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21/Mar/2017
by Denise Krebs
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It’s Mother’s Day in Bahrain

Another day of external review / inspections at our school. It’s been a lot of work and a bit of stress. Today I forgot all about my writing, and spent all evening getting my students’ Mother’s Day posts up and running for the moms. It’s now almost bedtime, and another busy day tomorrow.

For those reasons, today I’ll share my students’ Slices of Life with their sweet mamas and a picture of this lovely coffee cup I got from Hussain for Mother’s Day.

20/Mar/2017
by Denise Krebs
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My Favorite Conversation with a Student Today

It was an email conversation last night, actually. (I wanted to wait and ask his permission to share it with you, and he said I could.)

Last week the U.S. sprung ahead for Daylight Savings Time. In Bahrain, as in most of Asia, there is no such time change. We had this conversation through email.

S: Hi Mrs. Denise, the time in the U.S. has jumped ahead 1 hour!!!

😮😮😮

Me: Yes, that’s right! I’m glad we don’t change!

S: I saw that from the slice of life challenge website that at 2am u.s time, they jumped ahead one hour that means they became 3 am !!!

I didn’t respond again at that time, but a week later, he sent me a followup email:

Does Donald Trump changed it?

19/Mar/2017
by Denise Krebs
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Differentiation Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Do Jigsaw Puzzles

“Aunt Josephine? When we go to the store for puzzles, can we not get jigsaw puzzles?” I pleaded.

Wisely, she left my question unanswered and said, “We’ll see what they have when we get there.”

My seven-year-old self fretted the whole rest of the day and all the way to the dime store in town. My 10-year-old sister and I were staying for a week at Aunt Josephine’s farm.

Why we would continue to keep going back year after year when we got so homesick, I don’t know, but we persisted in the coming years. A lot of it was fun- -spending time with the baby animals, riding on the tractor and in the back of the hay wagon- -but the dark and noisy nights scared us. Farm animal noises.

Anyway, one of the things Aunt Josephine loved was jigsaw puzzles. She and my sister were enjoying putting together a difficult puzzle. I don’t know how many pieces- -maybe 500, 200, or possibly even less. I don’t remember, but the number of pieces was daunting to me! I did not enjoy helping, and it probably made me more homesick and lonely watching them do the puzzle together.

When my aunt told me she would buy a puzzle for me that I would like, I got excited, but remained skeptical. I couldn’t imagine there was such a thing, so I worried.

That evening, as she promised, she took us into town and right to the toy section.

And there, when I saw it, I jumped for joy: a cardboard puzzle in a tray, with guides to line up the 15 pieces. A puzzle that rocked a picture of a sweet kitten in a basket. My heart soared! Now that’s a puzzle. That’s the kind of puzzle I love.

“Oh good,” I said. “They have good puzzles here–not jigsaw puzzles.”

My aunt showed me the label: 15-piece jigsaw puzzle. “I guess you will be able to get a jigsaw puzzle, after all,” she said, with a smile. Then she bought me two different kitten puzzles.


I was reminded of that story this morning as I made a verb game for my students–some of whom are advanced grade five readers, as good as many native English speaking grade 5 students I’ve known. On the other hand, some of them are still learning basic English vocabulary. All of them study half of their day in Arabic subjects.

Differentiation. We can all play the games, all do the work, all learn the strategies. We sometimes need to do it at a different level, and that’s OK.

Purpose: practicing with verb forms. #differentiation #cy365 #t365project

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18/Mar/2017
by Denise Krebs
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Saturday School

Saturday, and I’m at school. Entrance exams, lesson plans, grading and recording, filing. So much to do to get ready for our outside inspectors. That’s all I’ve got today!

Blessings to everyone! Remember me as I’m buried under my piles today.

Our Guided Reading Library – Also working on that today!

17/Mar/2017
by Denise Krebs
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My Life in Numbers

Some items of historical significance for me

1. One loving, serving, inspiring husband.
2. Two gracious, fun-loving, intelligent, thoughtful daughters.
3. Three grade levels taught in the past three years
4. Four U.S. states I’ve lived in: California, Iowa, Michigan, and Arizona.
5. Five schools – Actually, five I’ve attended and five I’ve taught at

One of the first classes I ever taught

6. Six siblings–four sisters and two brothers.
7. Seven years ago this month my sweet mama died.
8. Eight different homes in my 34-year marriage.
9. Nine weeks until Katie gets married.
10. Ten favorite books at any given time!

Enjoying Donalyn Miller’s Book Whisperer on a perfect summer day.

 

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