Welcome to the winter wonderland where the entire third grade hallway is covered in snow! Yep, you guessed it this is Britton Elementary School, where the school is decked out for the season, which is so wonderful because every student is excited for the winter spirit and is eager to celebrate. Every so often, the students do an A to Z geography activity where Mrs. Sutliff asks them to find a country, continent, state, city, ocean e.t.c that begins with the letter of the day. Today, the letter was G and the students were searching for Germany, and the idea sparked a conversation about different languages across the world and the differences in customs. Katie Sutliff is in France, and Mrs. Sutliff shared many stories about Katie’s travels and her ability to communicate with people of other countries and the skills that she is able to embrace. Later, the students worked on their math skills. Some students worked on coding, others worked on ST math, which is the math app, and others worked on their multiplication tables. I worked with little Alaina on her 4s and she struggled because she didn’t know how to do it, but she wanted to immediately give up and stop working, so she tucked her head in her hands and cried. Slowly, I encouraged her to continue to try and use her resources, but the process was difficult. But, I am impressed with how smart the students are and how much they’re learning.
Today I got to read Snowflake Bentley to my students and I love teaching. I love getting the opportunity to share something new to curious minds who are eager to learn! Afterwards, we all created snowflakes out of paper, and it was wonderful to watch all of the creative minds as they developed their unique designs. I had assumed that the students knew how to make the snowflakes, so I didn’t actually sit down and teach them how to do it, but I walked around and helped them. What I should’ve done was use the Elmo while I’ll created my snowflake and encourage them to mimic my movements. But, I think I did a decent job of transitioning from reading the book to beginning their snowflake because I asked them to grab their scissors and head to their seats, and I think that helped them organize themselves and it helped me prepare to teach. Because the lesson wasn’t an academic concept the students weren’t challenged, so it made my job easier, but it was beyond fun to teach the students, and it only makes me even more excited to become a teacher. I also brought them adorable little Christmas gifts, and it was evident that the students loved them. And, I even got my own Christmas gift from one of my students! It was so sweet, and it made me feel like a real teacher!
Today the students were celebrating their last day of school before break with parties and interesting activities. The students were creating snowflakes out of paper with paint and tons of glitter. When I came back to Davidson, I was covered in glitter, but the activity was tons of fun because I got to help them stretch their creativity! The way Mrs. Sutliff taught the students to make the snowflakes worked perfectly, so all of the snowflakes were beautiful. Later, the students went downstairs to an assembly and the zoo came to the school, and they brought an anteater, armadillo, a snake, a skunk and even more that I didn’t get to see. It was crazy! And it was evident that all the students were fascinated by the animals and learning about their habitats and unique facts about each one. Spending the past three days in Mrs. Sutliff’s class has been a blast! I can’t wait to come back after break!