I looked up at the sky- it was Crayola Blue- that rich beautiful blue you see without a cloud nearby.
For the first time in many months, my class was taking a mask break outside. In the fall, we took outside masks breaks daily until the temperature started dropping. By mid-November, we were no longer going outside. It's a long day in the classroom now, with special area teachers coming to us and lunch no longer in the cafeteria. The chance to get outside, breathe in fresh air and be out of our classroom is so welcome.
It was a blue sky kind of teaching day. We did a hands-on science activity where students had to build a bridge out of paper that would support pennies. They had to create stronger bridges to get more and more pennies to stay on top without making the bridge collapse. Students worked with a partner- masks on- and it felt so refreshing to be able to have students collaborate. The opportunities have been limited but there is so much value in their conversations, their shared ideas, their teamwork.
In math, we used play-doh to represent fractions- a new concept for students. We partitioned the play-doh into halves, fourths, thirds, and more. Students were so engaged.
Some days in the classroom can be downright stormy and some are just mildly gray. A blue sky teaching day doesn't come around as much as I'd like, but today reminded me that I need to do more to control the weather in my classroom because the blue sky days feel really good.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski