Room108 Podcast 22: Meet Our PT Staff

Students interview the Positive Tomorrows staff, and ask the question, “What are you grateful for?” Inspired by the Storycorps project. This is the twenty-first episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. The Storycorps Project
  3. VIDEO: Great Thanksgiving Listen from StoryCorps & Google
  4. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  5. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  6. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  7. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
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Room108 Podcast 21: Things We Are Grateful For

Our character word for this week has been Gratitude. We have spent time being thankful for the good things in our lives. In this podcast students talked about thinks they are grateful for. We also created a paper slide video, using the song “Grateful” by emptyhandsmusic. This is the twenty-first episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. Mrs. Fryer’s Class Is Grateful For It All (a “paper slide” quick edit video)
  3. Song “Grateful” by emptyhandsmusic
  4. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  5. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  6. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  7. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
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Good News, Bad News at Opening Meeting

One of the best things we have built into our daily morning meeting schedule this year is “Good News, Bad News.”  Morning Meeting is run by our student of the week. The meeting is divided into different sections. After saying our school creed, we have “Good News, Bad News.” This is an opportunity for students to share something about what is going on in their lives. For students living in deep poverty, as my students do, it can often be a very emotional and “heavy” time of sharing. It can be an eye opening window into the lives my students live on a daily basis. In the course of this year, I have dealt with the violence of a mother being stabbed, a father being shot during a robbery, and a student who witnessed his dog being killed by another dog, On the positive side, we have learned about the joys of families finding stable/permanent housing, birthday celebrations, moms graduating from the “Bridge to Life” program, moms getting their GEDs, and children being reunited with their parents after incarceration.

I have found that the open conversations which result from “Good News, Bad News,” have helped some children realize and understand “they are not not alone” in their life experiences, and that they can be open and honest with their feelings. This allows for us to talk about how our school is a safe place, both physically and emotionally, for them to share their lives with others. These discussions help students learn and practice active listening, as well as develop empathy for others. This is tremendously important. While this is not something on a standardized test or a graph of academic skills, these conversations are helping my students develop many of the most important attitudes and abilities which they can take with them on their journey through life.

Exploring the Great Outdoors in Oklahoma

Some of my favorite field trips for my students have involved being outdoors and introducing them to learning in nature. A few weeks ago we went to the Lake Arcadia Education Conservation Area, and had an opportunity to teach our kids how to fish. This was the first time some of my students had ever been fishing. One student’s mother told me this had been her son’s lifelong dream: To go fishing. He didn’t end up catching a fish that day, but his brother did.

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Our “character word” for that week had been patience. Fishing proved to be a great activity to discuss patience and to practice patience, having to wait for exciting things! We learned about digital photography during the field trip thanks to a grant through the Udall Foundation “Parks in Focus” program, and students each had opportunities to take their own photos.

OKC Good put together a wonderful, four minute video about our field trip and our school. Check it out!

I posted 13 photos from our field trip to a new Flickr album. I love outdoor education! I wish all students at every school had opportunities to learn and just experience nature the way our students can at Positive Tomorrows.

Fishing Trip by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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One of the best things about outdoor field trips like this is that students can repeat similar experiences with their families for little or no cost. Of course transportation is always an issue, but unlike activities which require an admission fee, enjoying our local parks and natural areas are affordable outings for everyone.

Fishing Trip by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Room108 Podcast 20: We’re Studying Spiders!

Today we started studying about spiders! Students discovered some really fun facts. Give a listen to our podcast and you can learn with us. Also check out the storyboard about spiders I created with PBS Learning Media videos and resources. This is the twentieth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. My PBS Learning Media Storyboard on Spiders
  2. This podcast episode on Opinion
  3. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  4. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  5. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  6. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer

Room108 Podcast 19: Skating with the Oklahoma City Blazers

Positive Tomorrows students celebrate the end of our first quarter skating with the Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey Team at Arctic Edge in Edmond, Oklahoma. This is the nineteenth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey Team
  3. Arctic Edge Ice Rink in Edmond, Oklahoma
  4. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  5. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  6. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  7. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
Ice Skating by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Room108 Podcast 18: Questions we have about ocean life

Our class is studying coral reefs and my students have some questions about ocean life and would like to reach out to experts for answers. This is the eighteenth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  3. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  4. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  5. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer

Room108 Podcast 17: What did you blog about today?

Today we posted our first blog posts! We are excited to get your comments. Visit our webpage and read today’s posts. This is the seventeenth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. Our Class Blog on WriteAbout.com
  2. This podcast episode on Opinion
  3. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  4. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  5. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  6. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
Fishing Trip by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Room108 Podcast 16: How did you show honesty or integrity today?

Our character words for this week are honesty and integrity. In this episode of our classroom radio show, students talk about how they have recently shown honesty and integrity . This is the sixteenth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  3. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  4. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  5. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
First Week by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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Room108 Podcast 15: New Books

The Oklahoma City Thunder Bus came to visit our school today, and every student in our class was able to select a new book they can keep and take home. In this episode of our classroom radio show, students talk about new books they are reading. This is the fifteenth episode of our classroom podcast, created using the free Opinion app on my iPhone.  I teach third and fourth grade students at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City.

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Shownotes:

  1. This podcast episode on Opinion
  2. Our radio show homepage on Opinion
  3. Rolling Thunder Book Bus
  4. Our Classroom Website (on Google Sites)
  5. Our Classroom YouTube Channel
  6. Follow me on Twitter:  @sfryer
Enjoying the Reading Nook by shellyfryer, on Flickr
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