Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Conversations with a two-year-old

My two-year-old is hilarious. More often than not, I sit amazed at the words that come out of his mouth.

This is a conversation I have just had with Grant:

Grant: Mommmy, Mommmmmmmy, MOOOMMMMY!

Me: Yes, Grant?

Grant: I sick.

Me: (panic in my voice) What?! You are? What's wrong?

Grant: I sick.

Me: (thinking about the fact that someone at his school has just been diagnosed with the flu) Does your head hurt?

Grant: Nope.

Me: Your neck?

Grant: Nope.

Me: Your throat? (pointing to throat for reference)

Grant: Nope.

Me: Well, Grant, what is wrong?

Grant: (sitting up in my face) My pinger. Look, Mommy. My pinger hurts. (shoving his finger in my face)

He then went back to laying down, content that he informed me of his ailments.

He's two, y'all. How does he come up with this stuff?!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A thought to ponder AND a great accessory you need

I never leave home without it. I am on it more than I would like to admit, and without a doubt, it has become a vital part of my life. The smartphone. That little technology gadget that has revolutionized the term phone. It isn't a phone, really. It is a computer. A tiny little computer that never leaves my side. 

When I was in journal high, I imagined a classroom with 10 computers for students to use. Now I work in a classroom where each student has their own personal computer, and many have more than one. I live in a world where a computer can be found on a pair of glasses or even a watch. When I was your age, the closest we got was the Casio Calculator Watch. Yes, people wore these. We were cool. Do not judge us. 

I have a question, though. Has the smartphone made us smarter? Has this piece of technology helped us or is it the opposite? Are we relying on this piece of technology more than we are relying on our own knowledge? What are your thoughts? 

By the way, if you want a calculator watch, you can get them in different colors now. 

Yea, those weren't available back in my day. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

To play or not to play...that is the question

I am going to be out another day, so that brings me to a new extra credit assignment.

Image result for mr rogers quote about playing

What does this quote mean? Do you agree? In Google Docs, write your ORGANIZED response and share it with me. If you can find a few quotes to support your reasoning, that will help you receive more points!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Positive attributes

Too often we think of only ourselves. We focus on how we excel at one thing; however, we do not take the time to think that we have positive attributes that have an effect on others. Tonight's night write is asking you to think about one thing that you CAN do. Are you a good listener? Are you decisive? 

I did a quick search of positive attributes and found this website that had a great list of attributes if you are stuck. What attribute do you think you possess? Explain your positive attribute in the comments section!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Punny Times!

In honor of Valentine's Day drawing close, I wanted to share with you some  of my favorite punny Valentines. Do you have any that you just loooooove? 
Add one in the comments section below before Valentine's Day for the opportunity to earn extra credit. Click here to see student submissions! 

Why do I think that puns are a great way to warm up? 

Daniel Elkan wrote in an article for the New Scientist, "More than anything, the recent research confirms the fact that humour, an oft-neglected trait when considering our cognitive skills, requires a tremendous amount of brain power."  Dean Mobbs led a research team that showed that there was hightened (more) activity in two different regions of the brain, both linked with association formation, learning, and decision-making. Also quoted in the same science journal is Andrea Samson of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, "Getting a joke would seem - on the surface - to be a very trivial, intuitive process. But brain imaging is showing us that there is more going on than we think." 

So there you have it, 7th graders, humor is a higher order thinking skill! By beginning our day with a funny, we are making our brain power up! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Thesaurus

Okay, let's be honest for a second. We do not all have the very best of vocabularies. Even I find myself using the same words over, and over, and over, and over, and over (catch what I did there?!).

So what can we do to improve our vocabulary? USE THE THESAURUS! You know, that book that sits on the shelf in my room gathering dust? We do have Chromebooks now, but quite honestly, you need the practicing using the actual book. 

Now, when you are choosing words, you want to make sure that your choice does not overpower your sentence! Make sure that you don't get so thesaurus happy that your sentence stops sounding like YOU. I want to hear your voice throughout your essay; I do not want to hear the voice of the thesaurus.

You also need to make sure that you use the words correctly. This is probably the #1 issue with thesaurus use. Yes, I want you to use Groovy words; however, like I said above, I also want to hear YOU correctly in your essay. 

In the comments section below, share your favorite word and the meaning of the word that you looked up today! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Extra!! Extra!! Read all about it!

Do you need extra credit?

Earn 5 points on your next assignment!
Can you find a vocabulary word, comma rule, figurative language, or smiley face trick in your library book, newspaper, TV, or magazine? Tell me which one you found:

Write the sentence where you found it:

Write the name of the publication and page number (if it applies), or state the name of the TV show or commercial: 

Bring this information to Mrs. Kinsman to receive your extra credit! 

Let's reinvent the wheel, friends!

Hello, 7th graders!

I don't know if you can tell, but I am attempting to try a new format for our classroom. I have kept up with our class website for a while, but I haven't ever been completely happy with the way it looks. It is also a pain to keep updated! I am going to attempt this new format, and even bring over SOME of the information from our website. I know..I know...why can't Mrs. Kinsman ever be happy with that one thing? Well...it is because of great ideas from great friends!

Mrs. Foster called me this morning with an idea for using a blog in our classrooms, and that was the catalyst for this complete switcheroo (that is a word...I know it is!) Yes, the idea just came up this morning, and I am running with it!

Get ready, Cubs! New things are coming your way!