Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your 3 Words

ABC's Good Morning America has this thing called Your 3 Words.  
They are about different things that tell about a person.  
I thought it would be fun to work in groups in 4th grade to come up with 
Our 3 Words about either Kindness or Our Class.
Well.....here is what they came up with.

Helping Buddies Out

Supporting Fairness Nicely

Kind People Sharing

Kind People Here

Help People Learn

Kindness Creates Friends

So what 3 Words tell about you---or your class---or your family---your school----your community----
the list can go on forever!

"Don't Stop Smiling!"

Mrs. K!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What is your DREAM?

Dream It!  Believe  It!

About a month ago we had a great assembly called 8 to Great presented by MK Mueller.  I have been using the information to help kids get on the path to reaching their goals and dreams.  Today was one of those days where I had the opportunity to put into practice some of the steps that MK taught us.
What I did with this young person is what any of us could do.
I had him share what his dream is.
Then I had him stand up and imagine it.
I cheered him on as his "coach" who would be someone in his future dream.
I saw an amazing smile come across his face as he pictured it!
WOW!!! I know he wasn't the only one feeling great!
After that we sat down and talked about what it was going to take to get to that dream.
Is it just going to fall out of the sky and happen?  I don't think so.
We talked about what changes he needs to make in his actions and thoughts to make it happen.
The next thing we did was we started his gratitude list.  
I told him every day he is going to come in and tell me his 3 gratitudes, with no repeats!
He has some awesome gratitudes to list today!  WAY TO GO!!!!
We had a great visit and I really believe he is on his way to a better tomorrow than when he walked in.
That is the cool part of my job!
I get to encourage and pump kids up!

As I was gathering some info for another class, I came across this video and I can't wait to share it with my student tomorrow when he comes in to list his 3 Gratitudes.
I hope you will enjoy it also and be inspired by it.

The path to our dreams is not straight.  We climb and fall and climb and fall.  Every time we fall we gather knowledge and strength to get up and climb again.

What is your dream?  What are you doing to reach it?  Have you fallen lately trying to reach it?
If so, don't give up.   KEEP  TRYING!  PRESS ON!

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Invisible Boy book review!

I was so excited to receive my copy of Trudy Ludwig's latest book, The Invisible Boy.  I loved the story of how this young boy, Brian, is overlooked by so everyone is his class.  Even his teacher has a difficult time noticing him because she is so busy dealing with "behaviors" of other students.  Recess and lunch aren't fun for Brian because even though he is present, he isn't.  Not to the rest of the kids anyway.  I love so many things about this book....
* The title---says it all!  It is exactly how someone who is not noticed or acknowledged feels.  Invisible.
*How one person changes things----isn't it amazing when we think about the power of one?  In this story one person makes a huge difference for Brian.  This can show kids how much power they have to help someone else.
*EMPATHY!---I was reminded this summer at a conference how important it is to teach kids empathy.  I think this book does exactly that!  Trying to put themselves in someone else's shoes and see how they feel.  Teaching empathy can change so many negative ways that kids treat others.
*Exclusion---it teaches kids what exclusion looks like but then takes them to how easy it is to include someone also!
Can't wait to share this with my students!!!!!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fortune Cookies

I had a surprise call from one of my best friends yesterday and we decided to meet for dinner last night.  YUMMY---we both agreed on Chinese food!  It was great to sit and visit and catch up and share.  It always amazes me with friends who you don't see often enough how easy it is to just pick up where you left off the last time you were together!  That to me is a neat thing about friendship!
after I finished my meal I opened up my fortune cookie and found the above fortune.  I wasn't sure if this was a fortune or more of an advice cookie.  It really took me back to my days when I was just a kid.  My mom would tell my siblings and myself, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  Good advice.  AND it has come in handy many times when working with students and my own kids.  When I share this "mommily" with students they usually say, "That is what my mom says too!"  (Great wisdom is learned not only from fortune cookies but also from moms!)
So I am thinking that I will add K.M.S. to my list of abbreviations to share with kids.
Some of my other favorites include:
(Mind Your Own Beeswax or Mind Your Own Business)
(Save Your Reputation---which was always signed on letters from my grandma when I was in college)
(Keep It Simple Sweetie)
(TaTa For Now)

What are some of your favorite abbreviations?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

You asked for it! Interrupting Lyrics

Okay, so you wanted the lyrics to Stop! Interrupting Me!
Well, here they are.  I hope you have fun with this song.  It has been fun hearing the kids sing the song as they go down the hall or in their classrooms.
I really want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has watched this crazy fun teaching video.  I can't believe all the views and the great comments.  (If this doesn't boost a person up, I'm not sure what would!)  I would invite you all to follow my blog also.  I am working on a couple more songs that would help you teach some great skills to your kiddos.

Interrupting Me
it’s really very rude

Is what you always say
 If you want attention
You need to tell me something
You don’t think that it can wait

But this time before you jump in my mouth
 Taking my words from me

Think it over
 You gotta  wait your turn

Think it over  
The respect you will earn

Interrupting me
It’s really very rude

Interrupting me
It really makes me mad!

Think it over
Think it over

when you tap. tap me on the arm
I can hear you
Calling out my name

Do you notice my expression
When you’re trying to get my attention

So this time before you interrupt
Pause and take a step back

Think it over
Is it an emergency?

Think it over
If not just wait patiently.
Interrupting me
You gotta wait your turn

Interrupting me
Something  you gotta learn

Think it over
Think it over

I’ve tried so hard, hard to be patient
When you try to get my attention
But when you wait till I am through
I will give my attention to YOU

Interrupting Me
It’s really very rude
(Hey, think it over!)

Interrupting Me
(Think it over, hey.)
It’s really very rude.

Stop Interrupting Me!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stop! Interrupting Me!

(Sorry this is a bit confusing...but while I was adding the lyrics I accidentally deleted this blog post!  UGH!   So here is the blog post again....and look for the lyrics to come.)

(Click on the title to see the video)
I had so much fun with my "teacher" friends putting together another song for the kiddos at school.  It seems some classrooms are having a bit of an issue with interrupting.   So....I spent some time teaching the kindergarten kiddos about My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook.  We had fun reading the book and then doing a couple of activities from the activity guide.  The fave of course is the ability bags.  I give students each a lunch size bag to take home and fill with 3 things show what they can do.  We have had some great things shared in the past years that we have done this.  A couple of favorites include a child pulling their swimsuit out of the bag to show they have the ability to swim.  Another child shared a picture of their family and told how they have the ability to be a great part of their family.  The beautiful thing about this activity is they all get the chance to talk about themselves and the rest of the kids get the chance to practice their great listening skills.  We will be sharing these this coming Monday this year and I can't wait to see what they bring.

In first grade we had Ornery Ordean from Jellybean Jamboree share how interrupting was a problem for him.  We made a list of when is it okay to interrupt someone and when is it better to wait.  I also had a couple of volunteers role play with me while I told the class something and my volunteer got to interrupt me.  That was fun showing how it gets the person off track of what they are talking about.  We also talked about how bothering the person next to you while the teacher is talking is interrupting the learning of the friend they are sitting by.  So many ways to look at interrupting.  Of course the favorite was sharing my latest video with them and having them guess who my backups were.