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Encourage Your Coworkers

During this time of uncertainty, everyone around you is feeling the pressure of the unknown–even the secretaries and custodians. Have compassion on others. Be kind. Encourage. Appreciate others. Be aware that it isn’t just you feeling the pressure. It is everyone.

At times like these, even though you are pressed for time, take time that will multiply back to you. Do whatever is in your own heart for others in kindness. Here is an idea to help you spark an idea of your own.

I bought Reece’s cups for many of my coworkers and labeled it Reece’s for resiliency. Then I wrote a note to my teachers to tell them how special they were and how amazing all they were doing was.

Clean Your Classroom and Give Germs a Run for their Money!

I spent days dusting my new room this year. I consolidated a shared room and shared supplies from myself and a retiring teacher. There was plenty of DUST, so I sure was glad that my friend introduced me to Norwex cleaning supplies! They collect dust like nobody’s business. I saved a ton of paper towels and was much more efficient because I didn’t have to keep going back to get more paper towels. These cleaning cloths by Norwex are absolutely amazing! I have never seen anything like them! They clean an amazing amount of dust and disinfect with just a little water. I also use my Thieves creamer in a spray bottle. I’m not having to use Lysol. A simple rinsing out with water lets me start all over like I had a clean paper towel. I saved time and have a much cleaner and safer classroom! You can go here if you want to get a Norwex cloth, too.

Back to School Encouragement

I’m writing this post not to inform but to encourage. Just like the rest of the public school teachers across the nation, we are daily facing uncertainty. We want answers. We want things to stop changing. We want a routine. The known gives us comfort like hot cup of soup on a cold day. Sometimes, though, the uncertain and the changes reveal the broken system. We have many students leaving our public school system and going to private school. Parents are giving up luxury to enroll in private schools. Some parents are choosing to homeschool. Even further sell, some parents are choosing to work together to provide an education for each other’s children, working collaboratively. We have been stripped down to the very minimum…to what is truly important. Is this really a bad thing? Sometimes healing doesn’t feel so good when it is happening. Right now, we are in a healing process. A revealing of what is broken, and a heating if you will of our educational system. The results of this Will be better than what we are going through right now. Just know that it will be better and will get better. Then the “worst school year ever” just might be the “best school year ever”.

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How are you starting your school year with children? I am first going to start mine with some social emotional learning. I will allow mine to process what has happened to them the last few months and discuss this with their peers. Then hopefully we can resolve fears before I try to teach any curriculum. Otherwise the fears override the curriculum and not much learning happens.

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How I’m Going to Start the School Year

Armed and dangerous is how I am going to start my school year! It is quickly approaching although it has been delayed a bit for our school district. I am not afraid of getting COVID-19 or any other set of germs, but I am also going to be prudent to make sure my immune system is boosted. I certainly don’t want anyone to have a reason to jam a large cotton swab up my nose.

To keep myself healthy, I will be cleaning with Thieves Cleaner, diffusing Thieves essential oil in my ultrasonic cool mist diffuser, and taking 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red per day. Thieves keeps germs at bay with its cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary blend. The cleaner will also keep germs at bay and help me clean all surfaces such as tables. It is very economical taking only a capful for a whole spray water bottle. I got my spray bottle at the Dollar Tree. Ningxia helps keep my body spared from free radicals, makes my mind clear, and gives me an energy boost. If you are interested in getting some Young Living Products yourself, you can go here and sign up with my enroller and member number 2600343.

Happy Independence Day!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the lunar eclipse tonight! This is great if you are studying the phases of the moon! In case you found the eclipse imperceptible in the midst of fireworks or you miss this opportunity, learn about the eclipse and see it here and here.

World War 2–Don’t Miss this Social Studies Opportunity

Have you noticed the strong correlations between World War 2 and the Covid-19 pandemic. The connections are so ironic that you can’t help but draw connections to them through teaching. Your former students, children, and upcoming students are LIVING history. No book can teach what we have and are living through. In case you haven’t drawn the correlations yourself. Here are some

  1. Government turmoil in the U.S. and confusion around the world. This is similar to the time of Hitler’s reign in much of Europe.
  2. A shortage of items in the grocery store, especially toilet paper, initially beans, rice, pasta, and then meat choices. Thank God that we do have food in the grocery stores! Our lives could be much worse.
  3. During World War 2 people became connected through the radio. Today we are becoming ever more connected with social media. Even people who are elderly are learning to use social media and other technology.
  4. Quarantine because of COVID-19 is a lot like Jews hiding in homes. In fact during this time I had two different children pick up the book the Hiding Place without my prompting. Here is a great link for seeing Corrie Ten Boom’s old house.

