Shannon J. Szakal

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Jan 04

Put First Things First

Whoa!  It has been far too long since I’ve posted an update to all of the happenings in room 16.   But, just as we are teaching the kids, I had to use the 7 Habits, and Put First Things First. With my role in the school’s annual Talent Show, Leadership Day, rescuing, fostering, and …

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Oct 12

Saving Fred, Jamming to Place Value, and Molding Readers

And, another busy week is behind us!  This week, our reading focus was on questioning, and how this helps us become better readers.  Students learned about “thin” vs.”thick” questions, and which types of questioning will help us become more involved in the text.  To introduce this objective, each of the students were given a small …

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Oct 05

Work Together Wednesday, Episode 3

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into October!  Speaking of October, did you know that it’s Socktober?  More than 600,000 American’s are homeless on a daily basis, including children.  Socktober is a community service project geared toward helping homeless shelters in the area by gathering new socks, blankets, and even canned food for the homeless. …

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Sep 26

Fun Run and Line Plots and Reading, Oh MY!

I didn’t get to post any photos of a Wednesday Challenge because we weren’t in school on Wednesday due to the UCI Race happening here in Richmond.  But, don’t fret, we’ll be back on Wednesday with details on the next challenge! It’s been a BUSY first few weeks of school, and all the kiddos are …

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Sep 16

“Work Together Wednesday,” Episode 2

I had hoped to get in a “back to school” post before this one, but I must have forgotten just how exhausting the first few weeks of school are!  Here we are, finishing up week two of school, and time is already flying.  Today was our second “Work Together Wednesday,” and boy was it fun. …

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Sep 09

“Work Together Wednesday” Episode 1

This summer I took many hours of “STEM” courses.It’s always been something I’ve loved to do in the classroom, but lost sight of  a little bit in the past couple of years.  STEM activities are those in which we try to incorporate combinations of science, technology, engineering, and math.  A big part of this is …

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Sep 03

Welcome Back Class of 2025!

Jun 23

The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that we have wrapped up our 2014-2015 school year.  For the most part, it seems to have flown by, but as we near the end and the students (and teachers) are restless, exhausted, and ready for summer…the days seem to move slowly.  Then, suddenly, in the blink of an eye, that …

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Jun 02

“Noodle Palooza” Celebration

As an incentive for rocking it out, and trying our best on our SOL tests, we decided to have a “Noodle Palooza”  With just a few short days (meaning a weekend), to throw it together, there was plenty of potential to do even more, but the kids loved it just the way it was.  If …

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May 27

Celebrate Good Times!

We have been looking forward to tonight for a LONG time now.  Tonight is the Henrico 21 Awards Ceremony, and most importantly the Student 21 Fair, where selected students are chosen to showcase their 21st century work. While all of the kiddos created spectacular projects, only one “group” can be selected as our Student 21 …

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