Month: January 2012

Cleaning Up – Not Required

How often do we make the kids clean up an activity when it’s time to go inside or transition to something else? Too often! Why can’t we let them leave a project up and give them the opportunity to come back to it?  Tweak it? Improve it? Include other inventors? Or just admire their handiwork? Wouldn’t it be maddening if everything you did at work was “undone” every couple of hours???

Day 1 of an outdoor building project using our beloved KodoKids materials

Later that afternoon, more tweaking necessary

Day 2 – I wouldn’t even let anyone clean up the green cup, just in case it was an important design element

Day3 – still standing and apparently it’s perfect just the way it is…..

Microblogging

Am I the only one in the world who has a profound objection to the likes of Facebook, Linkedin, Flickr, and Twitter? I think I might be. I was forced to join the world of microblogging for graduate school and I am going in metaphorically kicking and screaming . But how long I can stay on my high horse remains to be seen given that all the networking sites I joined are virtually littered with people I love, admire and am truly interested in “following”. All the teachers that I consider mentors are there – Bev Bos, Lisa Murphy, and Teacher Tom to name a few. So I will attempt to dial down my attitude and get out of these sites what I can use and if anyone wants to send me a tweet, I’m  Suzannah Evans @evanssuzannah

30 and counting

So if you’re following this blog at all, you may have noticed I recently posted my 30th entry. That minor milestone got me thinking about the value of the blog, blogs in general, and what I was writing about for KodoKids. Coincidentally, I had also just read an article for graduate school about exploring the use of blogs in higher education. One of the opinions of the authors is that blogs promote more interactive conversation and tend to improve student and teacher relations. I don’t know if I can pinpoint any big changes in my relationships with the kids, but I do think I have been more interactive with their parents because of this blog. The authors also suggest blogging in conjunction with education creates greater flexibility in teaching and learning in general, and I must admit that is definitely the case for me. This experience blogging for KodoKids has absolutely made me more reflective as a teacher and forced me to be more thoughtful about my teaching. I spend more time thinking about meeting the needs of the children and less about meeting my needs since I began to write this blog. So I strongly encourage any teachers out there who would like to reflect a little more or contribute to the world of education in general to get a blog started. It doesn’t have to be fancy or profound – just start writing and you never know who you’ll connect with or inspire. Thanks to everyone that inspires me and to KodoKids for this amazing opportunity.

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/ExploringtheUseofBlogsasLearni/153857

We all need one….

Sometimes what we all need is a friend who listens without judging, who doesn’t question what we were thinking or give us any attitude. And sometimes that friend isn’t human.

In a cozy little corner of the playground sits this ceramic rabbit and he’s been sitting there for at least 2 years.

Turns out, he’s a great listener and friend.

I once heard about a teacher who put up a poster of Whoopi Goldberg on the wall and when the kids came to tattle on someone or complain, her answer was “Go talk to Whoopi”. She said the kids would sit and talk to the poster for hours sometimes. So who says the shoulder you cry on needs to be an actual shoulder……….

We might all want to get a rabbit.