Thanks, Jonas, for calling my attention to these song books. I’ve been searching for a source of the “singing school” type songs and hadn’t been successful so far. I found a few of the song titles I’ve been looking for in these books.
Several years ago after a friend recommended “The 24 Game” as an excellent math game, I purchased one. I absolutely agree that this one is worth buying — and using! Note: for 4th grade I use the single digit version. I wonder what educational games any of you would have to recommend?
Is your singing repertoire as broad as your curriculum?
It’s common for our students to engage school subjects verbally via the written and spoken word, and visually via printed media or self-created art work. How often do they engage them through song?
While it’s entirely appropriate to teach children a large repertoire of hymns and “sp…[Read more]
The 2018 book The Coddling of the American Mind, explores three great “untruths” that the authors see infusing American childhood and education. Two of them (always trusting your feelings and avoiding risk), are involved in what they describe (p.30) as the rise of “safetyism,” which places sacred value on staying emotionally safe. On pp. 168-170,…[Read more]
We have two meetings like this, one in the fall and one in the late winter or early spring. They are planned by a committee made up of a patron couple and a staff member. The meeting generally includes reports on the budget, fundraisers, staff or facility needs, and the like. We often have a speaker, much as Jonas described. One year we had time…[Read more]
Regarding the question of winter parent-teacher meetings: We have one in late January, featuring a topic of equal interest to parents and teachers. A few topics over the years (addressed by a speaker with followup discussion) have included…
–Teaching children to be responsible
–Developing a heart of service & caring about others
This is an idea along a different vein:
Although this idea comes too late to incorporate this Christmas season, perhaps it is an idea worth sharing for other years or seasons. I know students love to receive gifts, but I find they also delight in being able to give. With this in mind, for a number of years I have deliberately planned a way f…[Read more]
Regarding timeline notebook use…Any visual that can be associated with a dated event boosts the student’s ability to identify and remember. Use of timeline notebooks as Peter suggested can ideally be combined with a classroom wall timeline kept up by having students create and post small illustrations of events studied at the appropriate…[Read more]
I’ve long believed that names and dates should consume a minimum of our time and energy in history class. Yes, some of this instruction is necessary, but only to the degree that it truly aids understanding of the past. Regarding dates in particular, I consider them important mostly for helping us to understand how events are situated in time…[Read more]
I was afraid someone would ask that. 🙂 This is something I don’t feel like I have a good handle on yet. Drawing largely on some things I’ve read here on the forum, I emphasize active engagement of the memory rather than passive reading and rereading. I give students review sheets with questions and tell them to write the answers using information…[Read more]
Does your school sponsor a Parent Teacher Fellowship evening in the late winter? How do you structure the evening? What are your goals? What have you done that worked well or did not work so well?
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