Monday, June 18, 2007

Ice Cream in a Bag

The last day of school is here. Why not celebrate with this fun activity? The movement required to make it may offset the calories in the ice cream!

What You Need:

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons Rock salt
  • 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • Ice cubes
How To Make It

1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!

Thanks to Robyn Lee for her photos posted on flickr.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Know Thyself

How often do we evaluate students and never share the results with them?

"Kids need to know themselves, and they need to know what to work on to help themselves."

from A Mind at a Time, Dr. Mel Levine.

Read the All Kinds of Minds June newsletter on Demystification. Have conversations with students about their learning differences and their strengths.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Wiki Wondering and Collaboration

Blogs,Wikis, RSS, Message your head spinning yet? There are so many new technology tools we could use if we just knew what they were! Karen Janowski from Teaching Every Student shared this video on her blog recently. It is called Wiki's in Plain English produced by The Common Craft Show, sense-making for the masses.

We have been doing more and more collaboration in the schools: writing progress notes together, teaming up to develop student goals and joining forces during evaluations. If you asked anyone, they would say email has been a good way to share and plan. That may be true in some cases, but watching this will make you rethink that notion. The video is under four minutes long, which is not even close to the time you will save when you start to use this technology tool with your colleagues.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Visual Tools

I watched the finals of the National Spelling Bee last night. After the seventh round, only one girl was left, Isabel A. Jacobson, a 14-year old from Madison, Wisconsin. She was wearing every bracelet she owned on one arm...25 and counting. They were described as her good luck charms, but I think they were more than that. As Isabel explained, "I don't know why it works. Maybe it's because looking at sparkling things keeps me calm."

Visual tools often help students focus and attend. We see this in the classroom as kids use a variety of items to keep alert by gazing at them. What appears to be a potential distraction may in fact be a very useful thing!