I usually admit to my teaching teammates that they are half of my brain. Not exactly, but their thought, input, and valued time are that important to me. We’re cogs on a wheel that keep each other going, propelled forward, listening for the hum of a well-oiled machine and watching for results.
There’s no underestimating the machinery in teaching. One person brings something to the table. It’s a piece of equipment if you will, as it’s one part in need of others to make the most significant impact. See the “machines” below!
Global Read Aloud – I love knowing the story behind GRA. One educator with an idea brought to the table, pieces flying together as others connected, becoming a huge outreach, interactive, collaborative benefit for students of all ages around the globe. Here’s the story if you haven’t read it yet.
I’m SO glad for my students (and me) to be learning and growing in this program. As I read the last touching pages of the book study, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, in my classroom with “sky lights”, there was a hint of sadness that it was over (a lot of awwww’s; that and me hugging the book!😌). We’re now ready to make a closing blog to our GRA friends in Ontario, CAN and in West Sacramento, CA. And we’ll wrap up our Peter H. Reynolds author study in the same manner with student friends in Tasmania, AUS. I’m hoping for these special connections growing further past the weeks of GRA14.
Veterans Day – What came out of PBL planning sessions grew into an impressive program for our K-5th grades and visitors. Brainstorming and others bringing their “parts” resulted in what will become an annual event. Starting with a PBL how-to / what-to meeting, 5th and 3rd grade teachers set the stage. Admin, music classes, choir, and lower school joined in. Families were invited to send in pictures of those formerly or currently in military service for the program’s slide show. 4th and Kinder shared the learning of the history of Veterans Day and created patchwork soldier art. Thank you POP PBL leaders!
Aurasma & Grandparents Day – Yes, the wheel is becoming bigger and brings more learning with purpose and excitement (as Aurasma does!). Fourth graders have had one round of creating work with the added efforts and benefits of Aurasma. We’re ready for round two as we make our Native American reports for Grandparents Day. The learning hasn’t stopped there though. In the meantime, fourth graders are working with second graders to complete their Aurasmas also for the event. My students readily took off around the corner, 2nd grader practically in hand, and projects are now nearly completed. Peer teaching feels like the learning is solidified, the circle is complete. Well done, students!
This is the end of November. I’m not sure what lies ahead for 2015, but I am certain of one thing – collaboration, time, and tools are vital in the educators mechanic shop. Roll up your sleeves, get together, and see what comes!