Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mindfulness Week 1 Check In

Hello all!

My first week of Mindfulness was.... not what I expected.

I have no doubts that Mindfulness is for me.  And no doubts that it does work and can work.  I went into this expecting it to be amazing and wonderful!  What threw me for a loop was that....  The first meditation we were supposed to do every day for 45 minutes was SO boring!  haha  NOT what I expected.

I'm not a total newbie to meditation and I already had experience.  So.... 

The first meditation we practice for 45 minutes each day, ahem, supposed to practice 45 minutes every day.  The first night I did it while getting ready for bed and actually fell asleep because I was bored.  The 2nd night I decided to try the 20 minute version instead, but was still bored.  The third day I thought, why don't I just do one of my other meditations that I already KNOW I enjoy??  So I did that for the rest of the week.

And then I had to go to my 2nd Mindfulness class and fess up that this girl who was SO excited to try Mindfulness meditations couldn't even DO them because she was bored.

My preconceived ideas of what to expect totally sabotaged my first week of Mindfulness meditating! 

My (awesome) teacher asked what she could do to help me want to do the meditations every day.  And I said that a reason to do them would be nice, lol.  I mean, why do something that I find super boring if I don't *have* to? 

Her reason is a good one: Because it works.  The science proving that it works is remarkable.  It is going to work.  But it is not going to work if I don't do it.  'Nuf said.
(Learn more about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School website HERE.)

Here's to Week 2 and actually using the prescribed meditation this time!!  My plan is to use Young Living's Stress Away oil with each meditation this week.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Spanish Lesson! Grin & Grab It Day this Sunday!

Grin and Grab it Day 1-25-2015 Free Products for One Day

This post is about another blog hop Grin and Grab it Day 1-25-2015 with free products for one day. Several bloggers have joined this blog hop and by visiting their blogs you can see which usually priced products on TpT are free this Sunday only. We live in different time zones, but products will be marked down in the morning and be priced again in the evening. We just ask you kindly rate them while they are still free as after they are again priced, people who get them for free will be unable to rate them at that point in time. Grin-and-Grab-it day get a usually priced product on TpT on 1-25-2015
First, La Profesora Frida who I have written about previously on this blog, has a Spanish Adjective Agreement and Clothing Practice product. No prep! Just print and go! The activities in this packet are designed to supplement your already in place Spanish curriculum and to offer extra opportunities for your students to buff up on their adjective agreement skills. Spanish-Adjective-Agreement-Practice-with-Clothing-La-Ropa-1622297
Charlene Tess who has written several guest blog posts on this blog has a lesson in comparing and contrasting two short stories and a rubric for grading the composition product that will be free Sunday. Included in the packet are: • a note to the teacher with instructions on how to present the lesson; • 2 sample rubrics; • a graphic organizer on which students take notes on the plot, characters, theme, point of view, and tone of two short stories; • and more! omparing-and-Contrasting-Two-Short-Stories-140235
Artistic Educational Tools has Rhyming Word Family Flip Books, for grades 1-2. This version is black line only. The black line version is well suited for students to color their own flip books. It is also nice for schools and homeschools with limited or no color printing capabilities! Rhyming-Word-Family-Flip-Books-Grades-1-2-Black-Line-Only-471975
The Silent E Love Bugs and Magic e! Valentine's Day Literacy Center is being given by Teaching Resources for the Classroom. This product helps meet CCSS RF.1.3, RF.1.4, RF.1.3e, RF.K.3, and RF.2.3 as well as providing fun learning experiences.
Wise Owl Factory is joining in this free product day, too. The Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases product will be free Sunday. It helps meets CCSS L.1.1i and L.K.1e.Mice-Themed-Prepositional-Phrases-Center-and-Writing-Frame-PDF-135745We hope you enjoy our free product day and that you will enjoy the lessons and activities
Thank you for reading, Carolyn

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Spanish class: REVIEW Games for Verb Conjugation!

Picture this:

Your ENTIRE Spanish class ALL participating in a REVIEW of SPANISH VERB CONJGUATIONS and every single one of those kiddos having FUN! 

Yup, totally possible!  Octopus On Guard is a super fun game that your students will actually ASK to play
One of the BEST things about this game: NO prep! Just print and go!

The premise of the game is that the Octopus is guarding her treasure and students must “pop the bubbles” in the way!

--Students pair up and are armed with a marker (or highlighter or colored pencil, etc!).

--The teacher calls out conjugated verbs in English and the students race each other to find the correct conjugations in Spanish.

--When a student finds the correct conjugation, they “pop the bubble” by coloring it in.
   (The student who found the correct bubble can then tell their partner where to find it so the partner can color it in too.)

--Whoever finds the correct conjugation first, earns a point.
    (My students just keep a tally on the side of their papers.)

--The student with the most points at the end wins!
   (What do they win??  Bragging rights, usually!  lol)

 Another way to play this as a whole class is to use it as a "matamoscas" or "flyswatter" game!

The "little" Octopus on Guard! packet contains 1 game each for AR / ER / IR verbs in the PRESENT TENSE!  <-- a great way to try out the games with your students

But you can also find Octopus on Guard with game boards for:

Spanish Present Tense, Imperfect, Preterit, Conditional and Future TENSES:

Spanish -AR verbs Octopus On Guard!
Spanish -ER verbs Octopus On Guard!
Spanish -IR verbs Octopus On Guard!

“Octopus on Guard” is a great review game and motivator. This game can go quickly! It’s a great warm up activity or closer at the end of a lesson.

You can laminate these and use them over and over again throughout the year!

If you’d like it to last a little longer, consider photocopying double-sided and play “rounds.”

I hope you LOVE these games as much as my kiddos! 

~La Profesora Frida

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a teacher's perspective

Are you making any 2015 New Year's Resolutions?  (Please comment below!)

I'm a bit.... adverse to New Year's Resolutions, as I never seem to be able to keep them...  Usually they've been about losing weight, eating healthier, etc., etc.

Because New Year's Resolutions have been so hard for me to keep, one year my resolution was: Wear more flowers in my hair!  Which I did.  With flair!  (See my La Profesora Frida picture for proof!)  ;) 

This year I've taken the leap and have signed up for a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop.  This was something my doctor suggested for me years ago, and at the time I couldn't work it into my schedule, so it went on the back burner.  And I've pulled it back into the forefront once again and am excited to give it a go!

A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshop is 8 weeks long, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours each time.  Then there is a 4 week 1/2 day silent retreat at the very end. 

According to The Center For Mindfulness, I should be able "Learn to cultivate life-long tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, illness and pain."

During the course I can expect:
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CDs and a home practice workbook

  • I found these 2 teas at the local health store and thought they'd be a nice addition to my Mindful journey!  :)

    I'm really looking forward to my first class!  I'll keep you all posted as to my thoughts about the MBSR course and my progress!
    ~La Profesora Frida