It is often said that great comedy requires great empathy. Making space for humor in your classroom builds connections that will sustain you and your students through the highs and lows of the school year.
Laughter adds so much to our lives. Research the benefits and you find all sorts of them-- engagement, higher levels of learning, greater sense of community, even health benefits… Just for those alone, it’s worth thinking about ways we can infuse humor and laughter into our instruction and the experiences we share with students.
My students were always shocked to learn that my favorite subject to teach wasn't writing... it was social studies! I was a history minor in college and almost considered getting my first master's in secondary education so I could teach high school history. As you know, I went into elementary education and the rest is,… Continue reading Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 5 of 5)
The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten can be used to help kids find a topic and to teach students a variety of craft moves. Read more about this book and then leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win a copy.
Last week my friend posted a link on her Facebook page to a blog called Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. Specifically, it was a link to a post entitled "Public Toilets vs. Newly Potty Trained Girls and Boys." I clicked on the link and was transported to a post about public bathroom experiences with toddlers. … Continue reading SOLSC + Thinking About Slicing in a New Way
This past summer I spent a week at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute. One of my week-long courses was about mentor texts. Emily Smith, the section leader, introduced us to a book, But That’s Another Story edited by Sandy Asher. This book contains shorts stories from a variety of genres, such as science fiction, folktale,… Continue reading Developing Theories About Craft Moves
You absolutely must take two minutes and click over to Christi Overman's blog, Chocolate for Teachers, and read about her very first sharing session of her teaching career. I think I'll be giggling for days over this one. Clarification: I'm giggling about the unexpected nature of kids in workshop -- not the content of the… Continue reading get a giggle out of this.