Exercise & muscles

April 25th, 2012

Yesterday there was a chorus of coughs in the classroom. Today I woke up with a dry throat. Coincidence? I think not 😦 I really dislike being sick, but it is even worse when it is nice outside!

I taught a lesson today about how exercise affects our muscles. I had my students up and moving for this lesson. I had them doing exercises in the middle of giving information. It was a nice change of pace from the usual talking/short PowerPoint. The kids got a kick out of it and begged for more. Though they also begged to stop. I guess they couldn’t make up their minds! They did jumping jacks, toe ups, squats, and lunges.

I also used response cards that had pictures of muscles before exercise and after exercise on them. The before exercise pictures show the muscle tendons being closer together, whereas the after exercise pictures show the muscle tendons further apart (they expand). The response cards were helpful, although next time I should make them larger. I also did not have the amount I needed. (I thought I counted correctly!).

Fun filled day,

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Muscle Response Cards

This picture made me laugh a little. It made me think how much my students would complain if they had to lift weights. Haha! 🙂



April 19th, 2012

I am feeling more rested today! Yipee! The bedtime worked! Today I was teaching my students about how we move our bodies- we use our joints! I demonstrated how we would move if we didn’t have joints (walking stiff & straight) which made them laugh. I gave my students examples of all 4 joints (gliding, hinge, ball and socket, and pivot). I then passed out response cards for each student. I would give students an example of a joint and they would raise their response card. This method worked very well.

Afterwards the students began working on a self-portrait. On their self-portrait they would circle joints on their body. I left the instructions a little open because some of my students have a lot of difficulty with writing. They will have to continue working on their portrait later today because we didn’t finish. I was amazed today when I took my students to art. They were WONDERFUL in the hallway! They are usually good but wow, this was another level of good. The kings and queens game has worked wonders! I will have to find other hallway games.

Happy Thursday!

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Joint Response Card Pictures

Quiet Jenga

The other day on Pinterest I came across a neat pin about creating a quiet jenga game for the classroom. It’s an easy DIY, so I decided to make one! I ran over to the dollar store and got a few packs of sponges. I measured them and cut them according to size. And VOLIA! The Quiet Jenga Game. The only downfall is that the pieces are harder to move, however it does make for the game to be slightly harder. Here is a picture. 🙂


In my one education class we were assigned a project. Our job is to pick a culture that we are unfamiliar with or one that we are very interested in and research it! Since I am currently taking Korean I and am increasingly interested in Korean culture, I think this would be the perfect culture for me to research! We are to learn about the culture’s language, values, customs and think about the accommodations a child from this culture might need in our classroom.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of the CultureGram textbooks – they are wonderful! Each book focuses on an area in the world and gives information on all of the countries in that given area. Information is given about the history of the country, the language, the people, the traditions, and much more. I know I am definitely using this book for this assignment!

I feel that these books will prove to be extra helpful when I begin teaching. (Especially if I have a student who has recently moved to the States from a foreign country!)

I bought the books from Amazon. The newest versions are a bit pricy. I have the older editions and they have suited me just fine! (Buy them used!)

Here is the link to the CultureGram website:

CultureGram  | Amazon


Hello and welcome to my website!

The purpose of this website is to track my personal growth on my journey to becoming a teacher. It will be used to act as a supplement to my portfolio. Unfortunately, portfolios are very hard to individualize. Here is where I would like others to see my personality, my experiences, and my ideas for my future classroom! Please take a look around and I hope you enjoy what you see!

The title of my website “I’d rather color outside the lines” could be seen as a strange title. (Let me explain). As a child I was never one to just color inside the lines. I had too many ideas! I wanted to draw all over the place. As a future teacher I want my students to know that it’s okay to color outside the lines. There is nothing wrong with being different, experimenting, and taking risks! I want my future students to be themselves, be creative, and celebrate who they are!

PeterpanI definitely added more to this Peterpan picture. I am in college and yes I have a coloring book handy. In class last year my professor showed us anti-coloring pages. They were interesting in the sense that it was up to the child what they created. It promoted their creativity much more than regular coloring pages! Attached is a link to the website.

Anti-Coloring Books