So today I asked my 3rd and 4th graders how many knew Mrs. Schaa is going to China for the Flat Classroom Conference......no hands....hmmmm....guess I need to communicate a bit better with the WHOLE school...At any rate, once I showed them MrsSchaa's Adventure in China blog and the 2 videos that I have posted about "how far" and "what" I am flying in, then came the questions...Will you come back? Wouldn't it be closer to fly west rather than east like you show in your video? (great question!) Will you bring us back some octopus to eat? were just a sprinkling of what came at me... after a brief description of Beijing, I asked them if we could make an S is for Stratford- an alphabet book about Stratford for me to take and give to kids that I meet when I'm there. They were agreeable to this. I told them that since we have such a different town than Beijing, it is so unique that we need to share it with the world! After brainstorming for a bit, we have knocked out all but 3 letters of the alphabet...(Mrs. Schaa and a few other teachers are working on I, Z and Y) All the 3rd and 4th graders will do their artistic part and illustrate it, to give it that perfect child's touch...hoping we can broaden their horizons and maybe educate some other kids about what a wonderful little 'berg we have here in the center of Iowa!!
(photo courtesy of Flickr)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
So I am trying to figure out how my trip to China for the Flat Classroom Conference can have the biggest impact on ALL 97 students at Stratford Elementary School in little tiny Stratford Iowa. After a visit with fellow cohort Cathy O., she gave me the idea of a video blog. Thanks Cathy O! I will leave a little video every night, for all the classes to look at in the morning when they come to school, they can read my post, then post questions or comments for me. Makes perfect sense! Since I tend to be "dork" anyway, my kids will love watching Mrs.Schaa try out squid or octopus, laughing at me the whole time, while learning a little bit about a culture they may never get to experience themselves.....hmmm many of these kids have never even been in an airplane, and unfortunately may NEVER ride in an airplane, so I need to be their eyes and ears EVEN on the plane! So GET READY, I am going to blog about "Mrs. Schaa's Adventures in China"...Teachers are excited, kids are excited, Mrs. Schaa's excited...so Get Ready, Get Ready!