Monday, March 16, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 2.11

The Good:
I tried an idea I found in a teacher magazine this week and it was AMAZING. In stead of each child answering a list of questions (we were pre-assessing our knowledge of a new topic) and us going around answering them, each table was assigned a question. Each table member, had their own post-it note and answered the question on their own.
Then, as a group, they shared their answers and came up with the best possible answer. One group pulled out our white boards and worked on drafting an answer with the strongest parts of each of their answers, even throwing away the post-its once they had read that one off and added it to their answer!
May be one of the best teaching moments this year!

The Random:
Yes. I am this geeky, to capture this once in a lifetime pi day occurrence.

The Fun:
So. I got the stomach bug thing that is going around (not fun. at all.). But out of germs comes good. I discovered "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. Seriously. Laugh out loud funny. Go. Binge. (Did I mention Carol Kane is in it - amazing!)


19 thoughts on the matter:

Unknown said... {Reply}

I JUST saw that show on my Netflix this morning.... This is clearly a sign I must watch it!!
-Nicky @ awesomeville

4 Lettre Words said... {Reply}

Oh, I didn't see that show in the line-up. Must check it out! Hope you're feeling much better, too.

Nicki said... {Reply}

I like that teaching technique, it takes a group approach but still involves individual input (so often absent in groups when the stronger students assert themselves and less assured students shuffle to the back). Pi day - yep, you got it down. Glad you are feeling better, don't know how we ever got through viruses without Netflix, but so glad it is here now.

Claudia W | ImagesByCW said... {Reply}

I really like your geekiness :)

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

Tamar, I hope you are feeling like your old self again. I'll certainly check out that show on Netflix. I can surely use a good laugh now and then. I do love the "teaching moment"; that is so exciting and creative. Kids do appreciate making learning interesting and not just doing things by rote. Have a wonderful new week.

Linda Kay said... {Reply}

Tamar, always excited to see children learning in a really positive environment. God bless.

Leovi said... {Reply}

Yes, it really is wonderful teamwork! Great photos !!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

Awww- seems all sorts of things are floating around. Hope you are feeling better now!!!

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

Glad you are on the mend and back to class! I started watching Unbreakable KS on Friday night and am halfway thru Season 1. I'm loving it, too. However, I can't get the opening theme song out of my head. ;)

abrianna said... {Reply}

They sure do look like they had fun. We were missing quite a few folks last week ourselves, due to illness I think. Glad you had something to entertain you.

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21 Wits said... {Reply}

That is one cool idea! It's fun making up ways to teach children while they're actually enjoying it!

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Excited for the series recommendation and, as always, inspired by all you learn as you teach!

Bekah said... {Reply}

As a girl who aspired for many years to be a teacher, I LOVE that teaching idea! :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said... {Reply}

I so appreciate good teaching techniques - kids are amazing at what they can accomplish under a great teacher.

Anonymous said... {Reply}

It must be awesome to see the kids work through ideas and come up with something...together! :)

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

What a fun assignment for the class!!! I loved your geeky PI sign! Kimmy is awesome. We've been watching it every night!

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Haha, I got quite a kick out of your pi capture! :)

packmom said... {Reply}

Sounds like a wonderful teaching moment. I'm sure it's very rewarding. We enjoyed Pi day too but everyone was out of the house doing things when the exact time came around. Such is a busy life!