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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Snow Day!

Room 37, let's work on resting today and getting better so we can all get ourselves back to school tomorrow....hopefully. ;)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Introducing the Newbery Winner for 2017


The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill is the 2017 Newbery winner!  This is so very exciting!! We've been waiting all school year to see which cover would fill the mystery space for 2017.  Click here to read more about the selection in this Washington Post article.  See if you can catch what is driving me crazy about the way this article is written.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Underwater Shipwreck Excusion

  

    

Room 37 is having fun diving for artifacts in our underwater shipwreck excursion.  During our "Explorers" unit, students are discovering what traits an explorer has.  They are also learning a lot about the explorers on this particular ship by recording the artifacts they're finding and asking why these items were necessary to have on such a journey.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hey Drew


Look at this cutie little sailor who FaceTimed our class from Japan today.  Drew wanted to make up for not being able to come to visit while he was home on leave and he didn't disappoint today. It was a total surprise.  If I didn't set the timer as a reminder for 5 minutes left of FIFA time, we never would have know he was trying to call us! The class asked lots of questions of Drew and his roommate Eric, who also was a part of our virtual visit.  In addition to wanting to know how schooling played a part in Drew's Naval experience, the class was curious to know what it's like to have Mrs. Caputo as a mom.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I was so proud to see all the schema the students of Room 37 had for Dr. King.  A Discovery Education video and class discussion allowed us all to gain some more knowledge and clear up any misconceptions.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mindfulness


Excitedly, I spend time throughout our days sharing mindfulness with the students of Room 37, also known as Team Caputo/Garagliano. So far, classes have practiced mindful bodies, mindful listening, mindful movement, and mindful breathing.  The best is yet to come!  The intention of mindfulness is to paying attention.  Mondays are our days to meditate.  We meditate before beginning our day and settling in to our new week of school.  I like Dr. Deepak Chopra's app My Light Shines Bright Anunda Kids.  The guided meditations give mindful messages that build confidence and create positive self-esteem.

I think you'll be as excited as I am to hear the following statements from your children after our practice:

  • "I had a headache when I came in to class and now it's gone."
  • "My stomach was really unsettled all day and now I feel fine."
  • "Thank you so much for allowing us this time.  I never get the chance to stop throughout my day, even when I'm home.  I really love having the lights off."
  • "This time really gives me the opportunity to think about things I've been wanting to give my attention to for awhile, but can't."

What I find most exciting is when students share mindfulness experiences they have outside of school. This particular magazine posted above was shared with me by one of the kids.  I was so excited to hear about it, I went right out and bought it that very same day.

We live in a time where mindfulness doesn't come naturally for many.  Ask to to be shown some mindfulness tricks and have fun practicing with us.