Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog
My name is Cindy Kruse and I've been learning from elementary students for the past 16 years. I enjoy discovering new technology and implementing it in the classroom, absolutely love literacy, and am passionate about Responsive Classroom. I am constantly striving to learn new and innovative ways to teach students in order to provide authentic, interesting, and joyful classrooms.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sometimes you might have to bribe them...

RtII...what is it? Why is everyone talking about it? Last week we invited parents to come back to school on a Friday night to hear about RtII and Responsive Classroom. I was amazed by the turn out! Over 175 children and parents came to hear more about current educational programs and school wide implementations.

Oh, I forgot to mention that we also held a "Family Movie Night". So, did we bribe them? Uh, sorta...but was it ever fun! It was also informative - lots of great questions were raised about both RtII and Responsive Classroom. Parents and their students attended two half hour highly interactive sessions, then we gathered in the large group room/cafeteria for the movie.

I can still picture the kids in their PJ's with pillows and sleeping bags sprawled all over the large group room floor watching a movie together on the BIG screen. What a cozy scene, but even more...we strengthened the parent-school connection, built our sense of school community, and made some great memories. Oh, and yes we did serve free popcorn and lemonade. I mean, you really can't watch a movie without those two staples (not in my house anyway).

I admit it, we bribed them...but it was so worth it!