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.


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

I really like visiting museums when I am traveling because they give visitors so much more relevant information about a city and country. When I was in Edinburgh, Scotland, I made sure to make time to visit the National Museum of Scotland. This museum happens to be free, which made it that much more valuable because I got a chance to learn more about Scotland without having to pay a fee for it! It was wicked neat to learn about some of its history and culture as well as what the geographical area that makes up Scotland used to be like millions of years ago. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum when if you’re ever in Edinburgh!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old city

A Scottish photo adventure:

{sf} symphony for grownups

February 13, 2018

After our lovely meal at Corridor Restaurant, we headed down the street to Davies’ Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony. If you recall, I had recently gone to the SF Symphony on a field trip with my students. Because of that field trip, teachers were given the opportunity to request two free tickets. I chose February 9 in order to get to hear Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, which was quite impressive! Suffering through a field trip (even though I love them and hate them at the same time) was totally worth it to get these free tickets. It’s possible I enjoyed the second half during which the symphony played Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 even more!

Free tickets!

View from the upper tiers

All dressed up

View from the “tongue” of the Davies Symphony Hall building

Getting ready to begin

[room 209m] heritage quilts

February 8, 2018

We’ve been celebrating African American Heritage Month this February at school. Aside from all the reading we’ve been doing, the art teacher at my school (who is awesome) taught the students about quilts. During slavery (and other times) families would make quilts and pass them down each generation in their family. Some families still have these super old quilts. Other families have created newer ones that are just as amazing and tell stories. While the art teacher wasn’t actually going to teach my students how to quilt, she did neat quilting projects with various classes at my school. The students worked on combining shapes, colors, and patterns. They also talked about symmetry. What a fun and relevant project for the class!

A quilting photo adventure: