Saturday, September 17, 2016


Let's face it, the school day is a long day and kids get tired of sitting around. In an effort to help kids have chances to move around, I use "Energizers." Some energizers are designed to calm kids when they are a little squirrelly. Others aim to wake them up when they seem a little low energy. No matter the purpose, kids love them. They take just a few minutes to accomplish and I find the rewards are well worth the time spent.

The pictures below show students taking a break from a reading lesson. They were tasked with acting out some phrases, such as "run as if a bear was chasing you" and "swim like you are in a pool full of jello."

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I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.