Yesterday was the last day of the 2017-18 school year. Per my usual procedure, my class has our grand annual celebration on the second to last day of school. This includes giving out academic awards, a mini promotion ceremony, a portfolio showcase, and a chance to share our class reflection video with families. It’s been quite the bittersweet year because it’s been very hard, but quite rewarding as well. Normally, I only teach students in the kindergarten through second grade class, but due to a lack of teacher for the third through fifth grade class, we combined the two and I taught a kindergarten through fifth grade class for the past four months! Talk about ridiculous! It was great to get a chance to celebrate with families though. All the students were super excited!


Smiling for the cameras!


This post is brought to you by another experience outside of the classroom. I am so thankful that San Francisco has so much to offer in terms of community experiences. This is definitely a benefit of teaching in a city rather than a suburb. Our most recent adventure was at the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium moved to the Embarcadero (Pier 15/17) a few years ago. I had actually never gone before so I was super excited to get a chance to go! This place is the best for kids because they truly get to touch and experience everything with their hands and bodies. For the first time ever, I didn’t have to say “no touch” to anybody during the entire field trip. The not-so-fun part is for teachers like me who have to constantly count to make sure I didn’t lose any of the students because parts of the museum are quite dark (necessary for the many super cool light and vision exhibits). The students get really excited and start moving around a fair amount too! But seriously, SO MUCH FUN!

An exploring photo adventure:

I absolutely love literary comparison units. For Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in my class, we did a really awesome literary comparison unit on various Asian versions of the Cinderella story. I liked this because most of the students had some idea about the traditional American Disney version. We watched a shortened video version (about 15 minutes) of it, too. Then we read 4 different Cinderellas from Asia: Korea, Persia, Cambodia, and China. The students really enjoyed comparing and contrasting the stories. We read them over three weeks and made our own versions of the books, too. Then we jigsaw-ed and each group was responsible for coming up with the cards for their Cinderella version. Each group had to answer:

Her name?
What happened to her mom?
How was her stepmother?
Who helped her?
What kind of footwear did she wear?
What was the ending?

At the end, each group shared out and we discussed similarities and differences.

Our bulletin board

Our amazing comparison poster

For our school’s annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, we always have a beautiful display case. This year, the school decided to work together and have as many classes as possible work together to create posters. Our theme this year was Many Language, One Proud Voice so we decided to have every class pick a language spoken in Asia and create a greeting poster with it. My class chose Persian, which is mainly spoken in Iran and parts of Iraq. Since in long ago Persia there were beautiful tile work and mosaics, my class decided to create a tile mosaic (using paper). Each student had their own piece. I think it turned out pretty nice!

Salam, chetori? means Hello, how are you? in Persian.

Our poster

This year for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I decided to do something a little different. Since I happen to have a number of older kids in the class right now, I thought it would be important for the students to compare versions of the same story. I decided on the famous Cinderella story and then went around looking for Asian versions of the that story. Lucky for me, this is an extremely old story and there are tons and tons of versions of this story including from Asia. We read the following versions:

Kongi and Potgi: A Cinderella Story from Korea by Oki S. Han
The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie

The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Kongi and Potgi: A Cinderella Story from Korea by Oki S. Han