March 2017 – Della Larsen's Class

The best hack for using glue in the classroom

March 26, 2017

Glue sticks. Those 2 simple words bring me both joy and aggravation. I have a love hate relationship with glue sticks. On the one hand I love the ease of glue stick, no more puddles of glue, no clogged tops. It seemed like the perfect answer. But they let me down. Lost caps, dried out sticks, sticks that get turned so much the glue pops off the stick never to be fully insertd again. Nothing can ruin a perfectly good day quicker than lost glue caps. They must be hiding somewhere with all the missing socks.  I keep my relationship with glue sticks going because I just couldn’t face the alternative- clogged liquid glue. I can’t tell you how many hours of my life have been spent trying to soak those little orange tops. I ruined many perfectly good paper clips trying to excavate though dried out glue. Well my problem is solved. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before. Glue sponges. I’ve seen these little buggers on pinterest for years, but I never actually tried to make them. I was a fool!!!!! Seriously, glue sponges are my newest favorite hack. They are simple to make, and they actually...

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Using Flipped Lessons in Kindergarten

March 1, 2017

Using Flipped Lessons in Kindergarten  Have you heard about flipped lessons? I’ve been reading about flipping your classroom for a while, but I just didn’t see how it could work in kindergarten. It seemed to be an upper-grade level tool.  In case you’re new to the party, flipped lessons are basically a way to use video on the IPad or digital device to teach a lesson at home. Then the kids come back to school already having watched and they are ready for enrichment. It “flips” the traditional approach of direct instruction in class and then using homework for enrichment. How can we use flipped lessons in kindergarten? But what about kindergarten? How can we use technology to increase student engagement? Well, I’ve been playing around with flipped lessons and I think I may be on to something! But of course we need to modify for kindergarten.  Flipping has been a game-changer for me and my kids.  There’s an app for that! Like most things, there’s an app for that. I take a skill that my kids need more instruction with, and I create a video lesson on my IPad using the app Explain Everything. The lesson is basically what I...

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