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How to Make INTRINSIC LEARNERS! #Kinderfriends

How to Make INTRINSIC LEARNERS! #Kinderfriends

How to Make
INTRINSIC
Learners!
I am right in the middle of Teacher-Parent Conferences.
I work at a Title 1 school with 99% FREE LUNCHES.
LOTS of LOW INCOME, struggling families.
WONDERFUL people..
Just that education is NOT one of the top 3 items on their survival list!
AND THEIR KIDS KNOW IT!
So how do I…1 person…help the kids WANT to LEARN?
(Especially because  a lot of them…are FAR FAR BEHIND?)
HOW can you MAKE someone an
INTRINSIC LEARNER??
You CAN’T!
 You can’t MAKE anyone “want” anything!
BUT, you can give them 3 three things to HELP:
#1
You can give them MOTIVATION!
Find the “carrot”.
Watch, listen, talk!
Find the “thing” that will help add some “DESIRE” to change!
What “thing” will help spark the desire?
#2
Make it FUN!
As we all know….
If it’s FUN…exciting…enjoyable
WE WILL WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!
Spark their creativity!
Do something THEY want…
Add some SPICE to the day!
Laugh!  DANCE!  Giggle!
#3
Make them believe they can do ANYTHING!
A little FAIRY DUST…
A LOT of  “I BELIEVE IN YOU!”
And …They can FLY!
( You know what I mean…)
Show them how to be better, how to EXCELL..how to do it ALL!
 I think the conferences have made me rethink my day.
If I can keep them IN SCHOOL ( maybe even on time & ALL day!),
 If they know I BELIEVE IN THEM,
 and I give them fun & exciting reasons to be HERE…
We can learn…. from each other!
Help them, help themselves!
You can MAKE intrinsic learners!
Let’s start TODAY!
My friends and I  at
KinderFriends are having a
Blog Hop!
Lots of goodies & great ideas for
BACK TO SCHOOL!
My store has some BTS goodies marked down for YOU!
And a FREEBIE!
Check out #Kinderfriends at TPT
( Type in #kinderfriends in the search bar…Goodies for YOU!)
 Giggles, Grins, Hugs & High Fives!
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for more GOODIES!

Nibits for Newbies 12.6.15

If it’s Sunday…

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s theme…

KINDNESS  CARDS!

Kindness cards are nothing new.

But, I think in the classroom they can take on new meaning.

We have been doing kindness cards for years.

I work in a Title 1 school where the holidays can be very…different.

Santa DOESN’T come to EVERY child’s house.

A new pair of shoes is….MAGIC!

So please…be very careful when you talk of the

“JOLLY OLD MAN” bringing

ALL

the “good little girls and boys” presents!

( What if he doesn’t? Were they ‘bad”?)

So I leave the “gifts” to the parents.

Instead…we give kindness cards.

We start the last two weeks before

Christmas.

Together, we brainstorm a list of kindness “traits” we see.

We make a list for school and at home.

This list stays up until vacation!

(Sometimes ALL year!)

Tomorrow we begin!

Our sequence goes like this:

Day 1…

Write a kindness card to a friend in OUR class.

DON’T write your name on it.

(Secret Santaish)

Put it in their cubby before we go home.

*Teacher secret….

I make up a LOT of extras the night before.

Make sure EVERYONE gets the first one! 🙂

Day 2…

or a couple of days later…

Write a kindness card to a friend in ANOTHER class.

DO write your name on it.

Hand it to them at recess!

Day 3…

or a couple of days later…

Write a kindness card to an ADULT  at our school- not the teacher!

DO write your name on it.

Hand it to them at recess!

Day 4…

or a couple of days later…

Write a kindness card to YOUR PARENTS or GRANDPARENTS!

DO write your name on it.

Take it home & give it to them with a HUG!

Day 5…

or a couple of days later…

Write a kindness card to an ANYONE at our school!

DO write your name on it.

Hand it to them at recess!

They get SOOO excited!

Both to write one…and to receive one!

( I always make sure I have extras…NO ONE wants to go home empty-handed!)

So…here is a FREEBIE for YOU.

SPREAD  THE  KINDNESS!

 ENJOY!

Do YOU know what DAY it is? DO ya?? DO ya???

Do YOU Know what TODAY IS? DO YA?? DO YA???

I must have purchased the wrong
CALENDAR!
My Calendar DOES NOT HAVE IT!
I keep looking at
 MONDAY, October 5, 2015..
NOPE  …NOT on MY calendar!
SO WE MUST CHANGE THAT!
TOMORROW,
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015
is…
WORLD  TEACHER  DAY!
YIPPEE!!
If you can read this (in  ANY  language )
THANK  A  TEACHER!
So…
I wrote it in BIG  RED   LETTERS!
( And then…I  scheduled a mani/pedi )
What better gift ?
HAPPY WORLD TEACHERS DAY
 TO ALL WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
(That’s   YOU!)
To celebrate…
MY  TPT  store  is 20%  OFF  Oct. 4-5
1stgradefireworks
ENJOY!

FRIENDS…BFF’s…Life Friends…Friends I have “YET” to meet

FRIENDS…BFF’s…Life Friends…Friends I have “YET” to meet

(cross post: http://www.1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com)

This crazy summer has been a “gift” of friends for me!
I was LUCKY enough
 to be able to “reconnect”
with some friends from high school!
Now we graduated…um..MANY years ago!
YEAH CLASS OF 1981!!!
So LOTS has happened since then.
We have endured marriages, births, deaths, moving, staying,etc..etc..
We try to “connect” as much as possible, but folks…
LIFE  IS  BUSY!
So when we can reconnect…it’s HUGE!
And it WAS!  So FUN!
WONDERFUL LADIES!
I also was Lucky enough to go to
TPT VEGAS!
( I know you have seen 1,000 pictures from VEGAS..but just a few MORE!)
These women have become a HUGE part of MY life..MY TRIBE!
Tamara @ Mrs. Russell’s room has a great blog post about finding your “tribe”..
I found MINE!
AND …One of my BFF’s is my teaching partner.
We have been together for 17 years!
Same School…same  classrooms!
She & I work “well” together!
She organizes my thoughts.
WOW! How lucky we are to have found each other.
(Her mom 80+ works in her room each Thursday…I  call her “MOM”).
The kids think my ” teaching partner & I ” are sisters!
( She is  4ft 10 inches, dark hair & Japanese…I am 5ft 7, blonde, & German!)
No mistaking the differences!  HAHA
So, I thought I would share with you an INCREDIBLE  author & Artist!
Suzy Toronto
I LOVE HER WORK!
( Printed with her permission..check out her site ..click  below!)
In my world…WE’RE  ALL  WACKY!
I wonder who my next “friends” will be?
I hope they are as WACKY  as my current ones! HAHA
Enjoy!