THEMATIC Teaching TWIST
Do you have to give district assessments that require bubble in answer sheets? I’m so worn out from filling in bubbles!!! 40 questions per test, 30 answer sheets per test … I only teach 1st grade math – but I know that is A LOT of bubbles!!!! Assessments for report cards almost finished, so YAY! Just one more test to go.
I was looking at my bulletin boards today and was thinking they aren’t my favorite in the looks & cuteness department, but have successfully served their purpose this month. I’ll be assessing the kids tomorrow on our social studies unit and I’m pretty confident they are VERY prepared. I’m huge on thematic teaching. There is an argument that there is no need for thematic teaching and it takes away from the learning that is SUPPOSED to take place. I couldn’t disagree with this argument more. I think it is a spectacular way to incorporate the social studies and science standards into everything we do throughout the day. I believe it is very important for the children to be completely immersed in a concept in order to fully understand it. Utilizing multiple intelligences to address these concepts is a sure fire way to envelope the children in new understanding. Each month the theme of my room changes. All of the bulletin boards, all of the books that are displayed, even the table markers. Yep, it’s a ton of work.
So this month we have been comparing and contrasting the past and present.
In some ways it is more work than what I used to do years ago, and in others, it’s way easier. I like not having to prepare a weekly theme (preparing apple, pumpkin, spider and bat units used to take up QUITE a bit of time). The focus is clear, fairly long-standing, and serves a tremendous purpose.