to use the index and table and contents and be patient while we searched for information.

Sure, we could have gone to the computer lab and answered our research questions quickly. But, I want the google generation to learn that sometimes, a little hard work and investigating is just as rewarding (if not more rewarding!) then simply asking google to tell you the answer.

Friday, we sat around the rug and each child shared what they've learned so far. I was blown away. Students explaining the ceremonies of the Iroquois, how the Pueblo built their houses, how the Cheyenne hunted the buffalo, to how the women of the Nez Perce cared for their children.

I told them, they worked for this information! They kept searching in books, that they now owned this information, and these skills will forever stay with them.

Google may be the easy option, but the effort is so, so worth it.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 17

The Good:
I got emotional on Marathon Monday as I stood in the rain watching some of the last waves of runners. They were at mile 24. Wet. Tired. But they kept GOING. Old. Young. Pregnant. Limping. Dripping. These amazing people kept going. You cheer their names and chant "you can do it" and then watch a runner pick up their pace and give a smile. It sums up what this city is about: together we can do anything!!

The Random:
Another teacher and I watched this video on a teacher website. Let's just say, we didn't see this coming and laughed SO hard! (video is about 40 seconds and makes it all clear!)

The Fun: 
Thursday was Yom HaAztmaut, Israeli Independence Day. 67 years ago, Israel became a country! We celebrated at school with dancing, singing, and fun activities. The 7th grade did an awesome flag corp routine with the Israeli flag to top it all off!


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Keys and Flags

We're still having pretty cool weather, but at least the sun has been out and it makes me think it's warmer outside.

My perspective:
Working on training for a 5K in June, afternoons, it's all about my feet on the ground, running.

Hi, my name is Tamar and I'm a mac.

Amazing spring quinoa salad I made for shabbat dinner - so so good.

Me an my amazing co-teacher on Yom HaAzmaut on Thursday.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

April Randoms v. 2

baby sheep...leftover snow...kensico dam
kiddush time...blue skies...red sox 
emerging croci...chipotle dinner...hopscotch math
multiplication bump...marker pyramid...math conference
downtown boston...commuting read...conference swag
conference selfie...pancake muffins...boston strong
jenny's bday...boston marathon...almost there
research notes...math games...dawn breaking
reading time...run training...flag parade

Six Word Friday
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

GF Pancake Muffins

Last week, my amazing blog friend, Gina at Kleinworth & Co. blogged a genius recipe using pancake mix to make pancake muffins (check it out here!). I instantly wanted to try it with gluten free pancake mix as a fun to-go breakfast.

Gina used a mix that only required water rather than also adding eggs and milk, etc. I found a similar GF mix at my local Whole Foods and set home to give it a shot as a new twist on a weekend breakfast.
Gina made her pancake muffins with white chocolate chips and blue berries. Since I can't eat dairy, I tried throwing in shredded coconut with the blueberries.

I followed Gina's simple recipe otherwise and was super happy with the result! I've never gotten any GF muffin I've made to poof up like this, so I was just happy with how they looked.
Taste? Amazing! I have loved having an easy to eat breakfast all week. I think I eat less than if I had made regular pancakes since I always have two of those, but think "one muffin is plenty" - win win!

Gluten Free Blueberry + Coconut Pancake Muffins:
(adapted from Kleinworth & Co.)

2 cups gf pancake mix (one that only needs water/milk like Cherrybrook Kitchen)
2/3 cup almond milk (or regular milk, I just can't do dairy)
2 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup shredded coconut

1) Preheat oven to 350ยบ and line or grease muffin tin
2) Mix the ingredients together.
3) Spoon into muffin tins and bake for 15 to 19 minutes
4) Let cool and enjoy!
 Little by Little
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Song-osity: Miracle

If every leaf on every tree, could tell a story...
 That would be a miracle...

I don't think anyone ever thought this would happen again in Boston. But after a week of seasonal temperatures, the city is coming alive once again.

The flowers finally know it's safe to reemerge from the now thawed ground.
The trees' blooms beginning to push towards the sky.
The new leaves, green and fresh.

After the harsh, long, and very white winter these new green sights make me grateful. Grateful for nature and the miracle that it truly is. In the depths on February I did wonder how the snow would disappear in time for a beautiful spring.

Well, by some miracle, nature is doing its job and I cannot wait to savor the sights.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 16

The Good:
The big NCTM math conference was in Boston this year, which meant we got to go. Shifra and I attended two days and it was fun going to sessions, hitting up the expo (free stuff!), and hearing all about the latest "trends" in math education.

The Random:
I have a marker fairy in my class. At least once a day, I find my white board markers in some formation...

The Fun:
We're spending the next few weeks on the various times tables for multiplication. I have a ton of fun centers planned to learn the facts in fun ways versus just drilling them. We even practiced our multiples by playing hopscotch!


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Chokes and Croci

From Above:
It's artichoke season, I love the pop of green amidst the purple leaves.

Drink of choice:
I may or may not be addicted to vitamin water...

One of my necklaces, tried some fun edits on it.

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics annual conference was in Boston this year - nice to have it local so we could go.

I found this:
It was so worth the wait, but I finally found these beauties emerging from the ground last weekend!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Random nephew pictures.

Just some too cute to not share snapshots of the little folks

playtime with Savti, Ronan is a pro at animal noises  -  morning tech time  
singing some songs  -  that face  -  taking a picture of his lovies

Little by Little
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


17 years ago today, my world was rocked when we leaned about my CAPD, hyperacusis, and tinnitus. 

It seems so long ago. Eons ago. Yet, the day and the subsequent fight to figure out who I was amidst the labels given to me that day is still so fresh in my mind.

17 years ago, I was a happy 10 year old. I lost some spark that day, but today am a strong bumblebee - flying against the odds.

Not much to say, it's odd to look back on this day, now, as a thriving adult. Yet, I need to mark it, as it is such a crucial part of who I am today.
Other CAPD reflections:
12 Years - which also means it's been 5 years since I graduated college!?

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