These Robots Got the Moves!

Thank you Mitch Teemley for featuring my post. It was a pleasure to be a guest on your blog. This was one of my favorite moments, too!

Mitch Teemley

Guest Blog by A Teacher’s Reflections

New England-based preschool teacher Jennie Fitzkee is nothing if not inspired. Maybe that’s why she’s featured in the bestselling Read-Aloud Handbook. And why quilts designed by her class hang at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and at the Boston VA Hospital. Here’s one of my favorite Jennie Moments.

Back in January, I stumbled across a video of dancing robots, from Boston Dynamics. Not only did the children in my classroom fall in love with robots and their music, they have since then begged to watch this video every day. Yes, every day! On that day in January, I showed the children the video, and said, “Do you want to make robots? You can do this!” I was not calm, I was beyond excited, because I knew this was ‘one of those moments’ where teachers are presented with a great opportunity to inspire children…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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26 Responses to These Robots Got the Moves!

  1. You can not stop the future! 😉 Great! Michael

  2. beth says:

    I love this!

  3. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog from Mitch. Spreading the good word! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Darlene says:

    How wonderful to have this great story shared!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Jennie is an expert at capturing what kids are interested in and running with it. Of course, lesson plans are important, but it is the ability to think on one’s feet that takes great teachers to the next level.

  6. I will click over!

  7. I’m dancing, I’m singing your praises and grateful for you and every teacher who is out there seizing moments every day! THANKS! ❤ xoxoxo

  8. I love the “Read Aloud Handbook!” I think that it is sad that teachers don’t read aloud in class as much as they used to. One of my co-teachers recently started reading to her class a few days a week, and she has seen so much benefit, that we plan on doing it all year next year! Few things are as enjoyable as a shared book.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you like the book, too! Yes, it’s sad that many teachers don’t read aloud. Once we see the difference it makes, then reading becomes a high priority and a great joy. What grade do you teach?

      • I am a special education case manager on a Pre-K through eighth grade campus! I mainly co-teach on Pre-K, fourth grade, and fifth grade this year

      • Jennie says:

        Oh, you will have so many wonderful books to read aloud! I also read aloud at the library to older children. For your elementary age children I highly recommend “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown.

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