On "Dot Day" our students are encouraged to overcome negative critics and self doubt. They were set free to create. Some used computers. Some used crayons, markers, or pencils on paper. The message, "Just try.. Do your best. See if you can learn, persevere, and do even better. Then sign it." How will YOU make your mark today?
In his heartwarming book, The Dot, author Peter Reynolds introduces us to Vashti. She believes she "can't draw". Her teacher helps her to reconsider. Vashti overcomes her poor self image, and becomes a prolific creator. Then, in a tender moment, she passes on lesson.
Our students are encouraged to overcome negative critics and self doubt. They were set free to create. Some used computers. Some used crayons, markers, or pencils on paper. Just try. Then see if you can learn, persevere, and do even better. How will YOU make your mark?
The goal of the Texas Bluebonnet Award program is to encourage reading for pleasure. The titles are chosen for both quality and appeal to children. In order to vote, children must read at least five of the titles on the list. Reading the entire list is not required as the titles are chosen to be appropriate for a wide age range. In January each year, students vote for their favorite of the 20 titles on the list, thus using critical thinking skills in selecting their choice. The winner is announced in February and the award presented at TLA’s annual conference in the spring.
The TBA reading program is one of several developed by the Texas Library Association for readers of all ages. Click here for more information about these books.
The reason I teach it to young students is because it develops critical thinking. That is a skill used in all subjects of school, all aspects of life and will serve them no matter what occupation they choose. Better problem-solvers will continue to be in high demand regardless of the economy or innovation.
Chess is not a fad. The game is centuries old and for good reason! It is easy to learn, challenging to master, played worldwide, and beneficial. And the students say, "This is FUN!"
We started of with the message of safety is vital. We discussed how to respect and protect ourselves, other people, and equipment. Students agreed (digitally) to the Responsible Use Agreement. You can see the FISD Policy here. I showed them an abbreviated form that broke it down to an elementary reading level of comprehension.
Afterward, students began learning the basics of Chess. They loved it!