A Tale of Six Hashtags

My desk.  On a good day it’s messy.  On a bad day…ugh.  The picture above captures my desk on a pretty good day, so I thought I’d snap a picture and give you a tour! 1. The National Geographic Geography Bee will be coming to a 4th or 5th grade classroom near you soon! In…

Math Kangaroo

The 21st Math Kangaroo Day will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 15th. Participating students will be given 75 minutes to complete a multiple choice test composed of 24 questions (grades 2-4) or 30 questions (grade 5).  Most of the questions are word problems which have been chosen by The International Math Kangaroo Comittee. The…

He Said, She Said

If someone would pay me to sit at my desk all day and just listen to the ACE kids, I’d happily accept that offer!  I love their vocabulary, I love their wit, I love their observations.  I even love their sarcasm.  (Shhh!  Don’t tell!)  To give you an idea of what it’s like, I’ve been…

The Most Interesting Things in My Room

One piece of my job is to seek out things that get the kids talking or laughing or generally wanting to try something new.  So my little space here at TJ is always filled with a lot of stuff.  And since you can’t always be in here with your kids, I thought I’d take a…

Tiger Pause Classes Roar Into Action!

Tiger Pause classes recently started for all of the ACE students and loads of creative and enriching things have been happening all around the building! Third Grade ACE students will spend the coming weeks figuring out the lay of the land on Mystery Island, where they recently found themselves shipwrecked.  The students will be locating bodies of…

Time Flies

It’s true what they say…time really does fly when you’re having fun!  The year has gotten off to its usual hectic, fun paced, exciting self.  Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening on the ACE front. First, I’ve been reviewing the files of new students to see who might be a potentially good fit…

He Thinks, Therefore He Wins!

Every year I send out a notification about the Philosophy Slam for Kids.  The rules are shared, the challenge is posted, interested students prepare their responses.  Every year I gather all the student entries, write out an entry fee check, and drop an envelope chock full of children’s essays, drawings, poems and thoughts into the…

Level 2 Updates

In between kids taking the SOL tests and my administering the SOL tests to small groups, I’m actually finding the time to meet with some of the ACE Level 2 groups. Fifth graders in my Level 2 English groups have at last made it to the portion of the claymation unit where they are filming…

Is Your Friday Night Devoid of Plans?

Then consider tuning into the National Geographic Geography Bee Finals where a national champion will be crowned! Mo Rocca will serve as the host for the annual competition, which will be aired on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD starting at 8:00 pm.

Boxes, Bridges, and Words, Words, Words!

ACE Level 2 students have been busy as can be these past few weeks! BOXES:  Third grade math students have been creating boxes as a culmination to their spatial reasoning unit.  After looking at the nets of a variety of three dimensional shapes, the kids set forth to create their own nets.  Each net had…

PBS Kids: A Writing Contest!

I just learned about this opportunity, so the deadline is practically here, but I know lots of ACE kids who love to write and might have something they’d like to enter into the PBS KIDS Writers Contest! WHRO invites Kindergarten through 5th grade students to create a great story, illustrate it and enter it in…

A Note of Thanks

Over the past few weeks my life has amped up because of my role on the Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors and my part in running a Math Kangaroo center.  As hectic as things have been, nothing could have been accomplished without the help and support of parents and staff. First of all,…