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Water Near and Far: Relax, Review and Reflect

Patio Chairs with a View of Lake AlbanoIt’s Sunday! Take a few moments and sit yourself down mentally in one of those chairs in the photo. Peer out at Lake Albano in Italy. I find the still calm waters of a lake very soothing. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Imagine the sound of birds chirping, the warmth of the sun on your face, the aroma of flowers blooming along the lush forest.

Better yet, physically find yourself your own comfortable chair or bench, near a lake or in your favorite park, and relax. Think of all the things you are grateful for, and experiences and events that made you happy this week. Let them flow!

Now, let’s review this week’s theme—water!

Let’s get started.

Monday, June 8, 2015: Oceans and Rivers and Bays, Hooray. Images can be used as an introduction, for deepening and strengthening knowledge, and for review.

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) images to help students learn about bodies of water?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015: Lists and Links in the Classroom. Lists with embedded links can guide students with research.

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) lists and links in your classroom?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015: Amsterdam and Venice Aren’t the Only Cities with Canals. Use images to help determine if students understand vocabulary.

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) maps and images to help students understand new vocabulary?

Friday, June 12, 2015: Teach with the Beach. Math and science concepts using beaches.

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) the beach to teach?

Bays and bayous, creeks and canals, water is everywhere! In keeping with the water theme, I created a new Pinterest board, Water Everywhere, which contains photos of all different bodies of water. Go check it out! (What, you don’t have a Pinterest account yet—click here to register!)

Hopefully, you found at least one idea from the Water Everywhere Board to use in your classroom!

Leave me a comment and let me know which one you’re going to try! Better yet, comment directly on the Pin you liked the best!

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Photo Fun: Relax, Review and Reflect

Brussels Atomium ReflectionTime for a little reflection today. (Had to include this fun photo of me at the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium!) Seriously though, Sundays and summer are the perfect times for teachers to relax, review and reflect. Today, let’s review this week’s theme–images!

Let’s get started.

Monday, June 1, 2015Welcome to Travel with Mrs. T. School Edition. Hopefully you joined Pinterest, and checked out my Writing Centers Board!

  • Question for reflection: How do you use photos in your classroom or home to stimulate discussion!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: Instagram = Instant Interest. Another great app to start using, Instagram. One last chance to register!

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) Instagram?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015: WOWW Great Games for Everyone. Where Oh Where Wednesday posts are all about guessing/hypothesizing.

  • Question for reflection: How do you plan to use WOWWs in your classroom?

Thursday, June 4, 2015: Strategies for Selfies in the Classroom. Links to articles about using Smartphones and tablets in the classroom for selfies and other image-based activities.

  • Question for reflection: How do you use (or plan to use) selfies in your classroom?

Friday, June 5, 2015: Let’s Scream for Ice Cream… (or gelato, or frozen yogurt, or sorbet, or sherbet!) Ideas for activities focused on these frozen desserts.

  • Question for reflection: How could you incorporate images into your favorite compare/contrast activity to help engage students?

So, knowing that students love to take pictures, and most love having their pictures taken, I started a new Board on Pinterest called Photo Fun. In keeping with Travel with Mrs. T.’s post from yesterday, Invitations, Expectations, Graduations, some of the activities deal with fun things do for graduation or end of the school year, but others are perfect for first day of school, and bulletin boards/doors.

Hopefully, you found at least one idea from the Photo Fun Board to use in your classroom (or home!)

Leave me a comment and let me know which one you’re going to try! Better yet, comment directly on the Pin you liked best!

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