As you must have heard, we did NOT capture a leprechaun this year. The pictures show it all...they made a horrible mess which all the students and parents had to clean up. It was certainly a disappointment but we learn from our experiences, there is always next year!
In Room 6, it was a week of green. In science, we used loupes to look at seeds and even set up a germination experiment to see what happened when seeds began to grow. Cooking had the same theme as the students made delicious green shakes from spinach, pineapple, banana and coconut milk. We spent our literacy time writing to the leprechauns, putting the finishing touches on our homes and setting out our traps and after the fact...writing our reflections when they got away. The leprechauns did leave a note indicating that their friends, the fairies, might be stopping by. Room 6 will be collaborating with Room 7 and we will extending our unit of the "wee" folk and learning more about fairies and how they live. That might mean more building in our future if the students are interested. Stay tuned!
On a more serious note, I have been looking forward at the calendar that we have approximately three months left of school this year! I realized that student led-conferences have been scheduled the same week as Box City, which is in June. I would like to propose moving conferences up, perhaps the end of April to the beginning of May. My rationale for this consideration is that the end of the year is always busy and students often begin checking out in anticipation of summer. There is still quite a bit of work to be done but I would like to schedule conferences earlier if no one has any objections. If you have any concerns about this change, please let me know. I am sure we can work things out. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss things further. Thank you!
Food For Thought...
As part of our professional development this past Friday, the D2 staff discussed a philosophy of inclusion called the "Capacity Model". Implementing this type of program in our classrooms is challenging for all of us and we discussed how we need to think outside the box to support our special need students in our community. We viewed a TedTalk from Dan Habib as a powerful reminder that the work we do at D2 does make a difference to all our children. I hope you will take the time to view this important reminder...
Here is the link: