Another Friday, another Five for Friday from Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching. This week’s been a little different than before…ok, let’s be honest…it’s been rough. We have had teachers out left and right, which means a sub shortage, which means those of us who come to school end up covering and getting no prep time during the week.
Believe me, I’m not whining, just observing. But the stress of trying to find space and time to do the normal upkeep of the classroom, lessons, grading and being prepped for tomorrow, there’s been no time at all to plan ahead for my after-Thanksgiving units. I like being able to leave for Thanksgiving Break fully planned through the following three weeks until Christmas Break. Maybe, maybe…
My stress relief this week has been reading other blogs. When I’m feeling down about teaching, new ideas just spark me. So in the spirit of giving something back to the bloggers that inspire me, I’m featuring five of the best, most interesting blog posts I’ve enjoyed this week. Hopefully something will resonate with you and when you’re finding yourself at the bottom of the teaching hole, you can find some inspiration in the great blogging community we’re a part of.
My favorite blog post this week:
Sidney at Teaching Is A Gift: Tagxedo and Wonder Collages
I love Wonder, and there are *SO MANY WAYS* it can be taught. I find that my students really fall in love with Auggie, and I like to extend their learnings in ways that they might normally be resistant to try. Wonder opens itself up to exploration and discussion, and the word clouds Sidney shows us how to create at Tagxedo will definitely get my kiddos excited. So easy and fun to get those computer skills in, too. I teach Wonder in the spring in 7th grade, and I’ll definitely add parts of this to my lesson.
With all the notes I make my kids send, I’ve never thought to send them to the kids from me. Duh moment…I am blaming my secondary-trained high school teaching brain for that one. I’m going to start this second semester so I have time to plan and prep, and, let’s be honest–find all those cards I’ve got stashed everywhere. The kids are going to love it!