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?!?

For once, I actually took my students to a place where they liked the main attraction more than everything else! What I mean is, they usually just enjoy looking at water features. It’s literally their favorite feature of any field trip even if the water has nothing to do with the actual field trip. This time though, we went to the California Academy of Science where it’s all about the water and nature! They loved it! Since we’ve gone every year since I’ve started teaching in San Francisco and many of the students have been with me that many years, they already knew what to expect and what to look for. It was great!

A watery photo adventure:

[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: