Wow, how Spring Break flew by! I swear, it was Friday one second, and I was thinking, "Wow! A whole week to sleep in! I don't have to be anywhere by 6:50 a.m. for seven days!" And then, the next thing I know, my alarm is going off and I am late getting up! Geez!
The good news is, the trip was FANTASTIC! The great news is, my students came on Monday, begging to enter our classroom! (Too bad this feeling wore off. Today was Tuesday, and they were not so excited to go take notes!)
If you want to see the video of my travels, I have posted the link here, on my blog. It is quite lengthy, 20 minutes or so, but it is pretty fun, and you can see all the 'middle school humor' I worked into it. If you don't know who Slenderman is, or One Direction, I am sure you will be looking into them by the end of this movie. :)
Aside from the goofy stuff, it has some great information. You would be amazed what the kiddos find interesting when you put it to an catchy song and mix it in with some genuine dorkiness. :)
Video Link: (Note: Some of the slides have blanks. That is ok, they were meant to be that way.)
I learned a few things through this project, first of all being that my students LOVE a serious challenge. I thought they would be complaining the whole time, begging for computers, but the truth was, I was more devastated about that than they were!
The second thing I learned is that we have some AMAZING travel agencies here in Kansas! Thanks goes out to Travel KS for giving us a class set of Kansas maps, the Belle Plaine tour center, for providing us with over 200 student friendly brochures, and to the Dodge City Tour Department, who is swinging by tomorrow with goodies for my kids! I am always amazed at what people will do to support education in their community.
But probably the best thing I experienced from this project was the pride my students now feel for themselves. A HUGE shout out goes to Mrs. Edwards, who so very kindly featured our project on her blog. I showed the students the article the other day, and many replied with, "Oh my gosh! My class is on the internet! I'm famous!!" Not quite, but who wants to squash their excitement? Not me! :) We now have a copy of the article framed in our room. I will be passing it around for their 'autographs' starting tomorrow. What joy it has brought our little room at Jardine!
If you choose to watch the video, enjoy!
Until the next update!