Today I'm showcasing the Lovely Nina's blog! She is a first grade teacher with lots to share! Be sure to become a follower of her blog so you don't miss any of her great ideas! Now, let's meet Nina....
Name: Lovely Nina
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Personal info (state/family/pets/interests): Originally from Long Island, New York, living in sunny Florida. I have a wonderful family which include mom, dad, and an older sister. I love to make crafts (pottery paint, DIY projects, craftivities), go shopping, watch movies, bake (when I have time), and go to Zumba.
What would we likely see if we popped into your classroom unannounced? Students inquiring about topics being taught. Students being on task. Students using manipulatives/tools. Students enjoying the activities they are working on.
What gets you through one of “those” days? Prayer, knowing that tomorrow is another day, hot green tea, and going to bed early.
What is one “can’t live without” teaching resource? I "can't live without" a laminator. It just makes everything pretty and last long.
Give us a glimpse of your teaching style by sharing a brief summary of a favorite classroom activity/project. One of my favorite classroom activities was last year, when I thought about making inferences. I brought in a mystery box and had the students first guess what was inside by using their senses. Then after giving out clues, students wrote their guesses/changed their minds on paper. After all 5 clues were told, students wrote about what they thought was inside, why they thought it was inside, and drew a picture. It was fun to see the "light bulb" moments from my students, after the 5th clue. I then revealed what was inside the box. I discussed the what making an inference was and the need for details, when reading or writing. Together we agreed that when reading, we see clues in the story that help us figure out what the author is trying to say and when writing we have to be more descriptive, to better express ourselves. I loved that lesson and can't wait to do it with this year's class.