I just had to share this story with all of you.
I teach 6th grade English, in a rural district, south of St. Louis, MO. My students are hard to reach at times. They love to talk about anything and everything...believe me when I say anything and everything! Whew! I have heard some stories!
I have tried so many tactics to help control behavior and excessive talking. The tactics work for a while, but then the kiddos get bored with it. While trying to put my brain to sleep one night, it occurred to me that to control behavior, I needed to find something that interests the kiddos to hold over their little noggin's. Well, I did indeed find what I was looking for!
My kiddos now earn the right to watch a GinaK StampTV video during tutorial/academic support time...hehehehe You should hear how they talk about the videos and they can't wait for the new videos on Wednesday and Friday. They have proclaimed that GinaK needs to make a video for everyday of the week. Their interest amazes me!
They talk about how they think GinaK should have embossed this or that. They are amazed at all of the entries into the challenges. At times they are critical, but find a positive in every entry. They are growing a stronger vocabulary from the terms used in craftying/stamping.
We will soon be doing "How to" essays/speeches and they all are required to use a technique from the GinaK StampTV videos to complete their essay/speech. They are so excited about it, instead of the normal dread that is associated with giving speeches. I am excited for them!
We are going to make Mother's Day cards when I get up the courage to bring in my GinaK stamps. I plan on doing a "respect and taking care of other's belongings" lesson prior to that day. Hey, I'm not a dummy!..hehehe Have a great day!
Holy Cannoli!!!!! THAT is so awesome and just amazing!!!! Yes..your students are wonderful and you truly are a special teacher!!!! We need more like you in our schools!!!!!
How creative! I'll bet the students look forward to your class.
What an awesome story! I love all the subliminal things they will be picking up and learning! Your kiddo's are so lucky to have you!
Wow what a fantastic idea. You are a marvel and now Gina will be even more famous. So nice to see children learning so much from OUR TEACHER. She really is brilliant and your idea makes you a brilliant teacher too. Thanks for telling us of your awesome idea.
This was an awesome story and so glad you shared it with us! I also work in the school system....and this was a brilliant idea! Those kids are so fortunate to have you!
Great story! What an awesome teacher you are!
Way cool! Wish I had of had you as my teacher in 6th grade! :D
It's amazing how creative kids can be when given the chance. In this era of the throw away and the cheap production line items, I'm finding more and more kids are interested in making cards. I'm not a teacher, but do (volunteer) card classes at both the local high school and primary school where my grandkids attend. It's always a popular class!
I'm so glad you found something the kids are interested in. Learning can happen even when it's not via a set curriculum class.
I just want to take the time to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for the lovely comments. I am truly blessed to be in a profession that builds our future and I do everything I can to make sure that none of my students aren't "left behind". It is a rewarding career, especially when I get to see the "light" turn on in their eyes. As with any career/job, there are frustrations and demands, but when I arrive each morning, I truly know that I found my calling. Again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
I have a question...
I was wondering if it would be possible for Gina to mention my kiddos in one of her videos? Do you think she would do this or would it be out of the question?
Hi Tina! I let Gina know about this thread and your story...so we'll just have to see does a shout out! I have no idea but it would be cool! ;)
I am hoping Gina will consider it. I can't tell you how much it would mean to the kiddos. A few students even shared the website with their parents and some have watched the videos too. I wouldn't be surprised if Gina gets more fans and customers.