I have done my best to post here and there through the summer because August and September start a really big chapter in my teaching career: new school, new location, new life!
I am starting a long-held personal and professional goal: to work abroad/to teach abroad.
I am moving from California, USA to Turkey. I will be going back in the classroom, back in kindergarten–where my career began–but in a whole new country! I am allowing myself some time away from writing to enjoy the remainder of my break, and to allow myself the necessary time to transition into this new world and chapter of my life; I will be back in mid-to-late September with new content–really new, as I imagine this experience will give me a whole lot of learning to write about!
With so much screen time in remote learning, with so much time spent indoors, a walk around the block is probably the easiest, and greatest relief, for all of us.
And, if you need some ideas and inspiration for learning on that walk outside, here are some items to note, ask, or consider on your walks:
Read every sign together.
Find letters and numbers on a walk.
Addresses, license plates, political signs, street signs, etc.
Use a plant guide app, identify plants on your walk.
Plant species identification; read over the guides for plant care.
Use cardinal directions to describe your route.
We’re walking northwest, we need to walk ______ to get home.
Compare and contrast lawns.
Discuss make and models of cars.
Calculate elapsed time
It took 15 minutes to walk this block, 10 minutes to walk this block, what time will we arrive home?
Discuss what happened today.
Discuss the weather.
Discuss plans for the week.
Recite poems, song lyrics, favorite stories.
Generating a conversation means generating vocabulary. Discussing concepts reinforces conceptual knowledge.
I know we are all struggling to find the time and inspiration for learning; it’s hard navigating multiple platforms and sitting in front of a screen all day. So, allow yourself a break, and know that learning can still happen, and still be fruitful, even on a simple walk.
Two summers ago I was involved in a career & technical program for middle school students–this specific program was designed for, and geared for, middle school English Language Learners. The premise and basis of the program: build language through career & technical learning.
This experience was everything; I loved everything about it.
Pictured below are final projects in one of the cosmetology classes–what do you think?