When I teach, whether it is the first graders or graduate students, I pride myself in creating . . . in living the visions, theories, and values I profess. I decided to present my classroom activities as a Blog so that I could include "live" links to other sites as well as give the viewers an opportunity to respond, comment, and provide additional perspectives and resources.
For me, the effective classroom starts with building community. I received some grant monies to take these sixth graders on an overnight camping trip at the beginning of the year. The goal was for them to develop a sense of community. Here they are seen finishing up a team building called, Puzzling Tangram. This activity also addresses my goal of having students engage in cross-curricular activities. The giant sized tangram also asked the students to use basic geometry skills.
A Group Contract
Arts Across the Curriculum
Cross Curricular Physical Education