Pictures (and Video!) of the Day: May 22, 2015–SPRING SING EDITION!

Pics are all related to the Spring Sing today. 🙂   

Say Cheese!! Just before we went to get into our riser lines. Such a handsome bunch!! 🙂

C.J. have made selfies a tradition for special events lately. This one was too special not to share. :0

First Grade Selfie on the back to class after a successful Spring Sing!

And here’s the video: I would love to share both of the songs our amazing firsties sang, but I also wanted to enjoy it (rather than just watching through a tiny screen as I recorded it, you know?).  So here’s the first one: Down By the Bay.  And boy is it great!!  These kids are TALENTED!!

Picture of the Day: May 21, 2015

This was another day when I wasn’t at school, so my picture is related to after school instead. Ok, and I guess it’s really a logo, not a picture, but it’s this:

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 8.35.06 PMLast night was Robinson Night at the Magic House, and it was super fun!  I didn’t see a ton of kids there, but the ones that I did see (including my own!) had a great time!  Ok, and even though this little cutie pie is not a part of Rm. 202 officially, she is a part of me, so indulge me for a minute. Please?  It’s super cute. I promise. 🙂

Pictures of the Day: May 20, 2015

Wednesday was a busy day at school. What were we busy doing? Hanging up all those posters I showed you yesterday:

It’s funny, I look at that picture now and all I can ask myself is “Why didn’t you move that silly recycle bin?” Hee hee

And then this happened while we were in the library after all of our poster hanging:  Cute, right? Used by a teacher on our Facebook page as our countdown for “5 days.” Love. 🙂

Pictures of the Day: May 19, 2015

I REALLY want to show you the WHOLE thing about this project, but instead I’ll just show you two pictures as a tease for a later story.  They’re the pictures of the day for today, but they’ve been in the works since last week at this time.  And you know, I think I’m just going to let you wonder.  To let the pictures speak for themselves and see what happens….:)


Picture of the Day: May 15, 2015

I have taken SO MANY PICTURES this week.  Ok, so that’s true about every week, and every day it’s hard to choose just 1 (or 10) to post.

Today I have just one:

To me, there are probably a thousand things that this picture says about Rm. 202 friends.  Here are a few that I’ll mention:

  • See that awesome artwork up there?  Came from the art room yesterday and we HAD to share it rather than send it right home. 🙂
  • It’s crazy amazing that that bulletin board is still up!  I remember hanging it before school started, and, like every year, I had huge dreams of it being a place to share kid work and celebrate our accomplishments and growth throughout the year.  AND IT ACTUALLY WORKED!   I’m not sure why–maybe 1st graders just make more “stuff” to hang and share then big kids–or maybe I was just more motivated to make it work this time, but whatever the reason, I have loved watching it change and seeing kid work on it all. year. long.
  • I love how Learn. Create. Collaborate. really did become our theme and drove so much of what we did this year.
  • Oh, and do you see how neat the shelf and the floor are?  That makes me smile. 🙂

Pictures of the Day: May 13, 2015

This one is in honor of our friend Diego. 🙂

  Check out the really difficult task we’ve been working on with completing our series of books.  This is BIG first grade work, but they’re definitely up to the task.  This was what our morning looked like today:

And this one’s just because I know you were wondering what my shoes looked like today. 🙂  Right? 🙂 #dontforgetthekookyteacher       

First Grade Blogs about Kindness

Did you know that sometimes at the end of the school year, kids FORGET that they’re supposed to be nice to each other and follow the rules at their school? That happened to us.  So, we sat down and made a chart of #nicethingstodoandsay to help us remember how to show that we care about each other.

Here’s a picture of what it looks like:


We figured that if we could use this chart to help us, then you could, too!  So we decided to share it–with our Robinson friends, and even people outside of our school.  With kids AND with grown-ups!  Anyone can read it and use it to help them show someone they care about them.

We know we are going to use this list. What about you? How will YOU show that someone else matters? What #nicethingstodoandsay will you choose?  Leave us a comment, or tweet to us at @jbeardensclass to tell us how it’s working out for you!

Picture of the Day: May 11, 2015

We are in the midst of MANY crazy and creative projects right now.  This picture was taken during one of them:

IMG_4661First of all, I wish that iPad cameras had flash.  Just sayin’. 🙂

So we’ve begun our first cycle of #geniushour in Rm. 202 and we’ve wrangled in our Learning Buddies to help us!  I’m super impressed with how quickly these kiddos have gotten into these projects and how personal and interesting they are!  We’ve got things from glass and The Leaning Tower of Pisa to ice cream and tornadoes, with loads of other things in between.  SUPER excited to see what these friends come up with and will be sure to share their projects and learning when we’ve finished! #somanysuperthingshappeningrightnow