Wednesday, September 10, 2008

School Houses Rock!

Get past the Border Patrol Ad, okay?



This was my son's teacher last year! This was her! Teachers are so way cool. Molly is so way cool. Molly can teach AND double dutch. And guess what, she's going to have a community garden WITH CHICKENS at the school. I miss Molly.

I've been concerned about my son's teacher this year. She's more traditional and worksheet oriented. As it turns out, she is also empathetic and her students like her. She also lets us parents come in and knock around whenever we want. She's letting me teach the students about current events. This week the 3rd graders READ THE CONSTITUTION as it pertains to the presidency. Can you imagine? All that language? But they did it and they know what qualifies a candidate for the presidency and what the duties are. Of course they were mostly interested in the part about forgiving their buddies and throwing parties for foreign dignitaries. Toward the end of the lesson, we touched on the electoral collage (S + R = E, did you know that? The presidency is not just a history/civics thang, it's also math/geography). Next week are going to go into campaigns and eventually we will look at the current candidates. I'll keep you posted, because I'm sure you are on the edge of your seats to know what the kids are saying.

On Friday, another parent is coming in with her bassoon to help the kids with their sound studies. Yet another parent has made tons of homemade playdough to help the students better conceptualize city, state, country, etc. And yet another parent is bringing in tons of related texts and may start an art project. So, it's still cool this year, though it's hard to top Molly. I wish every child could experience a classroom where the teacher and a large number of parents frequently indulge in active learning and engaging children.

One thing I should learn is how to post a video that doesn't immediately start playing every time the website opens. Sorry about that. I hope next time you visit, you won't mind hitting the pause button.

3 comments:

  1. Wow. I would have loved to be in that first grade class. That's real learning happening there. Learning and fun at the same time? Who woulda thunk it?

    Naomi

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  2. oh, you make me blush. don't worry, i'll see you more next year with George...

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  3. How freakin' awesome is that?!?!? She needs to come teach at my kids' school:):)

    I LOVE working in the kids classes, well, I haven't made it in to my older sons' classes yet, I've offered....the teachers have taken me up tho, lol Is it me? Do I smell? HAHAHA

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