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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 132- Beware the Ides of March!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not a big Shakespeare fan.
 He's really not that cute.
I remember having to read a few of his plays in high school and college, but none of them really stuck with me. The most I can do is quote a few tag lines...ahem.. "Et tu, Brute?"
That quote was from Julius Caesar, written in 1599. It is from this play that I found today's post's name. Today, March 15, is known as the Ides of March; the day Julius Caesar was killed.

Now since I teach 1st grade you may be wondering why I even mention Caesar in this post. Why not leave the Ides of March for high school students and English literature buffs?

Because my friends, today Clifton Hills was visited by April DeCesare to be precise.

A spokesperson for the Smart School Training & Research facility, she came to professionally develop the faculty here at the Hills. She was also a guest speaker at a Hamilton County professional development around 4 years ago. I liked her presentation then, and I was happy for the refresher course today. Although I do wish she had been a little more eloquent in her presentation. I can just see it now...

Friends, teachers, administrators, lend me your ears!
I come to bury boring literacy centers, not to praise them.
The non-research based activities do not fill students,
 they leave a hollowness in their bones.
Enter research based Smart Centers!

Now that kind of presentation is one I can get behind! Ah well, I guess we can't have everything we ask for. If you would like to see a sample of what we teachers got to experience today, check out {THIS} website. Or you can begin by watching the introductory video below.

But this post can't be all about Smart Centers, Writing Portfolios and Smart Kits. You want to see what my students were up to today!

While I was being developed professionally, my students were creating a chart with the substitute about Johnny Appleseed. They listed things that were true and things that were not true about this American Hero. 

I found {THIS} website on Johnny. I like how his occupation was listed as 'folk hero'.

In math we worked on Fact Families. I drew a random child out of the random child bag (a baggie with students' names in it) and found a student who would be brave enough to 'teach' everyone a mini math lesson about finding math facts.

Notice the Math Magic! It's amazing what Promethean boards can do! You can watch the video {HERE} or watch it below.
Great job, Soldier!

Literacy center pictures:

 Word Wall

Vocabulary/ ABC order

Our Daily Brain

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