Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on January 22, 2012 by Shane Rayburn
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on December 12, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on October 24, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
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Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on September 29, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on September 19, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on September 13, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
At OES, we are getting to know each other through Communities. Each K-5th grade classroom is assigned to a community. K-2nd grade Communities and 3rd-5th Communities met for the first time to introduce students to each other and to discuss unique learning attributes and to explore habits of happy kids. This group of students tossed a yarn ball to each other as they discussed ways that they demonstrated the habit of 'being procative.' It was incredible to hear students make classroom connections to the 7 habits. Communities will meet throughout the year to celebrate learning. Students will learn to share and give feedback to each other. Audience and feedback are important parts of the learning process since learning is a social event. Through the communities structure, we hope to provide an authentic way to demonstrate pride in what you learn by sharing student products with students younger and older than yourself.
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 29, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Led by music teacher extraordinaire, Mr. Keith Blackwell, our third, fourth, and fifth graders sang the National Anthem at the Gwinnett Braves Education Day on Tuesday, August 23. It was an awe-moment when students collectively raised their voices in a baseball stadium. Students had studied the historical significance of the song along with musical performance standards. It was a memorable event that will be cherished for many years.
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 26, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Students have been immersed in the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. At recess, Claudio independently and without prompting began using chalk to display the 7 habits being practiced and taught at OES. "Be Proactive. Begin with the end in mind. . . . . " And he continued to recall all seven. It is really amazing to watch our students embrace the habits and to understand what they mean. It's even better when they apply them to real situations, and it's happening more and more every day.
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 19, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Media Specialist Mary Barge demonstrates WORDLE, tech tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. The fourth graders here are getting ready to apply wordle to their own projects. Regularly, teachers and staff are sharing new technology tools that can help our students demonstrate learning and construct new knowledge.
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 15, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Third grade students entered into an Olympic agreement with each other and the third grade teachers. Each student came to the ceremony waving "Third Grade Rocks" banners. The 5 Olympic Virtues and the significance of the rings were explained by each third grade teacher and the connection was made to the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Then, the group engaged in a team building exercise to signify that we are a team that does better when we work together. This was a really cool opportunity that built upon the third grade standards that call for students to compare ancient Greek democracy in Athens with that of the United States. What a neat expression of learning and our joint commitment to our community!
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 12, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Third grade teacher Mrs. Copher shared with her math students to "BE BRAVE" and take a risk. "Ask questions, answer questions, volunteer responses, dont be afraid. BE BRAVE." Within moments of her recommendation, students began raising their hands and Tyler Maynard nearly hopped out of his seat and stated, "I'M BRAVE!" It is very cool that our teachers regularly encourage students and support them in building their intellectual confidence. In turn, students learn to believe in themselves and participate fully in school. Way to go TYLER and Mrs. Copher!
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 11, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Mrs. Smathers' kindergarten students are using Promethean technology to create an interactive morning message. It is incredible to see our "digital natives" from the first days of school jumping into learning with the use of these new technologies. The technology is only a tool; the relationship between student and teacher makes all the difference in how the tool is used. Mrs. Smathers and her students have been getting to know each other through a variety of interactive learning opportunities. Kindergarten Rocks!
Posted in Dr. Rayburn's Lens on August 08, 2011 by Shane Rayburn
Jaron Cote shared his "Get to know Me" Bag in Mrs. Gravitt's first grade class. This kid is just the coolest ever. He's not afraid to share about being born with a cleft lip and palate. He showed pics of himself as a baby and explained to his peers about his subsequent surgeries. As a kindergartener last year, he asked his mom if he could take pics to share at school. She has empowered him to talk about it openly in hopes that sharing will help the world be a better place for Jaron and every child. Now, that is cool and definitely qualifies as my first photo to be highlighted under Dr. Rayburn's Lens this year.