How to Use Storytelling Yoga in the Classroom

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classroom storytelling yogaIf you have an extra 15 minutes you can accomplish three things in your classroom:

  • Calm yourself and your students
  • Engage them in a story
  • Become more physically fit

You can accomplish all of this through Storytelling Yoga. It combines two popular yet age old activities; storytelling and yoga. The benefits of both activities alone are incredible, but when combined, you will likely engage more students than you normally would using only one of the two. This appeals to visual learners, audio learners and kinesthetic learners. Continue reading



Grant Writing for Teachers – Why You Should Apply

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grant writing teacherWhy would you want to be a grant writer for a school? It’s a lot of work to pull together a grant application. And it’s even more work if you’re fortunate enough to receive the grant. You have to keep records, prove that you’ve spent the money properly, and record the results of your program — even if those results are not positive. So why even put yourself through the grant-writing process?

The best, most successful grants are not usually written with just the money in mind. True, money can help move the change process along, but if your purpose for writing grants is truly to better the lives of students and teachers, the chance for success in doing that improves dramatically when you have a positive, well-defined grant program in place.

What challenges are your students facing? What do they need help learning in your school? What behaviors are they exhibiting that might get in the way of achievement? Can your students read at grade level? Are they proficient enough in math to make major purchases without being ripped off? Can they speak English well enough to live productively in American society? Are your teachers trained well enough to truly educate every child in their classrooms? Continue reading



Classroom Book Activity – Rosie’s Walk

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Classroom Book Activities for: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Story Summary

Rosie the hen is going for a walk on the farm. As she walks around the farm, she doesn’t seem to notice the fox following her. Read to find out what happens to the fox and if Rosie can get back home safe.

Recommended Age: 1st Grade

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce Rosie’s Walk. As a whole class, do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as flour and mill. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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#MatchItMonday for Students & Staff

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#matchitmonday bulletin boardOne of the goals that we have as teachers is to engage our students on many different levels. We not only want to deliver high quality instruction, we want to make our schools a fun place to be.  

This year at my school my colleague, Stephanie (@stephy_morgs) and I decided we wanted to have some fun with our students and staff. We brainstormed and thought of the things that our students enjoyed most outside of the classroom work. Our school has different themed weeks throughout the year and the kids dress up on those days in different types of outfits and they love it! Continue reading



Cosmic Bowling Activity for PE Class

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cosmic bowling Pe classPhysical education teacher Andrew Beckner shares this creative cosmic bowling activity that he uses for his PE class.

One week per school year, the lights are turned out in the gym, but the students’ energy levels are turned way up! It’s cosmic bowling time. The same cosmic bowling that most adults have had the opportunity to enjoy at least once in their lives.

Gym Set-up for Cosmic Bowling

For this event, the gym is illuminated with a combination of holiday (Christmas) lights, and two disco type colored lights that change patterns (the smallest version of the ION Audio Block Party). Finally, we projected a visual effects scrambler design that can be displayed through Windows Media Player, by placing the projector on the other side of the gym. This stretched the image across the whole wall. Next, my teaching partner and I set up 12 “lanes” of plastic bowling pins. Since it can be a little difficult to see whose pins are whose in the dark, we put colored tape on the top of each pin, as well as matching colored tape on the floor where each pin should be reset. Continue reading



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