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April 30, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 30 – Item #121

I need your attention.


Many use this as a way to grab student’s attention. It works really well. One ring and they look, you say what you need, then back to work they go.

April 30, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 29 – Item #120

Relaxing in the library.


Many libraries have comfortable chairs to sit in and read.

April 28, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 28 – Item #119

Helping students be aware of the world around them is important.


Even though it isn’t taught specifically, seeing displays like this in the hallway shows students about life.

April 27, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 27 – Item #118

These get you places.


I have a small set, janitors and administrators have very large sets of keys. Don’t lose them.

April 26, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 26 – Item #117

Must these be worn at all times? Why?


I took this picture at a track meet. The students were resting between races, freeing the feet can help relax.

So during school, do you require the shoes on at all times? What is the purpose of shoes? I have always been a barefoot kind of guy.

Shoes are a big part of schools and required clothing. We need closed toe for P.E.

Your thoughts?

April 25, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 25 – Item #116

It looks like trash . . .


it’s what is needed for track meets and other sporting events at school.

Water is very important on warm days outside as well as keeping hydrated. If we can keep students drinking water, then they will perform better. However, we also need to make sure they do not get water logged.

The photo above was taken at our track meet yesterday under the timers stand.

April 24, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 24 – Item #115

It’s time to read.


Many teachers have their own libraries in the classroom. Books bought with their own money. Books for students to read. Books that show the teacher’s personality.

I am currently taking inventory. I have over 125 books and counting! How large is your classroom library?

April 23, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 23 – Item #114

Today’s item can have many purposes.


Educational TOYS! Yes, toys can be educational.

Our Spanish teacher bought this in Mexico. So she shares with students the types of toys they play with in Mexico. It gives them a chance to see other cultures.

I am borrowing the toy for Science as we study motion. This toy is used by spinning in a circle. The centrifugal force of the ball, as well as the centripetal force helps the chickens lift and lower their heads as they eat.

April 23, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 22 – Item #113

Checking in.


Many districts now have badges for staff and many have them for students as well. I find them helpgul in knowing who is working, who is a guest, and calling students by name.

April 21, 2012 / Anthony Purcell

April 21 – Item #112

What are we doing today?


In our district we are to have the objectives up on the board for stduents to know what they are learning. I find if helpful for the aforementioned question, because I can point to the board and not answer the same question 50 times in one day.

I also think it’s wonderful for the students to know the purpose of the day. I know just writing in your agenda what activity the student is doing is great, but why are we doing the activity.

Are you required to have the objectives up? Do you think it’s helpful?