The Cupboard

The ratty kitchen cupboard door
stood open every morning.
And everyday I told my kid,
“This is your final warning!

“You have to, must and always will
keep spices from the light
within the safety of the doors,
the cupboard closed up tight!”

“Sorry pop, it wasn’t me,”
the youngest one would say.
“I’d never harm the cinnamon.”
One day he moved away.

That open kitchen cupboard door
kept pestering my life.
Mistake! for it was not my child:
Was my forgetful wife.

“Oh honey, dear, please help me out
and do me a big favor:
Please close the cupboard door at night
so spices we can savor.”

“Don’t ‘honey me’ with open doors;
forgetful I am not.
I, too, protect the tarragon
and rind of apricot.”

After many years of open doors
she passed while sound asleep.
I cried for days, din’t eat a bite,
spent nights a‘counting sheep.

Then hunger knocked one afternoon,
I craved a spicy stew.
Aghast! the cupboard doors thrown wide!
I din’t know what to do!

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The cupboard doors I had removed,
And now I clearly see:
T’was not my son nor lovely wife,
The guilty one was me

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Writing Poem for Year’s End

Writing for year’s end
On paper thinking, today reflecting
Aimless thoughts a wander.
Judging not the honesty of this day,
The moment,
Tomorrow’s truth might morph.

But today I write
and today I know
I know
today.

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Differentiated Instruction

Yes!  Differentiated instruction is important.  Students need the opportunity to learn and show their learning in ways that are appropriate and motivating for them.

For a humorous take on differentiated instruction, watch this video:

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The Joy of Books!

The Joy of Books

http://www.teachertube.com/embed/video/281691

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Welcome MTSS!

Today the vertical team, the multi-tiered system of support, is visiting our school.  This is a great opportunity to get feedback on what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  Specialists  in areas of literacy, math, behavior, special ed., ESL, pre-K and kindergarten, … come to spend the day to see what/ how we are doing.

Some of the teachers and staff may get nervous when there are visitors.  Me?  I like feedback… especially when it is professional and leads toward growth.

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Thumb Challenge!

At La Cosecha I learned a new vocabulary-practice strategy: Thumb Challenge!

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Create a game board for each pair of students.  The example in the picture used two crowns from Burger King (sorry about the glare).  Along each side have the same set of vocabulary words and the word start. You could attach the words with tape, velcro, sticky notes. Then:

  • Have each pair of students sit knee-to-knee;
  • Place their thumbs at the starting line;
  • Partner A moves his/ her thumb to the first word and challenges partner B to define the word and use it in a sentence;
  • If partner B is correct, partner A asks about the next word; if not partner B asks partner A about the first word;
  • If neither partner can define/ use the word they need to get assistance.

Options: Use a third person to serve as the judge, deciding if the definition and usage are correct. Let students use notebooks and environmental print to aid them

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Consequence Wheel

Here is a fun, new graphic organizer:  The Consequence Wheel/ Ripple Effect.

Consequence Wheel

  • Put the topic in the middle;
  • Add the consequences in the first ring;
  • Add the details, both positive and negative in the next ring.

Use this to help students see consequences of events, understand cause and effect, …  Try it and see if it works for you

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