This year, I decided to teach about all four seasons: one week per season. The first season we learned about was winter because I was able to easily transition from learning about African American Heritage Month to winter by reading the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. For our winter week, we read The Mitten by Jan Brett and Winter by Ron Hirschi. On Friday, we created a beautiful mural about winter. Take a look!

Our winter mural

In the winter, we play snowball fight.

It is white.

In the winter I drink hot chocolate.


Recently, I’ve turned from just being the kindergarten to second grade special education to having room full of kindergarten through fifth grade students! It’s like a one-room school house up in here! Having much older kids in my room for sure has turned the dynamics a bit. For one, there’s more foul language (which of course I hate, but sometimes you have to choose your battles). Beyond that, ten year olds are a bit different from five year olds and are interested in different things. Granted they do still all love building with wooden blocks and all kinds of silly little kid stuff. The older kids love eating hot chips though and recently (since it’s been raining), they’ve created a hot cheeto eating contest in my room during recess! It’s absolutely ridiculous … but I’ll allow it. Besides, there’s MUCH bigger fish to fry than the hot ships they’re stuffing in their mouths!

Recently my classroom has grown pretty significantly in numbers. This means many new students and many new students with pretty significant behaviors that interfere with their learning and the learning of others. A few of these students are what are called “runners”. They seem to think that running away, particularly, running out of the classroom, is a super fun game. It’s really not a fun game. Not. At. All.

It’s a runaway!

What is happening here?!?

I like to keep the bulletin board outside my classroom as updated as possible. Mainly this is because mostly everyone thinks that just because my students have special needs that they aren’t able to accomplish much. I really try my best to dispel that completely ignorant and wrong accusation about my students. Not only are many of them at or above grade level, they are incredibly smart and work harder than any typical kid, just to get to that point. This year, my theme has been “We aim higher! We grow smarter!” For African American Heritage Month, we learned about a bunch of different character traits. The students made posters to represent what each of the character traits meant to them: determination, tolerance, appreciation, friendship, and equality. I hung a few of them (at least one or two from each student) up on the newest iteration of the bulletin board outside my classroom. I think it looks pretty good, don’t you?

Bulletin board outside the classroom

[room 209m] character traits

February 22, 2018

We have finally come to the end of our African American Heritage Month unit. Throughout the unit, I wanted the students to learn about five important traits: determination, tolerance, appreciation, friendship, and equality. We learned about these by reading various books.

To learn about determination, we read Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. Even though her classmates didn’t think she could be Peter Pan, Grace was determined to try her best.

To learn about tolerance, we read The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. The characters in the book learned about different skin colors and how they can all be so beautiful in their own way.

To learn about appreciation, we read Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. The young girl in the book learned that there is always something beautiful and that if something is not beautiful, she has the power to change it.

To learn about friendship, we read Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill. In the book, Jamaica found a stuffed dog and learned that making a new friend was more important than keeping something that wasn’t hers.

To learn about equality, we read Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to fight for all people’s equality.