Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Conversation with Inspired Apple

Here goes my first link up!

Abby over at The Inspired Apple is having a Christmas Conversation Linky Party! It looked like so much fun, so I had to join in!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. One of the reasons why I love it is because everyone does it differently. Everyone has different traditions and I absolutely love hearing about them!

So link up and tell me about your Christmas traditions below! I would love to hear how you celebrate Christmas!

Don't forget to comment below! Thanks Abby for the fun link up!

~The Chronicles of a Teacher 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Channeling the Inner "Turkey"

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family (sorry, it's a little late)! I definitely enjoyed all the festivities, especially the ones in my classroom.

 This year I wanted to do a Thanksgiving craft that would tie in with 30 Days of Thankful. As well as a craft that the students would be able to share with their families and keep for years to come. Each student made a placemat that tied in with their 30 Days of Thankful and allowed them to channel their "inner turkey."

I decided to have the students choose three of the things they were thankful for. Students wrote about each thing and elaborated as to why they were thankful for it. Of course, the teacher in me made them do a rough draft and write an introduction and conclusion. I read over each one before they wrote their final draft on the template below.

After we finished our writing piece, we channeled our "inner turkey." The making of the turkey was fairly simple.

First, I made a template for the basic shapes we would need, such as a small sized circle, a medium sized circle, and a small feather. I made copy of the template for each student. 

Second, I had a parent cut squares of each color that we would need. So my parent cut two brown squares for the body and head of the turkey and two of orange, yellow, and red for the feathers. 

In the actual making of the turkey, we cut out the templates and traced our feathers, body, and head. We arranged them on the right side of the 11" x 18" construction paper. Students added their own flare to their turkies, such as bow ties, hats,microphones, clothes, etc. 

Finally, when they were finished we laminated them to make them "food" proof! 

It's a great reflection activity as well as something they will be able to keep for a long time. I was so impressed with their thoughtful reflections. While I did have some who said they were thankful for the game console, I had more students write about how they were thankful for their family, food on the table, and a shelter. One student even said she was thankful for a good life! Overall, it was a great activity and I can't wait to do it again next year! 

Check out some of the student samples below! 

I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and food! 

The Chronicles of a Teacher

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Girls on the Run

It's been a while since I have been able to post! Last Saturday, I was able to have an experience of a lifetime and was truly inspired by one of my past students.

This year I have had the privilege of being the head coach for the Girls on the Run program. It is a character development for girls that allows the opportunity to train and run in a 5k just for them. We have focused on self-esteem, choosing friends, how to handle negativity, and community service.

Throughout this season, I have been able to get to know the girls. We have truly become a team and a family. On Saturday, I witnessed just how close we had all become. Saturday was our 5k. Each girl has to run with an adult (aka running buddy) and I was paired with one of my girls from last year, Natalia.

Let me tell you about Natalia. Natalia is incredibly sweet. Last year, there was not a day that went by when she didn't ask if I or a peer needed help. She showed up every day with a smile on her face. Natalia geniuuely loved to learn. She always gave everything 110% effort. So I would expect nothing less from her on her big day!

We approached the starting line. One of the other coaches asked her, "What is your goal for the run?" Natalia replied, "I want to jog the whole thing." Right then, I saw a special look in her eye, determination. This look reappeared several times throughout the run.

I am proud to say that Natalia ran the ENTIRE 5k. This is a feat for any 11 year old girl and she did it with determination. She inspired us all that day.

At our last practice on Tuesday, we all shared out one of our favorite moments from the season. She shared that it was crossing the finish line and having us there to support her. She said, "During that moment, I felt I could anything." And she was right, she could and can do anything she puts her mind to.

Girls on the Run is such an amazing program for young girls. It truly lets them see who they are inside and empowers them to work towards their goals. I am so very glad that I was able to bring the program to my school.

Happy running,

The Chronicles of a Teacher (and Runner)