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I had a blast yesterday hanging out with Kamilla Benko. She spent the morning in my classroom, and my students LOVED learning with her. Before she left, we decided to film a Happy Saturday video together. Enjoy!
Day 2 of camp was amazing. The day started at 7 AM and we went hard until 10 PM. The kids had a full day of amazing learning, bonding, and smiling.
One of the coolest things about moving from third to fifth grade is that I now get to go to fifth grade camp. Each year the fifth graders at Parma Elementary travel to northern Michigan for three days and two night at Mystic Lake Campground. Watching my students grow together as a class and grow up a little bit as individuals made my heart full.
Below you will find a video I made documenting our first day of camp. Enjoy!
I asked author Phil Bildner if he could talk about why he thinks schools should find ways to budget for author visits. His response was perfect.
Check out previous episodes of One Question With Mr. Sharp in the playlist below.
My students are loving kicking our day off with time to create. It makes my heart happy to see them problem solve, invent, and collaborate. I talk a little bit about our “creative start” in this week’s Saturday morning video.
I’ve been trying to VLOG a few days a week. Check those videos out in the playlist below.
I think that Mondays are the absolute best day of the school week. It has a special magic that comes with five days of learning ahead of you. This past Monday was one of the best days of the entire school year. From a lesson on mindfulness, to an hour playing on inflatables. It was a pretty epic day.
I just love Mondays. The week ahead has so many amazing possibilities. If our students come in on Monday morning and see a giant smile on our face, we are setting them up for an awesome day.
I keep forgetting to make Saturday morning videos. Had a few minutes this morning, so . I made one where I talk about the great books I’ve been reading.
Books featured in this video:
Ben Franklin’s In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming and Mark Fearing
Most People by Michael Leannah and Jennifer E. Morris
A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui
The more I teach, the more I realize that the quality of our day in the classroom is extremely dependent on me. If I am off, the kids will be off. If I’m awesome, the kids will be awesome. We can come with every excuse in the book for why our days don’t go well, but it can pretty much always be improved if we do a better job, bring more energy, and create a school day where kids are super engaged.