As promised. These are my best tips, quotes, and ideas learned at the Indiana Kindergarten Conference.
1. "You can't talk to CRAZY!" Dan St. Romain
Dan was amazing. If you have even been able to see him then, you are LUCKY!~ He is an energetic and dynamic speaker. He shared, during a break out session on power struggles, that you need to make sure you "don't talk to crazy cuz you can't talk to crazy!" Meaning? ~When students begin to do things, say things, or behave in a "crazy" way, it is your job NOT to add fuel to the fire. Ignore and create a distraction. I loved this! I will not only use this within the classroom, I will use this with my own teenagers. Great advice! Now, which kid will say "I hate you mom" first? I got this! Thanks Dan!
2. Interactive Journals ~ Deanna Jump
Now, I know about interactive journals but I really didn't KNOW about them until I watched Deanna Jump present on them. WOW! I am sold. I am already revamping my writing portfolio.
3. Dot Plates, Rekenreks, and 5 frames OH MY! ~ Kim Adsit
Kim Adsit had a math break out session that awakened my inner mathematician. I took away mini lessons using ALL of the above items in a NEW and fresh way! I am already out buying paper plates and laminating my rekenreks. If you have not yet used rekenreks, USE'EM!
4. Last, but certainly NOT least… DEBBIE CLEMENT!
Now, if you know Debbie, you know Debbie! No introduction needed. Her outlandish outfits paired with her incredible music = KINDERGARTEN! She inspired me to find myself a Tugle fugle bugle plus... I already taught my class Tops and Bottoms!
Until Next time...