Monday, September 7, 2015

Job Shadows

Our week was once again filled with job shadows. It's awesome to hear the comments that the students make after we visit these different businesses. The students can visualize themselves working and appear a little more at ease in the community the more we go out. This week the job shadows included: Alexis' Doggie Spa, Chamber of Commerce, Geneseo Donut, GWK Enterprises and NAPA Automotive. Pictured is one of our students enjoying free donuts from Geneseo Donut, voted "Best Donut in the Quad City Area."

These local businesses have been so generous and welcoming, it's extremely meaningful and relieving for these students as they prepare to end their high school years.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Getting it together...

Students "got the memo" this week of getting organized and creating their own personal work space. I've enjoyed seeing the pictures, office supplies and visuals that each student has proudly added to their work space. I felt that each of the work spaces added organization and gave the students a chance of ownership. So far I've received positive feedback and it brings a little more structure to the overall functioning of the classroom.

Looking forward to another week of job shadows and busy, hard working students!


Friday, August 21, 2015

First Week of Shopping and Cooking

The teachers and students of GHS had a busy first full week of school. I'd be surprised if the students aren't taking a nap after school today. They worked hard this week!! One of the things we did was shop for our weekly cooking class. We kept is simple with peanut butter and jelly, but the students were all assigned a kitchen job to complete the preparing, cooking and cleaning up task within the short period of class time. Divide and conquer AKA teamwork :)


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Beginning

Welcome to another exciting school year!! It is a new beginning for ALL of us at GHS: new classrooms, new teachers, new classes, new experiences, and new memories. I, for one, am very excited for these changes and anticipate a year of successes and empowerment. I have a GREAT group of kids and can't wait to learn from them and witness their growth.

I'm trying to grow too. I'm trying something new by using this blog to utilize as a resource of reflection, home-school connection and evidence of student learning. I plan to post something short and sweet at least once a week. Several exciting things are going to be happening and I can't wait to see them unfold. This will be an easy way to share the "goings-on."

I will also keep this message short and sweet....just to introduce the blog. But real quick, I want to leave with my classroom's motto: PRISM


This is what I want my classroom to exemplify and strive for. I'm very confident in my team and students and just know its going to be a great year.

Thank you for YOUR support and encouraging the INDEPENDENCE of these  bright individuals.

Isabelle Strong

PS.  No student or teacher faces will be displayed in the pictures!!