I think there are all sorts of ways you could use this head in your classroom. One idea is to have a center called What’s on You Mind? and inside you could have journal prompts such as Wondering questions, What if? questions, or Would You Rather? questions. Students could stick their hand into the head and pull out a prompt and complete it in their journals. A great idea for those early finishers.
Archives for November 2012
I have decided to bite the bullet and create a blog. All of my teacher friends have been encouraging me to do it. Years ago I had a website called Mrs. Seagraves’ QUEST class on Geocities (I’ve since married and my name is now Susan Morrow), but when Geocities closed, I didn’t have the time to transfer the my site to a new host, so I basically just let it go. A site called Oocities cloned most of that site and some of my old stuff is still floating out there in Cyberspace, but the site hasn’t been touched in ten years. I tried to decide whether to create a blog or a website, and after combing various teacher blogs and websites on the Internet, I finally settled on venturing into the world of blogging. Back in the old days, I used Microsoft Front Page to create my website and it was sooooo easy – just like creating a document in Word, but this blogging is a little more difficult. Hopefully I’ll master it soon and my blog will be as beautiful as some of the others I see out there. Just be patient with me, I don’t catch on to new technology as quickly as I used to.
I have decided to call my site Keep ’em Thinking because from my years of experience as a teacher of the gifted and now as a gifted coordinator, I believe that we must not only teach children content, but how to think. I’ve been a proponent of infusing creativity and critical thinking into instruction, and so I will try to offer some ideas and freebies to help you do just that in your own classrooms. Hopefully I will have some freebies posted by next week.