Here is a resource I made that uses World War 2 as a platform to teach cryptograms. My students really enjoyed it! I hope yours do too!

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Free AMI Famous Failures and Animals (by student request)

Here is what I posted this week for enriching activities for my students. You are welcome to copy and paste this for your own students!

FAMOUS FAILURES

  1. Read about these famous failures:

Michael Jordan
I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan from this Nike commercial

Steve Jobs
I was a very public failure… I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

J.K. Rowling
You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Speech

Failure can be positive and negative. Think of some examples.
Failure can lead to success. When have you seen this happen?
Successful people experience failure. Do a Google search and find another example besides the ones above. Remember your example so you can share it on Friday.
Discuss these ideas with your parents.

ANIMALS

Watch these videos about endangered animals. Which animal is your favorite and why? Which animal do you feel you would most likely be able to help? How would you help them not become extinct?

Animals facing extinction
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TiRe3A-PSGE

Saving rhinos
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yICZ_x09ae0

Live rhino cam
https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/rhino-yard-cam/

Animal sounds
https://blog.rhinoafrica.com/2020/03/31/covid-19-top-10-safari-sounds/
Which animal sound can you imitate the best? Be ready to show off your imitation.

World War 2 Free AMI Enrichment

You are welcome to copy and paste the following for your own students’ benefit. We did these activities last week.

Do You Want to be a Spy?
Learn about World War 2 and the Enigma Machine

Watch these videos to learn some not VERY WELL known things about World War 2.’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZNayEPFKc

Solve some cryptograms.

Make your own cipher and cryptogram.

Learn some new vocabulary:

Cryptogram– a communication in cipher or code
• Cipher– a method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning
• Code– a system of signals or symbols for communication
• Spy– a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.
• Secret Agent– a person who tries to get secret information about another country, government, etc.
• Ally–a group of nations taking military action together, in particular the countries that fought with the US in World War I and World War II. (friend).
• Decipher-to interpret the meaning of
• World War II– conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939– 45. The principal enemies were Germany, Italy and Japan—and the Allies including the United States, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China. The 40,000,000–50,000,000 deaths incurred in World War II make it the deadliest and largest war, in history.
• Enigma Machine– a famous encryption machine used by the Germans during WWII to transmit coded messages. An Enigma machine allows for billions and billions of ways to encode a message, making it incredibly difficult for other nations to crack German codes during the war.

More Free and Editable AMI—Electricity

So, before the rest of the year became virtual, my students wanted to learn about electricity. I was rather disappointed that we wouldn’t get to learn about electricity, so I decided to give them my best effort at a week with AMI electricity learning. Below are my plans. You are welcome to copy, paste and adapt them for your students.

Learn About Electricity

FUN AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES for students

1.Unsafe electric conditions.
Watch this. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a52UVl3FoSA
Now, look around your house. Do you see any unsafe electricalconditions in your house? Tell your parents

2. How does electricity get to your house? Watch this.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=20Vb6hlLQS

3. Again with your parent’s permission turn on all the lights andmany items that use electricity. Go back and read the meter. Writedown the number. How did it change, and what did you notice?

4. Ask your parents if they can let you see all of the electric bills. Make a bar graph or line graph to show the cost of electricity foreach month for the last year. Which month was most expensive forelectricity? Why do you think so? Discuss this with your parents.

5. Build a lemon battery. This is a rather involved project, but youcan get all the materials at Wal-Mart. You can find alligator clipsand small light bulbs in the automotive section.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Lemon-Batteries-Lighting-an-LED-with-Lemons/

6. Read your electric meter outside. Write down the number, Beforeyou do this, turn off as many lights and appliances as possible. Askyour parents’ permission before you go outside, if you’re not surewhat your electric meter looks like or how to read it watch this.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I6UPkncvFhw.

7. Take a picture and post it to Dojo. Did you get the lemon battery to work? Do you think other fruits or vegetables would work? Which ones?

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I know number 7 is a little steep to ask of parents, but some students might accomplish this and what a much better idea than playing video games all day!


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