So, partway through the second trimester, I’ve slightly changed the things in my metaphorical teaching bag. The stamp is still providing yeoman service. Quis has been joined by Hunter (the orange “imperfect” sheep), Squi (the squishy owl), and Cobry (the cobra). I’ve switched to using Attendance2 on the iPad instead of the index cards. The Latin Mallet came in handy for an breaking an instant ice pack to make it get cold earlier this week, as well as keeping time while we chant. A student got me a replacement silent pencil sharpener as a present after the first one broke.
For those of you recently joining us, around the beginning of the year, Lydia and I posted what was in our teaching bags. My version of that post is here.
As second quarter begins, a few things have been added to my teaching bag: Canis Maior and Canis Minor have joined their friends Bubo and the Golden snitch ball. We now use them to practice adjective of all degrees, as well as make up little stories…and we still toss them around the room!
Alesia the iPad is still with me, and spends much more time hooked up to the projector as we work to get our heads out of our desks and our books, and looking around the room more. I’ll talk about how I use Alesia and the posters I have around my room in a future post (probably April).
The Pencil Case, Moleskine notebooks, Class Folders, Popsicle sticks, and teaching binder are still with me, and still serving their purposes.
I have added Story Cubes, which I will talk about in detail in my March post. These are amazing for getting students writing, thinking, and creating stories!
I have also added CARDTamen to my bag, as we get going on seriously pulling our language, history, mythology, and culture together. I’ll write more about CARDtamen in my April post!
Do the objects in YOUR teaching bag change? Do you add things? Subtract things? Change the uses of previously added objects? Please share! We are all, I’m sure, looking for more ideas!