As everything is evolving in the 21st Century, so is Bloom's Taxonomy. Bloom's should be an important component when preparing lessons, maintaining higher expectations, and higher order thinking skills. This is not only beneficial to our ELL students, but to all students. You will find an updated version below and a short Seinfeld video series that speaks to each level.
I am excited to start the discussion about the new Bloom's Taxonomy in PLCs this week!
Three years ago, as I was pondering my New Year's resolutions, I stumbled across a "One Word" challenge on Twitter. After researching the origin, and meaning behind campaign, I thought it was for me. I have made endless New Year's resolutions that would stick with me for a month, sometimes two, then they would vanish. The "One Word" challenge simplified my resolutions. I printed several small posters with the word and strategically hung them in my classroom, office, on my mirror in my bathroom, on my refrigerator... places that I would be sure to see the word every single day to remind me of my challenge for the year. It has worked well the past two years, and the words were definitely a force of inspiration for me in all areas of my life. My One Words: 2015: Grow 2016: Diligent As I have been reflecting on 2016, two words have continued to come up: Impeccable and Intentional. Both words would serve the purpose for me, however one word had a lasting memory. During my Masters Program I read a book, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. I decided to get the book off the shelf and reread the section on Impeccable. I discovered so many wonderful sentences and quotes that I had highlighted several years ago. I didn't stop my research there, I went to my bible. I began to read scripture that spoke of the way we use words, my favorite was Proverbs 25:11. I decided this must be my One Word of 2017:
During 2017 I am going to diligently work on speaking impeccably about myself. I will take responsibility for my mistakes but I will not judge or blame myself. I am going to spend my energy in the direction of truth and love of myself and others, for anything else is a sin. My words can create the most beautiful dream, or can destroy everything around me. I do not see myself as a gossip, however I am in places or circumstances from time to time that gossip is present. It is a poison that just can not ever be good for the soul. Every person that gossip touches is effected negatively. This year I will be reminded daily to walk away from those conversations, to be happy and at peace with the world. Here I come 2017! Teachingly, Mrs. Hime
How do you contribute to the culture of your school? Are you contributing in a positive or a negative way? Small things can make a huge difference when thinking about the culture on a campus.
When I arrive at school (work) each morning around 6:30ish I make the decision to have a positive day. I ask myself, "How can I make a positive difference in a situation or in someone's life". I begin with saying "Good Morning" to each person (big or little) as they come through the office. It is amazing the difference that makes, it sets the tone for the day.
Before Rise & Shine I make my way around the gym to give a quick hello and hugs to students. Some days there are students that I specifically drop by to start their day off with a kind word. A smile or encouragement can make a huge difference in the way the day will play out.
I believe in having a Servants Heart. I am around the school campus each day and I am not afraid to to clean a bathroom, empty trash, teach a quick lesson, or to simply listen and give advice. Whatever needs to be done, we all need to pitch in and see that it is done.
Leaving little notes for staff and students is wonderful way to boost the culture. Celebrating events in the lives of your co-workers and being exciting for even the small things in their lives will go a long way in building relationships and culture too.
When you are able walk onto your school campus and choose to be positive in all situations, solve problems not create havoc, you will see your culture begin to change.
"Tis the Season"... This year I have taken on our second through fourth grade Gifted and Talented group. It is comprised of nineteen students that are excited to try new things and dive into the unknown. I thought it would be a wonderful learning experience for the students to serve others and enjoy the gift of giving during this time of year! We are currently in the middle of hosting a Food Drive on our campus. As of last Friday the students have collected a little over 700 food items which, along with items collected this coming week, will be donated to the local Mission House. The students announce the Food Drive each morning in Rise & Shine then collect and count the items each day. Last Friday afternoon the students RAK'D the faculty and staff on our campus. They wrote positive messages, added a candy cane, then placed the notes on each car in our parking lots that surround our school. We even got thank you tweets! Our next project will begin this week, decorating sacks for the Winter Feed. The students will illustrate Christmas scenes on bags that will be filled with food and little surprises for community members that attend our district Winter Feed during the Christmas break. The students will end this unit of serving and giving by putting on a skit that will span over four days during all three lunches the week before break. This idea came up while our class was brainstorming ideas, and the rest is history!
If you want a feel good activity this time of year, get a group of seven through ten year olds, brainstorm ways to serve and give to your school and community, the benefits are endless!
This Thanksgiving I am "Thankful to be an Oklahoma Educator"! I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work in seven school districts (taught in six), each one different, but fabulous in their own way. I have held many positions over the years: financial secretary, cheerleading coach, test coordinator, mentor, technology integrationist, ELL, GT, and assistant principal. I have taught high school, pre-k, and everything inbetween. I have a pretty colorful resume: Teacher of the Year and Regional K20 SKIE award winner are two highlights that I cherish. I have had amazing colleagues and have learned from each of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting many incredible families across the state. I have had sad moments in my career when students have passed away and discovering abuse of a child. I have celebrated happy moments such as when the "lightbulb" goes off and students "get it". Oklahoma education is not perfect, but when I signed up for this career I knew it wasn't going to be. I knew what I was getting into. I knew I wanted to make each day an exciting learning adventure for the students of Oklahoma. I have put my whole heart into this state for many years. I stand up for what is right, never losing sight of the fact that parents are trusting me each day with their most precious treasure. I am thankful to be an Oklahoma Educator, I love my job! Thankful, Mrs. Hime
The students have been studying the election process since mid-September. They have defined election vocabulary, researched the election process, visited the County Election Board, designed and hung posters around the campus to advertise the big day, and this past Tuesday they hosted a Mock Election for approximately five hundred second, third, and fourth grade students on Southwest campus.
Each GT student worked the election in one hour shifts. They manned the sign-in table, ballot box, handed out "I Voted" stickers, and counted ballots.
The students announced the winner during Rise & Shine Wednesday morning to cheers from the campus. They were so excited Hillary Clinton had won ( I don't think they realized their winner was not the nation's President-elect).
I can't wait to meet with them this week to hear their thoughts on the big day: What worked, what didn't work, what could we do differently next time...
Global Read Aloud 2016 wraps up this week! This was my 4th year to participate, but my first to host a Gifted and Talented book club group made up of second through fourth graders. We have meet each Monday over the past six weeks to have lunch, discuss our book (The BFG) , reflect, and complete activities. Our book club began with a Mystery Skype to determine the location of our WRA 2016 partners, they were a group of fourth graders from North Carolina! Each week the students have completed a reflection activity in Seesaw. The students collaborated to construct and publish a Gooblefunk Dictionary (you can scan the qr code below to view it). They also each wrote a dream of their own on Dream Jars, they were fantastic!
We will end our book club tomorrow (Monday) with a pizza party, discuss the ending of The BFG, and reflect in Seesaw. I believe that each day should be an exciting learning adventure, the past six weeks has been an awesome one! Teachingly, Mrs. Hime