Friday, January 17, 2014

Powerful thoughts by our 6th Graders

As a teacher, there are many times when you find something last minute and you just decide to wing it. Sometimes those lessons flop and you're left thinking, why on earth did I stray from plans? What was I thinking? Then there are moments where everything falls into place and your doubts about your upcoming plans turning into one of the most beautiful and remarkable moments in your teaching career! Today was that day for me and happened during our meeting while we gathered together with our students to discuss the everlasting impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on our lives.

There was not a book read.... no packet of worksheets given... but rather a YouTube video from a young voice with a very boisterous, but powerful message!

Even though the students shared a lot of laughs throughout this clip, we could tell that there minds were really thinking. Thinking about a question the Kid President had asked. So we took it...(see the question in pink on the board to the right) and ran with it...

Here are a few of my favorite responses from our students:

Miss Rybar even chimed in (about the picture to the left) and led a quick discussion after our awesome Emma's brought up the subject of bullying and cyber-bullying. 

Although we have not had issues with this topic this school year, I always fear the unknown of what our students are dealing with online. What are they facing outside of school, when our teacher eyes aren't watching? Is there something they are deal with on their own that we know nothing about? 

Although we always seem to see a really silly side of our student's personalities on a daily basis, I've always wondered about what's going on in their minds when they are truly moved. And based upon the responses you see above... I think that I finally found my answer. 

To wrap up our discussion and get them ready to go down to an assembly where the group"Respect" acted out skits covering bullying, respecting relationships and show kindness towards others, we revisited Kid President and watched another powerful segment about how to change the world. 

To conclude this blog and my day at Fairview, I leave you with a few thoughts for the weekend. What will you be doing with your students next week as we remember how Martin Luther King Jr. changed our lives and the lives of others? What impact can we make? How can we change the world??

Monday, January 13, 2014


Wow, who knew that when I goggled "What is a BLOGOLOGIST?" something would actually come up. So after allotting so much of my personal time and dedication towards my quest of defining and learning what a blogologist is, here's what I have found.... 

According to the writer of Blog Core Values of Blogspot, a blogologist is "someone who studies blogs, bloggers, blogging, and the blogosphere". Okay great, that actually makes sense, but I only understand three of those four words which leads me to my next question. BLOGOSPHERE? What?!?!?! 

I definitely think Urban Dictionary's thoughts about it were the best. So if you will, find a quiet place and close your eyes. Visualize thousands of maniacs wandering around the streets of New York City, muttering random thoughts quietly to themselves. I, of course, imagined very human-like zombies walking with crazy leg limps with their hands stretched out in front of them mumbling. However, in my mind there was one lunatic off in the distance running through the streets of NYC screaming his thoughts while loosing control of basic muscle control because of Tourette's. Poor guy.... 

Now, take all of those random mumbling ideas, write it all down, place it online and.... 
A BLOGOSPHERE...the place where all that is located at is called the blogosphere!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello All! My name is Sara Heine and I'm a 6th grade teacher at Fairview Elementary which is located in Bellevue, NE. This is my second year teaching in the big, bad world of elementary and before that, I taught three years of 7th and 8th grade math at Mission Middle School (also part of Bellevue Public Schools.)

I have to admit that I'm very unfamiliar with the blogging world. I think my largest fear about publishing my "online dear diary entries" is that I don't want to sound "stupid" (for lack of better words). I don't think of myself as a natural writer and am nervous that it will be difficult to come up with interesting topics to discuss, reflect on, and entertain my readers with!

However, I do feel that this experience will help me grow professionally as an educator. I think it will benefit me even more personally though, because I may finally gain the confidence that I need speak opening without fumbling over my own words. Initially, this will be a "one way conversation" so I can actually finish a thought without someone jumping in and stealing my thunder. Until, of course, they finish reading my blog and are thoroughly enlightened by my inspiring work as a 6th grade teacher and decide to comment on what they've just read. (P.S. You should try reading that last two sentences in one breath, with extremem emphasis on the commas, while progressively reading faster and faster to add more drama and effect!)

So you may be asking yourself "Why start blogging now?" Welp, here's your answer! An all powerful being forced me too! Can you believe that! The madness... life is just not fair! I'm actually completely lying. This blog is going to be my story of how my classroom was transformed after I received the a 1:1 ratio of iPads to students!

I still haven't been able to wrap my head around this great gift from my district, but ready or not... here they come! Literally... they are being prepped for my classroom, as I type. Here's my proof! My name is even on the box so they REALLY ARE FOR MY CLASSROOM!

In conclusion (because I can feel myself start to ramble),  I hope that my first blog has been a success since I still haven't discover the meaning of blogging. But maybe after some exploration, I will become a world renowned blogologist!

BLOGOLOGIST....... What?!?!