Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sticks and Stones...

So I started thinking about my post "Meet the Teacher" and what I truely valued... wheels started turning... then I remembered a poem I had read a long time ago.

I think I will post this in my classroom and teach it to my students.  I think it will benefit us two ways; 1) to remind the students to speak to each other with kindness 2) to remind me that my words have a huge impact on others.




 Sticks and Stones

How do you promote kindness in your classroom?

4 comments:

  1. I love the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. I have used it with Kindergarteners and 3rd graders in the past, and it really seems to make a difference.

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  2. Hi,
    Love your blog! so many great ideas!! Do you have the word family poems in a word or pdf file? if so, could i have those? I am wanting to use your idea of putting them into a poetry notebook. Do you use only those word family poems? and I noticed that the kids find and circle all of the -at words. Do you use it as a center activity? and if so, what other extensions do you use to keep their attention afterwards? thanks!

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  3. Thank you Randi! I'm glad you found me. My word family poems come from a few different sources. I'm going to get those resources organized and I will post them with in the next few days.

    Yes, my students do search for and circle the words, then illustrate the poem. I walk around and murmur my teacher talk, "Ohh... look at you go... Wow, you found so many..." I also tell them how many words are in the poem, so they can go back and find them. This usually only takes 5 minutes-ish. I don't use this as a center... but I could by having them share other poems with their partners, or using the highlighter tape on my large charted poems.

    I hope this answers your question. I will have the information post here by the end of the weekend. :-)

    Deedee

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