Responsive Classroom and On Site Learning = New and Improved Teaching!

Today I'm delighted to link up with Hot Lunch Tray for Part 2
of the Summer Blog Challenge!

Responsive Classroom

Several years ago I took a Responsive Classroom class that greatly improved and changed my classroom routines in these ways:

1.  Morning Messages.  There are two Morning Messages for students every morning.  The first is on the "big screen" which details our schedule for the day:

The other Morning Message contains academic review or a poem to be read during Morning Meeting:

Click on the book cover to read more at Amazon!

You can read more about my Responsive Classroom learning experience here.

Leventhal Map Center

One class I took at the Leventhal Map Center (located in the  Boston Public Library) was
Mapping Boston's Role in the American Revolution.

During this class, we visited several Boston historical landmarks such as the Old North Church.  We even got to go "behind the scenes!"  We climbed to the first level of the bell tower where Paul Revere worked as a child and visited the crypt beneath the church.  Behind the church, there is a printing press and a chocolate shop.

Seeing history up close and personal definitely has helped me to become a better and more knowledgeable Social Studies teacher!  Plus, even though I live 20 minutes north of Boston, I never visit touristy places ~ which is really unfortunate for me!  

Do you visit tourist place where you live? I hope you're having an adventurous summer!


Super Summer Solstice & Vacation!

Happy Summer Solstice!  Although it may be officially summer, we're still waiting for "real" summer here in Massachusetts where it is cool and rainy.  The trees, the flowers and the grass all look amazing.  My pool looks amazing as well, but it's too cool to go in the pool!  Alas, I'm not complaining ~ this weather gives me the opportunity to do cleaning and organizing inside as well as to link up with Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Link-Up and with
 Erika Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites!

Flag Day

A long, long time ago, I can still remember when Flag Day was celebrated with a parade!  I still like to review a little of our flag's history with my Morning Message:

Field Day Fun ~ New Activity

I love this new dress-up activity for Field Day.  The boys and girls loved getting dressed up in these cool outfits; running down the field and back; changing out of the costume and dressing the new person up:

Father's Day Popcorn Fun

My students went to town with this fun "Pop" corn craft for Father's Day:

You can find the directions and templates for this fun craft here.

 Right now I'm on the Acela Express train to New York City to visit my daughter.  Have a wonderful weekend!


First Day of Summer Vacation & Professional Learning Goals

My last day of school was yesterday (June 19th).  Today is a rainy day so I have been tackling my disaster-area closet.  Just like in the Marie Kondo show, I emptied the closed; I cleaned it; I got overwhelmed...Needless to say, I will be finishing the job tomorrow ~ hopefully ~ or sooner rather than later....

I'm excited to link up to share some of my plans for this summer!  This post is week 1 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators.

District Professional Development

Next week I'm hoping to take away from new ways to improve my teaching with this training:

Engineering at Tufts!

I scoured the internet looking for an affordable and interesting class and came upon this:

Supporting Elementary School Students to Engineer
Date: July 23–26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: CEEO, Tufts, 200 Boston Avenue, Medford MA
Cost: $200
**This is a pilot program funded by a grant so we are able to offer it at a discounted rate with scholarships for local teachers.

Click here or on the course title to check out this opportunity!

This weekend my husband and I are visiting our daughter in New York City.  We're taking the Acela Express.  I do LOVE taking the train!  

Thank you for visiting today!  If you live in the Boston area, check out the above class!  


Currently ~ June!

Hello there!  I'm always delighted to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence for her Currently Link Up!


Right now I am picking out my mother of the groom dress for my younger son's wedding in September.  I've purchased these two dresses and I'm deciding which one to wear to the rehearsal dinner and which one to the wedding.  Please weigh in with your thoughts!

Click on the picture of each dress to learn more about each one!


The Woburn Historical Society does fundraising with the goal of offering all third graders in Woburn a trolley tour of the city.  Yesterday the third graders are my school had a perfect day for their trolley tour.  Many of the kids said their favorite part of the tour was our visit to the Common and the Veteran memorials.  In addition to the informative tour, the Woburn Historical Society gives each student a t-shirt and a book with pictures of the places visited along with background information.  Most importantly, each student received a goody bag with sunglasses and a yo-yo!


I ordered some shoes online from my favorite store: TJ .  I'm hoping that these fit because I love owls!  In addition, I ordered some wide width walking sneakers.


I'm starting to wear shorts and t-shirts on the weekends!  We've had cool and rainy weather in Massachusetts, and it seemed like spring would never come, but I'm happy to report that the weather is making progress!


I'm celebrating the arrival of summer vacation.  Our last day of school is June 19th, and my students and I are all ready to have a break from the school!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  Please let me know what you think of the dress options!

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