This morning we had an emergency staff meeting at school to have “the talk” before students arrived. I thought I finally had myself pulled together emotionally and all it took was to hear the crack in my principal’s voice and I got teary all over again. Our staff speaks a lot to making sure we are taking care of ourselves so we can be the best for our students. Stopping to focus on the positive behaviors, forcing a little laugh through a silly sentence activity during class, and looking into the innocent faces of my students was how I made sure I was taking care of myself today. Knowing that they came to school feeling safe with me just warmed my heart. So tonight when I saw that Jennifer from Rowdy in First Grade was hosting another Tell Me Something Good linky, I knew I needed to join in.
Something Good from School
We have been studying nonfiction text features this month. After I teach a lesson about one or two features, the students dive into the nonfiction tubs and go on a scavenger hunt for the feature. Last week we were talking about labels and captions. The students partnered up and their job was to look for both labels and captions. With their partner, they were to discuss whether what they found was a label or a caption and how they knew. I watched and listened to two of my students engaged in their task and having a great conversation:
Boy: Hey, did you see this (pointing to text)? It’s a caption.
Girl: No, that’s a label. See how it tells you the parts of the picture?
Boy: No, it’s a caption. It’s telling what the picture is about.
Girl: I don’t think so. I think if it’s a caption it has to have more words in it.
Boy: Let’s ask the teacher.
I was thrilled with their dialogue!
Something Good from Home
Our home is decorated for the holidays. My daughter (21-months) has finally stopped taking all of the ornaments off of the tree. She is no longer afraid of our dancing Santa and will push the button and dance right along with him. The funniest part is if you ask her about Santa, she says, “ho, ho” (yes, she only says it twice). It just melts a momma’s heart! We are a little overdue with the Santa visit this year, but we’re hoping to go this weekend. Any bets on whether we get a crying or smiling picture this year?
I have also enjoying baking a few treats in the past week. My friend hosted a cookie exchange. I made S’Mores cookies (recipe courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything). It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s basically a cookie baked on top of a graham cracker with extra marshmallows and chocolate pieces melted on the top. Yum!!
Now, I’m also a peanut butter/chocolate fan. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and had to give it a try. I must say that I was pretty impressed, but I need to work on the chocolate layer – it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. Needless to say, a little bit goes a LONG way!
So, head on over and tell Jennifer something good 🙂
Have you read Julia Cook's newest book, A Flicker of Hope? It's a beautifully written story that encourages children to ask for help when they find themselves standing under dark clouds in their life. Not only does this book show children how to ask for help, but it also encourages children to be hope builders for others!