Every morning when I entered my classroom, I opened the shades to our large windows. I don't know why that's the first thing I did, but it became a habit I enjoyed. Few people were at the school when I arrived, so opening the window shades became a personal, quiet ritual.
I've been a teacher for almost a decade now. I taught kindergarten and first-grade for the past seven years. This past year, I experienced burnout, so I decided to take time away from being a classroom teacher.
My burnout was due to many reasons. These include changes in policies at my school, increased student social-emotional challenges, lack of opportunities to advance and grow, and more.
I'm not sure what it is about water, but kids seem to love a project that involves getting wet! In this project, students learned about buoyancy by designing their own boats.
They learned that boats float because their weight is equal to the pressure from the liquid beneath them. We first experimented with objects to see what would float in a small amount of water. Then we added more water to see whether or not it changed their ability to float.