Final Days of Summer

Glue, scissors, folders, pencils and college-ruled paper are now available at your local superstore…This means school begins in just a couple of weeks. Where has the time gone? A question I consistently ask in the remaining days of summer break.

This week I have been feverishly working on getting my classroom in shape for the new year. A part of this process involves organizing materials, designing new bulletin boards, and planning/revising curriculum. My end goal is to create instructional materials, along with a comfortable/conducive space where students are motivated & excited to learn.

(Hopefully,) Soon I will share with you my new improved classroom. Now I am off to shelf building, desk arranging and syllabus writing.

Just Need Some Dirt

At last Spring is here! I caught the flower bug so I ended up picking up a few flowers at our local nursery. There are always so many flowers to choose from, it is so hard to decide which ones to take home. My trick for choosing annuals (that will go in a pot) is: 1) limit selection to where I will place the flowers (sun or shade) 2) find the most beautiful or unique plant (the one that has to come home) 3) then I find other plants/flowers whose colors and foliage will complement the “unique flower.” My great flower find for this trip was the heliotrope, I love its small purple flowers and its accompanying fragrance. Hope you enjoy this time of planting!

Spring annuals

Classroom Pics

I just wanted to share with you a few pictures of my new science classroom. I had so many ideas about how I wanted everything to look. After spending several days perusing Pinterest, and several teaching websites I ended up choosing various posters exhibiting my sentiment and other items that fit with my science content. Currently, I’m not quite finished setting everything up. It has been a process of trial and error finding out what works best for the students.  (I have already changed the desk arrangement since the photo was taken).

None-the-less please enjoy the following images!

Classroom1 Classroom2 Classroom3

Cells – ParticleMen

Finally, I have gotten around to sharing one of these songs with you! It is by a group called ParticleMen you can find more of their work on YouTube. I love how they simplify scientific information and create an entertaining song with visuals. Enjoy!