Friday, July 27, 2012

Camp Invention, TSI and Scentos!

I have been super busy the last couple weeks.  Two weeks ago I served as an instructor for Camp Invention.  It's a summer enrichment program for kids who have completed K-5.  I taught the Inventeureka™ module which is centered around the invention process.  I had such a blast in those four days!  The best way to describe the week is it's like Vacation Bible School on steroids.  It was exciting to see the kids imagination come out in their inventions.  It was also a great opportunity for me to reevaluate the way I teach science.  I definitely took away some great ideas for this upcoming year!  For more information about Camp Invention click the picture below.

I left on Sunday of this week to travel to San Antonio for the Texas TAP Summer Institute (TSI).  TAP stands for Teacher Advancement Program which is a school-reform model centered around recruiting and retaining the highest quality educators through its four elements of success (Multiple Career Paths, Ongoin Applied Professional Growth, Instructionally Focused Accountability and Performance-Based Compensation).  I was very excited when the opportunity to serve as a mentor on my new campus came available and jumped at the chance to attend TSI again this summer.  I absolutely love my TAP Leadership Team (TLT) and I know there are great things in store for our campus and our kids this year.  TSI is a three-day workshop where TLT's from TAP campuses across Texas come together to attend professional development sessions and construct data-driven goals for our campus.  We then select or develop strategies that will be taught in weekly Cluster (professional development) sessions that specifically target our student's highest needs.  It wasn't all work though.  We definitely took advantage of the resort's lazy river and water slides once our work was done!  

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country

My son Parker is moving up to the toddler room at daycare next week so we took a trip to Wal-Mart last night to get his school supplies.  I was gathering up crayons and markers when all of a sudden I spotted these little beauties! 

I have been looking for these for forever!  I saw Kathleen Pedersen post about them on Growing Kinders and loved her idea of using them to check center work.  I went out and started searching that day and haven't been able to find them until now!  And the best part....they were only 88 cents!  I snatched up every flavor they had but I will definitely be going back to grab some more!  Check them out while your out shopping the back-to-school sales!

Well I'm off to lunch with a friend.  I am still working on lots of units for the upcoming year so please check back often to see when they are posted!

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