Archive for September, 2010

Fun in Tacoma, WA

While in Bethel, I went out to dinner with some of my friends (from Nelson Elementary) whom I’d met last summer and had kept in touch with throughout the year. We had so much fun at Indochine in Tacoma and got to eat in the “red tent!” (Have you ever read the book by that name? One of my favorites!) I even nibbled on an orchid as part of dessert (not one of my favorites). A great time was had by all!

Dinner in the red tent

All of us in the red tent

Trying an orchid for dessert

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Just like when we teach students, we built upon our successes with literacy work stations. From there, we learned how to teach with math work stations, too! As I talked about how to get started, I used the analogy of a cake with layers. One of the teachers is starting a new business, baking cakes, and brought one in for tasting. (Yum! I think she will be very successful!) I pointed to the cake and explained that the first 4-6 weeks of school are like the first layer of the cake. After it has been established, layer on small group instruction. A delicious lesson!

Teachers charted and shared successes they had with literacy work stations last year

We used a cake as an analogy for "layering" on small group instruction once stations are established (a delicious example!)

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A visit to Bethel, WA

How fortunate I was to work in Bethel, WA last week with hundreds of teachers getting ready to go back to school! This was a follow-up training, so we built upon successes and problem solved on what they’d been trying with literacy work stations since last summer. As an extra bonus, it was lovely being in a cooler climate and seeing all those big trees! I even got to eat lunch outdoors in August! Their playgrounds sure look a lot different than ours in Houston.

During the workshop we charted problems teachers had and how they solved them

Some teachers look at my blog online for follow-up ideas

Eating lunch on the playground

Mt. Rainier in the distance

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