Thursday, December 22, 2016


Wow! We had quite a surprise when we walked into the classroom this morning… shocking, really. It appears as though the stuffed animals had a wild night during their school slumber party. While a few students thought I was the culprit, most were VERY disappointed in their "stuffies." Let’s just say this is the last time I allow stuffed animals to sleep in the classroom unsupervised. I know several furry friends that will be getting coal this holiday season.

Here’s the video evidence!

Friday, December 16, 2016


Today was an especially good Friday, jam-packed with learning, smiles and LOTS of laughter. We had Junior Achievement with Mrs. Noble, played a new math review game, picked countries for our country project, and finally found out who our mystery person was… sneaky Ms. Wood!

I’d say the crowd favorite was ZAP! - our math review game. This game is kind of like a modern spin on jeopardy. The class is split into four groups. Each group must decide on a team name. Ours were quite interesting as you may have guessed: The Dunkin Donuts Fan Club, The Kentucky Fried Gummy Bears, The Northern Lights and Team Awesome. Each group is asked a math question. If they get the question correct, they get a point. If they get it wrong, the question moves to the next team. The team that gets it correct must pick a card from the ZAP! board. The cards are either good, bad or blank! If you pull a ZAP! card, all of your team’s points are erased. What I love most is that it’s anyone’s game at any point in time.

Check out the video below to see all the problem solving and collaboration happening! I was impressed. :)

Stay warm out there!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Computer Science!

This week was Computer Science Education Week in schools around the world. To celebrate, Mrs. Wolinsky came into our class to teach Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science and programming, which many had in second grade.

Coding is such a foreign and very new topic for me. I have always been a bit anti-technology... GASP! I know I am probably in the minority here, especially for my generation. Today, it seems that people are almost entirely "connected", yet often struggle putting their devices down to have face-to-face conversations.  I cringe when I go to a restaurant and see a table of four catching up on their social media accounts, rather than catching up with one another. Although this is true at times, it's hard to ignore the fact that technology has many positive impacts on our daily lives. It's a bit of a double-edged sword, if you ask me. While I could go on and on about this topic, it seems that I am veering off into uncharted territory.

The moral of the story is this: the Hour of Code activity showed me ALL of the positive aspects of technology and made me forget about the negative ones. To say I was impressed with these kiddos is an understatement! Mrs. Wolinsky began with a short video and introduction, then sent students off to try to code on their own! While I was nervous that a full hour on laptops would be a very individual activity, I quickly realized just how interactive it was. Students were working together, problem solving, and figuring out codes they swore they couldn’t figure out.  This activity took lots of perseverance and determination. Check out the short video below. If you listen closely, you can hear some of my favorite quotes. I just wish I could have caught more on camera!

  • “Oh, I know what I need to do.”
  • "I can help you with that."
  • "Want to come sit with me?... Bring your computer!"
  • "I did it!"... "What do you mean you couldn't do it?"

Be sure to ask your child about their experience!  

Happy Friday!