Block 2 outing- HSM3! October 27, 2008
Me-Map September 23, 2008
The model for my Me Map is a scrapbook! I love to make scrapbooks so I thought this would be a good way to represent me, since its on of my favorite hobbies. Inside you will find different pages with pictures and adjectives about me. I thought this would be great for third graders to see their teacher in a fun and different way. I put pictures in there from when I was little, and even somethings about me that might make them laugh.
I also chose this way because I think that kids would enjoy doing this, and if it were my class I would want them to do something similar to this. I would want it to have pictures and explanations of things they do and do not like. Even if its drawings, magazine clippings, or actual pictures. They can make it their way, but I think using a scrapbook form would be fun and easy for them to keep up with.
Pirate Unit… argggg September 11, 2008
I really liked getting to read this, and actually see how the whole unit comes together. I love how it brings social studies to life, and makes something that happened so long ago still seem so real today. I mean, I know it is real today, but like it actually just happened. It makes it enjoyable and exciting for the kids.
I also thought that the areas were awesome! I know that I would enjoy walking into a room with a ton of interesting pirate facts, and models in my classroom! Such a wonderful way to get students excited about what they are going to be taught.
I really like the way the unit tested to make sure that students knew what they were being taught, but in a fun and interesting way, not just a test or something like that. Each lesson that was used showed how to enhance a students learning. I really liked how the students were asked to compare and contrast the fiction and non-fiction books. That way there were able to learn a fun story, but also learn the differences between what was real back then, and what wasn’t. I’m sure these students learned a great deal of historical information just from this lesson.
I also really liked how each lesson allowed the students to be creative. Not only were they learning, but they were getting to actually be like pirates. Making wanted posters, keeping a diary, and getting to find out how pirates lived back then. Even learning the pirate “lingo.” I think this is an awesome activity to get to do with kids. A great way to get them excited about learning! I can’t wait til we start this pirate unit and actually get to work on this ourselves!
History of My Name September 3, 2008
My name is Jessica Lauren Grindstaff, but please don’t call me Jessica! I go by my middle name Lauren and once im married Lauren will be my first name not Jessica. I started going by Lauren when I was in Kindergarten, because I have always disliked my first name, Jessica. I think I would even pitch fits and get mad if I was called Jessica. Not sure why I didn’t like it that much, but now i am just so use to Lauren it seems weird being called Jessica.
Anyways, I just recently found out that Lauren is both a masculine and feminine name. Its a variant feminine form of the name Lawrence, which originally was a masculine name. It was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Preske, who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name. I thought that was pretty inter sting. When I asked my mom a long time ago why she named me Lauren, she said that it wasn’t a very common name then and she wanted me to stand out. I can tell you though, every mother in 1986 must have though that because there were a ton of Lauren’s at my high school, and I even know a few here at ASU.
Since Jessica is my first name, I decided to find out the meaning behind it as well. It was first used by Shakespeare in one of his plays, “The Merchant of Venice.” In the play the name belongs to the daughter of Shylock, whoever that is because I haven’t read the play. It says that Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name Isach, which would be spelled, Jesca in his time. Also, it wasn’t a very commonly given name until the middle of the 20th century, but it sure is popular now.
I’m honestly not too sure about my last name, Grindstaff. Basically all I know that it is German, but as far as the background I wasn’t able to find out to much.
Also, there is some pretty interesting information I found out about my name as well. There are apparently 747,351 people in the United States that have the first name Jessica; its also the 61st most popular name. There are 215,054 people named Lauren in the U.S. and its the 301st most popular name. Grindstaff however, not so popular, Only 2,867 people have this last name and its the 11,273rd most popular name.
This made me feel pretty special though: There are only 2 people with the name Lauren Grindstaff and there are only 7 people named Jessica Grindstaff.
I thought that getting to look at these websites was pretty interesting. I found out a lot of neat things that I didn’t know about my name!
Notebook Know-How #2 September 1, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this section of Notebook Know-how. I felt like this has helped me to learn how to launch the use of a notebook in my future classroom. Also, how to introduce different ways for students to think about their writings, and also how to start their writings.
I thought that the history of a name was a great idea for a writing topic, because it would give students time to examine themselves, and discover why they were given that name and if it holds any significance. Also, writing from a list was great. It gives students a chance to think of things they like and dislike, which gives them so many topics to choose from. I think my favorite mini-lesson was the one dealing with questions. I loved the little girl Erin who wrote about Adam and Eve, and whether or not they had belly buttons. I think using this will give teachers a chance to learn things about their students, and the randomness of the questions that may pop into their little heads. I think that the observations lesson was great because it would also help them out in other subject areas such as science. Through this students will start paying more attention to sights, smells, and even sounds around them.
The daily pages I think are wonderful as well, because it gives the students a chance to open their minds up for the rest of the day, and get rid of anything that could interfere with their school day. This to me shows a great purpose to writing, when other teachers may be discouraged from it. Also, writing from literature is a great way to incorporate writing in the classroom, if a teacher feels as though there isn’t enough time. I think this is a great way for students to connect to what they are reading, and even question the authors motive. I also really liked writing from a word, because this is a great way for kids to be creative when writing about a random word. It allows them to explore and make their own assumptions.
Rereading and highlighting is wonderful as well. It allows students to evaluate themselves and their writings, which will be so hopeful later on in life. It also helps their writing in the lifting a line mini-lesson. I though it was wonderful how Christopher could elaborate so much, and create such wonderful writing out of one line that he discovered in a previous story. It allowed him to see how great of a writer he is, and what promise he really has.
I really just enjoyed every lesson that she has written in this section, and I know that it is going to be very useful for me when I start teaching. I love how she broke down every lesson into how, why and, extensions. Also, I loved at the end how she listed her expectations for the writing notebook. It helped me to see what she expected from her students and what the students can depend on from her. It gave me great ideas and allowed me to see the things that I need to look for when I launch this activity with my future students.