Friday, May 17, 2013

A Week Later

It's been a crazy, fun week!  We had everything from running laps, pajama parties, pizza parties, game/mim-golfing parties, and lots of laughter mixed with a few tears.  We even made s'mores in a solar oven (made from a pizza box) to finish up our heat and light unit.  It got SUPER messy!

This afternoon, I updated our bulletin board out front.  We have our fun pictures mixed with running for Boston.  The pictures are an upgraded version of what I did last year.  We talked about what we would like to be when we grow up.  I wrote that down on a whiteboard for them to hold.  They then got to hold it, put on some fun glasses, and took a picture!  The title was going to be "Our Future's So Bright We Have to Wear Shades."  Then we wanted to add in the Running for Boston totals.  Here's what we've got know.

Our total for the week includes the miles that we got from a few other classes.  I just got a few more miles that we can add to it.  We're at 392.25 this week!  Almost 400!!  These kids are incredible.

We also had our art contest for the design on our fliers.  This is what we came up with:

Only 12 more days until Summer Break but I'm sure going to enjoy them!!  :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Most Inspiring Students" Award Goes To...

...Liliana, David, and Hawke!  These three are in my morning class.  Today, I had us go out and run one lap before they could start recess.  During recess, these three kids kept running!  They ran 6 laps, or a mile and a half each.  Then we came in and they announced that they wanted to start a running club during recess.  Monday through Thursday during both morning and lunch recess, they plan on running as long as they can.  Well, I think this in and of itself is pretty awesome.  However...

...we stepped it up a little bit.  I told them that I had heard of a group that was attempting to finish running the miles that were left unfinished in the Boston Marathon.  All those runners who were unable to finish because of the bombing left a total of over 8,000 miles uncompleted.  (Visit this facebook page for more details).  As soon as they heard about this, they wanted to know how many miles they had run and if they could add it to her project.  So we added them up.  They ran a total of 9.25 miles this morning.  But...

...It doesn't stop there.  My kids are seriously amazing. Liliana, David, and Hawke decided that they wanted to keep track of how many miles they ran during the week with their running club so we could contribute to the Run for Boston project.  We spent the next 45 minutes forgetting about the lesson I had planned and worked together as a class to figure out how we could make this work.  We set up a system of tallying our laps as we ran and are even having an art contest to see what picture would best work on our poster.  We want to get the whole school involved if we can.  It's going to be a lot of work, but they are so excited about this new project.  I've never seen them so excited and work together so well.  We found a way to start today during our lunch recess and my kids got the word out to the other third grade students.  We had SO MANY join us in our run.  They took care of everything by themselves today and it went off so well!!!!  After just today's running we have a combined total of 66.5 miles run!  These third graders are truly amazing!!

This has also helped wrap up the Leader in Me program that we've been introducing this year.  We are trying to encourage the students to step up and become leaders in the class, school, and community.  During our discussion, we were amazed to find that we were using all 7 Habits at once and we felt so good about it!  

Here are some pictures I took as I came out at the end of lunch to see how things were going. They were all so happy to help show their support.  Today was such a great and inspiring day!  I am so proud to know and teach these incredible children.

(David is in the orange shirt)

(Hawke is in the light orange shirt with the awesome hair!)
(Hawke again in the orange, Liliana is bringing up the next group in the blue shirt)
(Liliana in the lead)