Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The small things are often the big things.

A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.  ~Bill Vaughan

I just read this quote and it made me laugh about a situation today. I found a cute activity and added it to my big elaborate lesson on fractions. (along with some other well thought out projects that we worked on today.) It was simply cutting out different parts of a circle (parts of a hole) and making fish out of them. Aka our Fraction Fish. I thought it would just be an extra project to do during our math rotations if our other projects from the day were done. I couldn't believe how many students loved this and were motivated more to get their other work completed! Even some of our non-artistic students wanted to try it out. Unfortunately there are only so many minutes in our day, so a few of them didn't get finished, but they enjoyed creating these easy fish. 

Moral of the story, sometimes we over look the simple things that make kids happy. Something to think about as summer quickly approaches, is to look for small things to do with your student. These are often the very things they learn the most from. I know I often get into trouble with assuming students know something and carry on my teaching. Then I am pulled back when a student is brave and asks what a word means, or is. I often forget I don't have to "buy the fifty dollar swingset" when I just need to present the student with the "small green worm."

May 7th - DMI's (change of date)
May 15th - Spring Music Concert 7:00pm 
May 28 - No School for Memorial Day
May 30th - Will Not be a Late start - Normal Day 
May 31st - Last day of school

*** Supplies needed for our classroom : Dry Erase Markers, Erasers for pencils (like the kind you stick on) and Wet/Sanitizer wipes.

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