No Place For Hate

I was excited to hear a class of first graders talk about the No Place For Hate Resolution for Respect this morning. It was a great conversation about being kind, doing our best, and not being a bully. It is a great start to the conversations we will have this year, in every classroom, in conjunction with character education. What a great way to start the day!


Thomas Edison is on facebook

So is Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and Ben Franklin. If you are interested in other famous scientist’s Facebook page stop by Ms. Pieri’s room. It’s great to see authentic products that kids can really make real world connections to. I was amazed how many kids knew about social networks 🙂

Another first day of school


It was nice to see the halls of Condit bustling with students this morning, the school had grown too quiet over the summer and this morning was a reminder of why we are all here. Students appeared to be exited and there weren’t many tears shed by kids… or parents. Teachers have been anxiously awaiting their students and we all have big plans for this year. I look forward to another year of sharing what I see at Condit and maybe sprinkling in a few other types of posts. This time, let’s take a look at what everyone else saw this morning. Personally, I think it looks a bit like a take your son to work day, but I’ll let you decide 🙂 Enjoy the photo and here’s to another great year!

Where do good ideas come from?

I came across this in my twitter feed and thought it was worth a share.  It is important to remember that discourse, or thoughful conversation, can often be the breeding ground for good ideas.  When people ask why collaborating in the classroom is important, perhaps this quick video should be my answer.  The entrie RSA Animate site is an amazing collection of thought provoking, dynamic illustrations of some of the best thinkers of our time.  Enjoy.

What do you remember about last school year?


While the kids don’t arrive until Aug 27, this week marks the start of several district activities so as far as I’m concerned school is back! I’m finding it hard to find the words to sum up my experience last year, so let’s try a picture. Thanks to Ms. Pruetz for snapping this one for me. I’m looking forward to another year and I’m thinking of some new directions for my blog. Looking forward to it.