TBT: Inanimate Nouns Need Loving Relationships Too!

Afternoon Friends,

So excited to link up with Primary Possibilities today for Throwback Thursday! This really saves me time!

This Throwback post is all the way from October of 2012! Talk about a throwback...

Original Post, October 1, 2012:
Our class is learning about noun-verb relationships in writing. Animate nouns and verbs are "easy" - we see them every day, we experience them every day, we hear them every day. When talking about verbs, it's fairly easy for students to generate verbs such as run, kick, sing, etc. They are taught early on that verbs are something that we do. But once we move on to more complex topics, such as inanimate noun-verb relationships, the connection is not so clear...

Thus, I have incorporated a visual activity when teaching bout inanimate noun-verb relationships. The concept of an inanimate noun doing something is very abstract. Rulers don't move and tables don't do anything. So how could I possibly give a coat an action?

In order to clear up this confusion, I have supplemented my teaching of this concept with an activity where the students create sentences using provided verbs with an inanimate noun of their choice. We then took pictures to show how the inanimate noun could possibly do anything. 

Here are my dynamic kiddos' original sentences with pictures:

The book stood.

The coat laid.

The headphones hung.

The shoe hovered.
The papers spread.
This activity really helped my kiddos grasp this abstract concept and use these relationships in their own original writing assignments! I use this activity every year, and it is always a big hit :)

Check out a FREEBIE product for animate and inanimate noun-verb relationships by clicking the picture below.


Take Advantage of the Wiggles: All About Fidgets!

I work with learners of all ages (from age 3 to 90), so I know a thing or two about the wiggles! Not a day goes by where you won't hear me tell someone "Time to get the wiggles out!"  or "Wow, you are very fidgety today! Let's use a strategy."

Special educator or not, I know you have all had these days. It may be challenging to manage these high-energy days (or as a teacher friend once said, "spicy days"), but you CAN make it work! Research supports the use of "fidgets" and "movement breaks"(check out these research articles here, here, here, and here) as preventative strategies and interventions as they relate to behavior, attention, and memory.

There are many different ways you can help support students who are fidgety. There are lots of sensory strategies to help students with their wiggles. Today's post is devoted to the wonderful world of fidgets!


Holy St. Valentine! It's February!

Hello again friends,

Just a quick post to share my "current" happenings on the FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY!! Yeah - I know. I can hardly believe it!

Listening: My kitty Fred is laying on the couch, sound asleep, purring. I don't want to play any music or watch tv, because I just love the sounds of his soothing purrs.
Not Fred "currently" but a nice picture of the cutie in question.

Loving: Lately, lots of great things have been happening in the blogging community. I met some wonderful New England Bloggers last weekend at the Winter Warm-Up, I am throwing a giveaway in just a few short days to celebrate my 400 followers, I'm a part of something wonderful and secretive happening tomorrow (take a look at that image below!), and I am continuing to make new blogging friends everyday! I'm loving it!

Thinking: I know, I know...cue the eye rolls. But, it has been DAYS since I actually exercised, and my body could really use a detoxing sweat at the gym. I also have been eating pure junk the last few days, which is making me feel yucky and bloated. Gross. Despite my body screaming at me to get off my butt, I still needed extra motivation. I called my friend this morning to ask her to join me so I wouldn't bail. As soon as I am done with this post, I'm headed out!

Wanting: My feet, hands, face, and back could really use some TLC. I LOVE getting manicures, but it just hasn't been in the cards lately - between not being able to justify the extra spending, and life getting in the way, I haven't made it to the nail salon in a while. My feet, not to gross you out yet again, really need some loving. Being a runner, my feet really take a beating. I need to do it, not only for my sanity, but for the wellbeing of my generous feet. Due to the dry winter weather, my face too needs some extra love. And who doesn't ALWAYS needs a massage?

Needing: So there are some changes happening in my room with staffing. It's a real disaster at school right now between some families and the extra staff in my room. If you are a fellow Winter Meet Up Attendee, you may be able to recall a little story I told about this...and I bet you can guess what this change is all about. Needless to say, there are lots of changes happening, and this is the perfect time to revisit those classroom routines and expectations - not only for my kiddos, but for the new staff in my room. More on that later in the week!

2 Truths and a Fib: Can you guess which one is my fib? It's number 2! While I wish I was a more confident cyclist, I am not. I always long to be one of those commuter who whizzes their way to and from work on their bicycle, but I can't. I'm too freaking scared! I'm not confident on two wheels. I can ride a bike just fine, but not when there are giant metal deathtraps speeding past me at 50 miles per hour! I have been to bike safety workshops and have tried practicing on my own in my city, but I'm just not ready to make the jump to strictly cycling everywhere. It's a goal, just not there yet.

Wanna join in on the Currently fun? Hop on over to Farley's blog to link up yourself! Enjoy :)

IEP Tips and Tricks: An In-Depth Look at Writing IEPs

Hey Y'all!

Find me at A Special Sparkle today to read all about writing IEPs. This post is jam-packed to help new special educators understand the ins and outs of IEP writing.

Hop on over by clicking the button below :)

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