We're making it up as we go along
|R furiously writes her lesson plans|
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret (okay, most of you probably know this), teachers don't have every minute of everyday planned out in their lesson plan book. This was a huge revelation to me my first year of teaching general education to third graders. Surely, a teacher spends enormous amounts of time writing lesson plans and then sticking to them without ever straying! I am so glad it doesn't have to be that way. I am a very big fan of routine and structure, but let's face it, I would be a lousy teacher if I didn't have flexibility, adaptability and a penchant for improvising.
|I found some masks in the basement and turned them into an emotion themed work by adding a mirror.|
Some of my days are the kind where I feel like I'm lacking inspiration for engaging activities. I sometimes come in a little worried that I don't know what I want to do for circle time or afternoon art activity. What actually happens on these days? I let the kids direct our activities. I pay close attention to their moods (energetic or low-key), their interests (they really want a story, some gross motor, a specific song) and I GO WITH IT.
|Our recent emotions theme came from the kids talking about feelings.|
|I was so excited to try making clean soap. This photo makes it look fun, but really it was a huge mess and the kids only used it for about 2 minutes. O'well....|
|Things got a little crazy with the masks so I made up this game to redirect and have the kids choose new works. When I circle the first letter in your name, it's your turn to choose a new work.|