Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Unit on Waiting!

Ever since January, I started contemplating when would I teach the Bugs Thematic Unit to my PreK  Class. So I told myself that I would wait until May because it is warm and bugs are everywhere, especially in Alabama. I wanted my students to understand Metamorphosis. So I went online and I bought a cup of caterpillars.  

My students were elated after I discussed that we would be receiving them in a couple of days.  In a week, they arrived in a small container. We use journals to talk about their progress. Seven days later, all five of the caterpillars created their own cocoon. Next, we played the waiting game, a long waiting game. I felt like the caterpillars had died and so did the kids. 

Finally, four of the caterpillars became butterflies.  However, one caterpillar was not ready for the transformation. I lost all hope for that caterpillar, not knowing that the next day he would turn out just as beautiful as the other ones. 
I found it fascinating that one caterpillar did not let me decide his fate.  I wanted that one butterfly to be like the rest. 

 So many times we measure a student's achievement with another because that is the norm.  Since this is "Graduation Season" we must take into consideration that a student or your child must find their own way to reach their goals. Remember there is beauty in waiting. 

"It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too."

-Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Teacher's Appreciation Week

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."~ C.S. Lewis
Becoming a teacher was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I know that sometimes we do not feel appreciated on a daily basis.  Everyday we are reminded that we are underpaid and overworked, but the ability to help a child reach their dream is the best.   My my former students love to see me in the hallways.  They greet me daily and their parents Thank me!  It makes me feel awesome!

So I wanted to suggest some of my favorite children's books about educators and the impact they can make.  I realized that I did not see a book list for these type of books, so I decide to make my own.  So please email me or comment below if you know of anymore that fit this category!

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