Filed Under (games) by Lee Kolbert on 29-08-2009

Games are good for lots of things!

Sometimes you can learn a lot from playing games and sometimes games are just plain fun! I found this game site where some of the games are not only fun but will also really help you stretch your thinking. Try some then leave a comment and tell us which one you tried. Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

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Filed Under (social studies) by Lee Kolbert on 24-08-2009

Florida waterwaysIn class we are learning that when Geographers study the earth they want to find out the spatial dimension (where something is and why is it there) and the ecological dimension (how humans interact with it). As we apply all of this to Florida’s geography, it is easy to focus on why Florida is such a good place to live.

My students have some wonderful stories about the adventures they’ve had and the sights they’ve seen while living here in Florida. They also can tell you why other people like to visit and why tourism is important to Florida. I hope they will share some of their stories here in the comments.

What can you share about where you live?

Filed Under (blogging) by Lee Kolbert on 06-08-2009

Hello NameTagWelcome to my class blog. This will be a space for sharing ideas and engaging in some ongoing conversations around posted topics. I hope you will feel comfortable commenting.

I’d like to use this space today to introduce myself. First let me say that I’m very excited to be teaching at Waters Edge this year.

I have been a teacher for 25 years. My first 20 were in the classroom where I have taught 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students. I taught at Coral Sunset Elementary, Waters Edge Elementary (yes, I’m back!), and Sunrise Park Elementary. For the last 5 years, I have been a district administrator where my job has been mostly to help teachers learn to use technology effectively in their classrooms.

I’ve always missed teaching students but more so recently. So, when I heard about all the great things happening at Waters Edge, I decided that I really wanted to be a part of such a wonderful learning experience.

Do you ever get nervous on the first day of school? We all do. It always makes me nervous when I meet someone for the first time. I wonder if the person will like me and what impression I will make. I want people to know that I’m friendly and I also want them to know that I ask a lot of questions, not because I’m nosy or trying to argue, but because I’m curious.

What do you want people to know about you when you meet them for the first time?

(To my students, as a reminder, the first week optional homework assignment is posted below.)

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