h is for halloween

pumpkin faces

it’s been a happy one!  in getting ready and in celebrating!

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surely, we’ll have a lot of school family conversations based on costumes and candy.

class trick or treating

i’m ready!

d is for dinosaur

IMG_1354it seems that our pictures (of painting and cutting and gluing and taping and making a big dinosaur and making baby dinosaurs to meet big mama “daisy dinosaur” and adding her clothespin spikes on the marker dots and telling you that we loved this book) will speak for themselves.

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it was a dino-tastic time!

n is for new movie…and new things in the classroom…and new perspective for me.

we made another movie.

the way we make most of our movies is by having the photo booth’s video camera running and then later splitting it into smaller clips. with the movies being many minutes long, i think we all forget that we’re being recorded. that’s what i want.

what you’ll see in this movie:

a new friend at preschool…already a special friend of mine…this was so sweet.
a new seating plan…there are little self photos on the back of their chairs. it’s interesting to see how children look to find themselves, if they move their chair, if they don’t.
a new circle time plan…we’ve never sat in chairs before at circle time. the next phase is that anyone who prefers a chair can get their chair. then there is the need for a whole bunch of “situational awareness” when preschoolers are hauling chairs around. i’ll make a movie of that.

and for me: a new perspective of how i teach. i am comfortable with and confident in my intentions and my passion to be a kind and effective teacher. but i am amazed at how many things i see that i wish were different. i don’t wait as long as i thought i did. i ask questions that seem silly. i don’t answer kids as quickly as i thought i did. i fill in the blanks too often in conversations with kids.

in general, i seem to have an impatience that is rooted in nothing but enthusiasm. since i’m not cranky, maybe i’m just eager. i guess. i want to work on that. some teacher friends of mine suggested that video taping oneself for this exact purpose is a common practice. it was sure effective for me.

so, enjoy the newness and the humility of seeing me do many things i wish i hadn’t done: