Friday, July 10, 2015

Growth Theory

 I have been taking a few classes this summer to make my license current and have been learning some fun things. As one of my assignments I had to make a screen cast about something I learned in class. I was really excited to talk about the difference between fixed theory and growth theory. 

I used two books as references. They are both amazing. This first one is written for the general public and is amazing at helping you rethink how you take on challenges. The second is written for teachers and gives more specific strategies for engaging students in a classroom. 

We want students to have a growth mindset. Which means we want them to react positively to challenges and believe that they can learn and grow when something is hard. If you're interested in learning more about it, here's the screen cast I did. 

The first part is reviewing fixed and growth theory. The second part is the application - what we can do to foster growth theory. It's about 10 min long total. It gets a little technical, but it's a fascinating subject and can really apply to adults as well. It was a lot of fun to learn about these concepts (not so much fun listening to myself talk), but I am excited to use them in my classroom!

Part 1
Part 2

Friday, May 8, 2015

S is for . . .

. . . silly scissors

. . . shape bingo. I used the cards found at Preschool Mom. Thank you for the free printable!

. . . star connect the dots.

. . . sewing.

. . . skipping.

. . . strawberries.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

R is for Rainbow

Pipe cleaner, large marshmallows, and fruit loops. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spoon Letter Matching

 As we learn our letters, the kids work on learning upper case and lower case letters simultaneously. Here is a great activity the kids worked on to identify their letters and match upper and lower case letters. 

We wrote all the lower case letters on clear spoons and the upper case letters on white spoons. When the kids found the letter matches, they stacked them on top of each other to see both the upper case and lower case letter at the same time. 

After they found all the matches, they worked on putting the spoons in alphabetical order.


Monday, April 20, 2015

P is for . . .

. . . popcorn!

. . . puzzles!

. . . puppets!
Our kids loved playing with our easy homemade puppet theater. It is designed to fit in any doorway and it is pretty simple to make. If you are interested, visit the instructions here. After the kids had their turn, we were so lucky to have a guest teacher join us. My friend Britta teacher preschool near by and I asked her to help me put on a Three Little Pigs puppet show for the kids. We used the fun script at this website. 
Ms. Jeri favored us with a little song. She combined play dough and puppets. It was pretty cute.

. . . play dough!

. . . pizza!