Back in my RCAA days I did a passion project example. My topic? Stage Fright. I learned a ton! But when it came to the final product-- I failed. Big time. I could NOT sing in front of adults. Just the thought of being heard by my two co-teachers made me want to cry. I never performed the song I wrote ("A Whole New Term"), and I felt like I let down the student who accompanied me (sorry Michael).
Fast forward a year, and I'm teaching 5th grade. Guess what you absolutely CANNOT be afraid of with 10 year olds? Making mistakes. I made tons. Every day. Every hour. Mistake after mistake. Learning opportunity after opportunity. In the end, I learned more in one year of 5th grade than I probably did in the previous three years put together.
So, to my 5th grade darlings (and all the darlings I was too afraid to sing in front of), here is a sneak peak of "Not a Show." I sang this COLD. Like-- I turned on the iPad and just went with it. No practicing. No previewing the lyrics.
Frankly, my voice stinks. It cracks, I mess up on lyrics, and I think I laugh at one point. You can hear the air conditioner on in the background. You know what doesn't stink? Learning. And after practicing this the first time, I'll work on it some more (maybe get some help from the choir teacher). Then I'll record it again. And again. And eventually--- BAM! It'll be awesome.
I'm doing a project this term! Check out this page to see the progress.
I made a place for us to look at our academic standards. Check it out!
Web design keeps popping up this week. I've already helped three students begin websites for their clubs and projects, and I'll soon get the access code to update the district RCAA page. Good thing, too. It's outdated.
Did you realize that creating a website is an option for your written product? It is! Ask your advisor if publishing online is the best avenue to communicate your learning.
As for this very classroom site, I've been busy adding pages for math, science, and writing. I've learned a few tricks for embedded code. My newest success is customizing the size of google presentations. Look how nicely the writing powerpoint fits on my page below. :)
Students have learned all kinds of note taking strategies this year. Many of these are in a good 'ole fashioned notebook. Your advisors still need to see these notes, however. Here is a demonstration of how to upload notes on your google drive.
Use it! That is all. . .
I was up very early this morning and decided to create a screencast for my lesson today on blogging for your Personal Learning Plans.
It's Friday morning of project presentation week, and I'm taking a second to blog in this Zen, calm, quiet space in my classroom. We are partaking in a guided meditation to help us manage the stress that being rock-stars puts on us.
The presentations I've watched so far this week have been fantastic. Parents should be proud of the hard work their students are putting in. I know I am! If I haven't said it recently:
PARENTS: Thank you for trusting me to teach your children this year. I'm so grateful for having them in my advisory and my world. Each day they remind me how lucky I am to have this job and I know that is largely because of the other people in their lives who love, mentor and parent them.
Kimberly will be appearing in The Good Person of Sichuan at the BMHS this weekend and next (Click HERE for details).
Project presentations have begun! Students who volunteered to go this beautiful Monday afternoon have impressive products. Click HERE to view the presentation schedule for T1.
There are a LOT of questions to answer each term. One of the things that help most is sharing resources with each-other. I've tried to help by making documents students can collaborate on. I've also shared links to help with current social studies projects. Here are some helpful places to review:
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!