Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In An Instant



Updated my bulletin board for Christmas. "He made a Way in the Manger to make a way to the Cross" via Instagram

In An Instant



Using water to form stars from broken toothpicks. #science via Instagram

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Imaginary Zeros Are Real!

This video was helpful tonight as I discovered how to predict the possible quantity of negative and imaginary zeros (while factoring polynomials). I know my students wish that zeros were imaginary but the grade book ones are real!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Answers for Teachers

This would make a great professional development day! Answers for Teachers is a one day conference geared towards educators of all grade levels. Not only can you receive CEU (continuing education units) but complimentary museum passes! My wife attended a couple years ago and really got a lot out of it that she could use in the classroom.

Monday, November 10, 2014

All You Have To Do Is Ask

clock with Roman numerals
As students entered my room today, I asked each one what was the best part of their weekend. Of course several could not even remember having a weekend, but others shared interesting details.

One student who has a keen interest in beekeeping was excited to have talked with an Amish beekeeper at a farmers market. Another student attended a Bible conference where they met total strangers with similar interests.

One student did not have a great weekend because mom was sick and needed to help out around the house. And another student and I are reading the same trilogy and we were able to discuss the same chapters.

Later, a student asked if my question had anything to do with class. I honestly replied that it did not, that I was only taking an interest in their life. A teacher can learn a lot about students through a few simple questions and by taking the time to listen to what's important to them.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In An Instant



Enjoying a nostalgic Saturday afternoon reading a paper book and spinning old 45's. #analog via Instagram

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Grade Impressionist Landscapes

Impressionist Landscape
Teach first grade about Monet with the spray can in Microsoft Paint!

This week we looked at several examples of Monet paintings and identified key features such as a horizon line and blended colors. Then I showed them how to use the Paint spray can tool, especially the different sizes of spray. Students also learned how to select custom colors. This was important to create the subtle color variations.

Students then chose a basic landscape background to modify. Several templates had white skies which some kids made into night scenes! I continue to be amazed and surprised by my students creativity as we use art to learn about basic computer tools.

Sunday, November 2, 2014