Saturday, September 21, 2013

“The helpful thought for which you look is written somewhere in a book" - Edward Gorey

I love this quote and its writer/artist: always a slight twinkle in his eye!  Like -  it's reassuring to know there's an answer to all our problems out there somewhere; or stop searching and think for yourself.

Hopefully on this Saturday morning there's enough time and energy in your world to think through some things on your own (or with a good friend which can be even better).  I mean things like how your kids actually liked or responded to an activity rather than how the test scores added up. Or if you're in special ed, how a kid gestured appropriately, or signed a word for the first time, or followed a two part direction.  Celebrations!

If one of your thoughts today is about how to more effectively check for comprehension without waiting for the test, try "quick draw."  Have the kids find a piece of scrap paper and draw the meaning.  (The only pre-teaching for this one is getting kids to doodle-draw rather than draw perfectly.  A few practice sessions may be needed.) Provide 1 minute only!  As you walk around the room you'll see immediately if they got it or not, and move on or reteach.

Check out Subplanners if you need a day off in coming weeks.  In fact, check out teacherspayteachers.com for anything and everything you need in coming days!  It's all there.

1 comment:

  1. What a great quote and valuable suggestion!! I believe art is such a great way to allow students to express their ideas!!

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