Meghan Brtnik

K/1, A Well Oiled Machine

With less than a month left of school, I am beginning to reflect on the year.  My class is truly feeling like a family unit, and we are all getting sentimental and appreciating our time together.   By this time of year the students know all the classroom procedures and routines and can independently execute…

The Tradition Continues – Reading with Families Together

Last week, two of the classes trekked it in the snow to read to our neighborhood preschool, Families Together.  We try to do this about four times a year.  I began reflecting on why we do this to help explain to our students and concluded this reflection after our experience.  Here are some thoughts I…

Germs! We’re here, there, everywhere!

My K-1 class dove into learning about germs in the past couple of weeks in order to become “experts” and present their learning at Chicago Friends School community health day.  Community health day is where each class teaches the others about some aspects of how to stay healthy.  We began with an activity where, unbeknownst…

Get Out! Taking Learning Outside

When it comes to learning, the content of what we learn is usually emphasized. However, how and where we learn is equally important. As a teacher, I’m constantly looking for new ways to motivate my students to learn, whether it’s including more hands-on activities, adding technology, or changing the space in which we learn. Understanding how our students enjoy…