Once Upon a Time..

It was almost an out of body experience as Susan started her lesson.  I sat back in the tiny first grade chair and almost thought that I had been transported 7 months back in time to when I was in the classroom.  For a moment, I thought I was watching myself.  Susan is a first grade teacher in Ceres who is definitely an out of the box thinker.  I laughed outloud when I saw a little plaque on her wall that read “A creative mind is seldom tidy” and a miniature construction cone on her desk that read “Back away from my desk.”  So this post I have to dedicate to my old principal, who I almost made hyperventilate several times…. See… I’m not the only one!

Susan was on a “Journey” unit in her Open Court, so her class was transformed to a castle (which even included a knight that encouraged students to read and a “King Author” throne).  As a result, today her student would journey to far away castles and create stained glass windows.  She began by showing them pictures from a not so far away Hearst Castle.  Then played a unitedstreaming clip about castles.  This movie was actually designed for 3rd-5th grade students, however she just kept the volume down and narrated it herself.  Needless to say there was lots of “oooss” and “aahhhs”  Need a great way to bring bright color to your class… take it from Susan and have students create stained glass windows from sheets of thin plastic and permanent marker. 

Thanks Susan for allowing me to travel off to far away lands and for allowing me to prove I’m not the only one out there who’s not always tidy J 

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  1. RJ Stangherlin said:

    I feel like Sherwood Anderson’s “Stolen Day,” only I am not going fishing, not will I claim I have rheumatoid arthritis [although the big A is only a few years away, I’m guessing]. So with a day off today, I get to read other state’s blogs, and I always begin with my out-of-the-box friend, Jannita. I love your lesson, Susan, and the photos are terrific. It is always wonderful to find kindred spirits [not tidy either…]. And Jannita, if you read this today, I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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