Welcome ya'll to Dirksen School! To add to the excitement of the first day of school, a solar eclipse is on its way and we are ready to lasso the learning opportunity! Check out this video below to learn a bit more about what happens during a solar eclipse!
Breaking news!! The Cubs have won the world series!! I repeat...THE CUBS HAVE WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!
History has been made as the Cubs have finally won the world series. The curse has been broken! What curse, you say? Check out the video by clicking the GoatBusters image.
How does it feel to be apart of this exciting moment? Share your feelings and thoughts below:
Miss Lard challenged Dirksen students to think about why it is important to care about other's feelings. As a class,we have been working on caring about other's feelings and not just thinking about ourselves. We are learning that it is important to put others first. We read the book Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming to help us think about this idea of caring about others.
So, third graders, what did you learn? How did the characters care about others in the book, Be Good to Eddie Lee? How did they NOT care about others?
Finally, why do you think it is important to care about other's feelings?
Welcome back to school and welcome to 3rd grade! This is going to be such an exciting school year! I love to learn and I can't wait to get started learning along with each one of you!
I am especially excited because this year we will have a student teacher, Miss Fela, with us! She has been studying to be a teacher at Illinois State University and will join us for the fall and spring semesters! She has so many great ideas and will be co-teaching with me this year! She loves art, so I am excited to learn some tips and tricks from her!
I just got back from a summer-long trip in Washington, D.C. If you scroll down, you can see some highlights and pictures! Starting off the year in Social Studies, we will be discussing citizenship and what it looks like to be a citizen of a country, state, city, and classroom. Together we will write a constitution and make plans for how we expect our school year in 3rd grade to run. It's going to be great!
So how about you!? What are you most excited for this school year?
Washington, D.C. is a unique city in that there are so many different cultures represented. Every day I am surrounded by so many different people with various backgrounds, interests, and styles. Frequently in the summer there are cultural events where you can try new foods, learn about another place, try out a dance, and even do some shopping! Check out the pictures from the cultural events I attended. In particular, it was really special for me to visit the Basque Festival! I have many friends and family who live there, so I was so honored to learn about their lives.
Check it out! You can visit the home of our current president! To reserve your self-guided tour, you have to first write to your senator and have a background check. Once you are approved, you are ready for your tour! To enter the White House, you have to go through 4 security check points: 2 ID checks, 1 Canine check, and 1 metal detector. Throughout the tour and on the grounds, there are secret service everywhere keeping the house and the president safe.
Now that I have been living in D.C. for 3 weeks, I have begun to experience what everyday life is like. During the week, I have an internship where I dress up in professional clothes and work in an office. I found that walking in my dress shoes wasn't going to work, so I decided to walk wearing a dress and tennis shoes. Quite a fashion statement, right? Trust me, I wasn't the only one. In fact, it is typical to see someone dressed up in a business suit or fancy dress wearing tennis shoes to and from the office. As much as I could have continued walking to and from work each day, I found a simpler way to travel to work. Easier than walking everywhere, and cheaper than using the Capitol Bike Share system (in the long run), I found out that buying a bike would be the best way to go. So far it has already paid off and made the commute much easier!
Now that I own a bike, it makes traveling around the city much easier. After work, I find myself stopping by a Smithsonian museum for a few hours to learn and see interesting facts and sights. On my way home, I usually take the long route and find a good place to watch the sun set. One time, on the way home, I saw the Presidential Limo drive by! I was so excited! I caught a picture of it later parked on the side of the road. Apparently it had broken down because the hood was popped open and people were looking inside of it and working on fixing whatever was the problem. It still felt pretty special to see the limo, even though the president wasn't inside of it.
There are so many activities to participate in and places to eat and sites to see while I am here. I have a list going and the problem is that it keeps getting longer faster than I can check things off. One of my favorite activities is to head to the Capitol in the evening to catch a military band playing on the lawn and watch the sunset as they play patriotic songs. Check out some of my "everyday experiences" in the slide show below:
Meet Miss Coon
I love to learn new things! One great place to learn is by spending time in nature and the outdoors! Any opportunity that I can get to take a bike ride, hike, or walk I will gladly do it! I also love music and enjoy playing my flute at church and singing with my sisters. But most of all, I love kids. My passion is to teach children to inquire, and to love learning about this incredible world as I do. My students tend to think I love to learn just because I am a teacher. By modeling the struggle of learning and researching my own interests, I hope my students and others can follow my example and be empowered to seek after their questions to find answers in the midst of the struggle.