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Silly Bandz welcome in this classroom

Re: Schools cope with an obsession | article, May 7

Silly Bandz can be teaching tools

I enjoyed your article on Silly Bandz. I am a second-grade teacher at Deer Park, and I love them! My kids are allowed to trade at lunch, at recess and in the line walking out to the bus. As long as they are given specific guidelines for trading, it doesn't interfere with my teaching I have also used the bands in my math lessons. I taught transformations such as flip, slide and turn. The kids had to trace their bands, showing an example of each transformation. I also used them to teach patterns — I wish they would make a geometric pack with the different geometric shapes! We used the animal bands to teach the animal kingdom — how many mammals do you have? I also use them for behavior rewards on Friday. If a student does not move his/her clip more than twice for the week, they get to choose a new Silly Band on Friday.

I have never had such classroom control before! I would love it if you could publish this positive twist on the subject. Maybe it would give other teachers some ideas! Thanks!

Tracy Erickson, Odessa

Re: Boys keep expert mommy on her toes | column, May 7

Parents of two boys sure relate

Hubby and I just read your article Boys keep Mommy on her toes. We are the parents to two boys, 9 and 10, so we totally related. Bravo! It made us laugh and warmed our hearts.

Patricia Rossi, Trinity

Silly Bandz welcome in this classroom 05/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:30am]
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