In the few hours we had before we left for break, 303 students and I created our first stop-action animation in our green screen studio. “Everybody Loves the Sun But Me” was a collaborative project we all enjoyed. Every student was able to animate his or her own snowman, and if you watch closely, you’ll see some creative animation ideas! To add to the fun, students learned the accompanying song after hearing it only four times. I am very proud of their musical performance! The afternoon was a blizzard of activity, but it was certainly time well spent.
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Over vacation, I went to my class reunion. While that might sound pretty normal for an adult to do – this reunion was unique! I attended a reunion for students who attended my elementary school! The time I spent at Fisher School in Walpole was not only memorable for me, it was the same for many other students and teachers as well. For example, over 300 students and teachers participate regularly in our Facebook group; all folks who enjoy sharing our elementary school memories! This was our 2nd annual reunion (my first!), and the 60 of us gathered right at Fisher School!
With my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Lynch, with my lifelong friends,
with the whole group, and having dinner in the Fisher School auditorium!
There were so many highlights during the evening – one being a tour of the entire building. Walking the halls of my beloved school was an experience I truly appreciated, and walking into each of my classrooms brought back a flood of memories for me. In some ways, the rooms looked much the same as they always had, and in other ways, I could see they reflected life in a 21st Century classroom. The teacher (and child) in me loved every minute of the tour.
Not surprisingly, everything seemed so much smaller to me. Ceilings were lower, cafeteria seemed cozier, corridors appeared more narrow. However, the feelings surrounding my positive elementary school experience have little to do with the physical space. All along the tour, reunion-goers reminisced, sharing stories and piecing together memories. There were grownups hula-hooping, snapping photos, sitting in little chairs. There were giggles and grins everywhere I turned. We even sang some favorite camp songs from our week at Camp Calumet in NH, led by our former teacher, Mr. Monaghan. We enjoyed a slideshow and video presentation honoring our former principal, Mr. Eldgridge, and a microphone was passed around the room for folks to share their thoughts and feelings. The evening was just awesome.
Without a doubt, my Fisher School memories have everything to do with the way my teachers made me feel during those seven years. They made me feel special. They made me feel smart. They made me feel braver than I believed myself to be. My desire to become a teacher was directly tied to my experiences attending Fisher School. The games we play, the songs I share and the lessons I develop are often directly from my former teachers.
One particular memory I have is during Outdoor Education Week. 4 crazy teachers took 100 active 6th graders to Ossippee, NH for 5 days. We hiked, canoed, sang, and learned a lot about ourselves in the process. One evening, we participated in a candlelight ceremony where we passed a light on between us. Just as we passed on the light and warmth of our experience, I can only hope I pass on some of the same positive feelings I have carried for my lifetime. May my students feel just how special, smart and brave I know they each are.
Cold weather has arrived! Be sure your child is dressed for outdoor recess. The wind off Shiverick’s pond is fierce!
To get ready for middle school, soon we will transition to nightly homework. Enjoy these last few weeks of homework packets, and start building daily routines for homework completion. Thank you for your support – Hard Work Ahead!
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