From the post, “What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher”
Here are some amazing quotes from teenagers about what makes a great teacher – this was a lot of fun to read. Here’s my favorite one because it’s so simple.
“In my opinion, I believe that being a open and down to earth person can make a great teacher. Teachers are meant to be great, and a great friend. They’re like superheroes, and they are always there for you.” — Brandon, 10th grade
Read all of the quotes here.
Finally, Memorial Day is here and the season of grilling can begin! For those of you interested in veggies on the grill, here is a cookbook with healthy recipes guaranteed to please everyone. I can’t wait to get try them all…
by Andrea Chesman (Harvard Common Press)
“Put aside any preconceived notions you might have about cooking with broccoli and carrots. Author Andrea Chesman demonstrates that vegetables and fruits belong on the grill just as much as meat. High heat works wonders, turning natural sugars into a sweet, caramelized crust and giving these healthy foods extra layers of texture and flavor. (Chesman also suggests using a vegetable grill rack.) You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this book, which has an abundance of delectable recipes, from salads and quesadillas to grilled sandwiches and desserts. Chesman shows us that grilling is no longer just a carnivore’s game.” – Irene Sax from epicurious.com
Buy this amazing book here.
Technology in (SPL) Education has named C-Fit XTrain as one of the…
Best Apps of 2013 for Gross Motor Skills by Jo Booth, OT
From the article:
Gross motor activities are essential for a child’s overall development and readiness to learn. Gross motor abilities help us navigate our environment safely as well as help us to tolerate sitting upright and at a desk in the classroom. It not only improves our overall health and a sense of well-being, but also gives us input as to a consistent sense of self as a reference point in which to further explore the world. Using gross motor activities in the classroom can help kids stay alert and motivated.
C-Fit XTrain – Classroom Fitness is a nice app for providing movement breaks to wake up student’s minds and bodies and get them ready to learn. There are 4 10 minute guided routines, as well as ways to make it easier to do the exercises, precautions, and benefits of the exercise. Snowy, cold or rainy days make this a great option for teachers trying to alert their students. It would be fun to have kids take turns being “exercise leader” with the teacher. I like how the segments have a warm up and a cool down period so as not to get kids too stimulated. Recommended. ~ Jo Booth, OT
Take a look at the entire post.
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.