Thursday, February 28, 2013

Myers-Briggs Part 6: What's Your Type?

Myers-Briggs Part 6: What's Your Type?  This post is a summary of a 6 part series on the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types.
For the last 6 weeks I have posted once a week about my experiences with the Myers-Briggs Personality Types. This is something that helped me not only as a teacher, but as a person, learning about the world around me. Tonight, we're summing it up!

First, I told about my master's program and my first introduction to the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. Click the image below for the link to that post:

The next week, I posted about the difference between Introverts (I) and Extraverts (E). I even listed famous Introverts and famous Extraverts, and suggested possible careers for both. Of the four preferences, this is the one I personally struggled with the most. I've learned much more about it, and now I'm proud to be an Introvert. There are many successful Introverts in our world, including teachers! Click the image below to get to the post about Introversion and Extraversion.

Next up was Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N). This one is quite important to us as teachers. People process information in different ways, and it's essential that we respect both preferences. Most teachers teach to their own preference, which leaves out many students. Click the image below to read more about how people process information.

A week later, I posted about the third preference: How we make decisions. The two preferences are Feeling (F) and Thinking (T). Click the image below to read about Thinkers and Feelers.

Finally, last week posted about how people live their outer life. That's Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). This was another area where I struggled, until I realized that Judging didn't mean Judgmental. It just means I prefer structure and order. Understanding who I am really helped me appreciate the Ps in my life! Click the image below for more information about Judging and Perceiving.

Although I recommend taking the official Myers Briggs Instrument (click HERE for information.) However after some thought, you might have a guess on where you land on some of the preferences.  

There are a total of 16 different "types".  
Here they are!


If you click the image and go to the Myers Briggs website, there is a link for a description to each of these 16 personality types.

I'm an ISFJ. They call me The Nurturer. If you google ISFJ and read the  description, you'll see a perfect description of me. It's almost as if someone who knew me very well wrote a detailed description of my personality.

What's your type?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Booking Across New Hampshire

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Happy Booking Across the USA!  There are over 50 bloggers representing 50 states who are posting about their states today!  What are we posting about?  Books, of course!  Everyone has found a book that represents their state.

I'm so excited about the book I chose!
Click image for link to Amazon.

A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry is a piece of history, and a lesson about respect for the environment.  Plus, it is a beautiful taste of the state of New Hampshire!

When I first picked up this book, I thought I had a nice picture book about a river that runs through Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but it turned out to be so much more!

This map from the end pages show how the Nashua River runs through parts of
Massachusetts and empties into the Merrimack River by Nashua, New Hampshire.
The story  begins 7000 years ago when Native Americans first settled on the banks of what is now  the Nashua River.  (They originally called it Nash-a-way, which meant "River with the Pebbled Bottom.")  When I read this story to my students, they had an unmistakable vision of the clear water and the shiny pebbles. For hundreds of years the Native Americans lived by the banks of the river, taking only what they needed and respecting the river and the surrounding forests.
Then came the English settlers.  The story explains in detail how the settlers cleared the land of the forests, building farms, villagers, then sawmills. 
Then came the industrial revolution.  The Nashua River became a dumping ground for factory waste and was no longer the beautiful clear water with the pebbles shining from the bottom.
The story continues to tell the story of the efforts to clean the Nashua River.  It is a true story which tells a valuable lesson.

As I read the story to my students, I was struck by their passion for what happened to the river, and how strongly they felt about the need for a clean up!  They commented on the beauty of the water and Lynne Cherry's beautiful illustrations that are so similar to what we see in many parts of New Hampshire.  They loved the borders around the text, which told the story of that error of history.  (First, the wildlife that lived undisturbed in the river valley, then the tools of the Native Americans, then the tools of the English traders, and onward until the clean up efforts and clean waters of today.)  You could spend days learning about New England's history from this book without even reading the text!  (But please, read the text, too!)

This book would be a great book to read when learning about Native Americans or when learning about the environment.  It's a great choice to read on Earth Day because of the environmental lesson.  It's also a great book for teaching history as well as the beauty of New England.  

I had many thoughts about activities connected to this book, but settled on one that celebrates the beauty of the clean waters of the Nashua River.

The above picture from the book reminded me of a technique of artwork called pointillism as done by some impressionist artists such as George Seurat and  Vincent Van Gogh.  (See THIS LINK for examples.)  It's simply artwork made by lots of tiny dots.

Although this little project hardly captures the complexity of Starry Night by Van Gogh or A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by George Seurat, the kids get a kick out of it.

For this activity, you'll need crayons, water color paints, and my favorite:  blue glitter glue!  



First, start by drawing lots of little brown, black, and gray pebbles in a "river shape".


Second, make a green wash, with loads of green dots beside the pebble river.(This is the beginning of the forest by the river.)
That will need to dry before the next step:  add yellow, orange, and red dots.  (These dots will be the beautiful New Hampshire trees in the autumn.)
Here's my favorite part:  cover the pebble river with the blue glitter glue.  Can you see the pebbles sparkling from the bottom of the river?  
Reading this book, and knowing more of her work makes me want to read some of these other books by Lynne Cherry!  (Click the images for links to Amazon.com)

                              

Here are a few more books with a New Hampshire theme:

                                        

Please check out these other reviews as part of the Booking Across America celebration.  And if you like what you see, please pin them and tell your friends!
Alabama: Everyday Snapshots Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days Arizona: Simply Kinder and Think, Wonder, & Teach Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now Connecticut: The Teacher Park Delaware: Mama Miss Florida: Teaching Stars Georgia: Fabulously First Hawaii: Teaching With Style Idaho: True Aim Education Illinois: Growing Book by Book Indiana: Teach Preschool Iowa: Surviving a Teacher's Salary Kansas: KCEdventures Kentucky: Chicken Babies Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog Maine: Maine Adventure Mom and Country Fun Child Care Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes Massachusetts: Mama Smiles Michigan: Play DrMom Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk Missouri- Ready. Set. Read! Montana: The Honey Bunch Nebraska: The Good Long Road Nevada: Boy Oh Boy Crafts New Hampshire: Elementary Matters New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom New York: What Do We Do All Day North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog North Dakota: ND HealthWorks Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher’s Blog Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory Tennessee: No Monkey Business Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen Utah: Teach Beside Me Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog Virgina: Once Upon a Story, and The Freckled Homeschooler Washington: Home Learning Journey and Boy Mama Teacher Mama West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me Wisconsin: Reading Confetti Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle USA: The Corner on Character

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Celebrate the King of Nonsense

Celebrate the King of Nonsense! Ideas, books, and resources to celebrate Dr. Seuss in the classroom
Read Across America Day is coming up this week!  
Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss on March 2nd!

We'll be celebrating the whole week of his birthday!

Dr. Seuss was the master of rhyme and nonsense.  In his books, if he didn't have a word that rhymed that fit, he made one up!  And he did it well! Just look at this list of some of my favorite Dr. Seuss books! (Each image is a link to Amazon.)
                                     

So, how do I celebrate Dr. Seuss?  With Nonsense words, of course!  I have this board game freebie with 24 CVC, CCVC or CVCC Nonsense words  Click the image to download the freebie.


Want to have the kids practice more than just short vowel words?  
This extended version has 30 short vowel words, 18 long vowel words, and 18 vowel pairs and R controlled vowels.  Click the image for the link to this resource.




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