Today i just really liked my outfit… bright colors is my thing. I wanted to show my 6th graders a little love today…
I want to just take a few minutes and introduce myself. I am a 6th grade teacher in Southern Florida. This is my first full year teaching 6th grade. I came last year in January ( that was rough) I use to teach 1st grade in Ohio, but it was WAAAAAAAAY too cold there. I really like my school and principal. It’s truly been a blessing coming here. I moved to Florida last August with no job. Just a little bit of faith. I took that leap and it paid off. Not without some struggles of course. I started subbing and the teachers I subbed for were impressed.. ” You’ve done this before haven’t you?”… yes… yes I have. When I left Ohio I was completely DONE with teaching… I didn’t want to see another child under the age of 25. . . apparently I was running like Jonah. I still ended up teaching. This is going to be an AWESOME YEAR!!!!
Once again this first week of school I did a team building activity. Students were put into groups and were to build the tallest free standing structure using just tape and 7 balloons ( I gave them each an extra balloon just in case one popped… yes they could use the extra one in their structure). I gave them 20 minutes to accomplish this project as a team! This one was just as interesting as the spaghetti and marshmallow structure project.
Try it with your class. Lot’s of fun…
Oh also I had them moan in advance about their groups… if they decided to moan after I called out the groups they would have to sit out with THEIR HEAD DOWN ( bc they obviously can’t handle being in 6th grade)… and yes I had one to moan, and yes they sat out for the entire project.
Students need to learn early to show kindness to their classmates!
1 Marshmallow (that had to be at the top)
1yrd of masking tape-
1 yrd of yarn
The object of this project was… TEAM WORK!!!
They were suppose to build the tallest freestanding structure using those 4 materials in 18 minutes. I had to stand without falling ( which was the biggest challenge of course). I was really impressed by what they came up with.