While I have participated in a few Breakouts at trainings, workshops and conferences, I hadn’t been brave enough to try creating my own and/or doing a pre-made one with my students. Part of the problem was that I was overwhelmed by the idea of how much work I imagined it would be-and while creating one… Continue reading Cool Tools for School: Thing 15, BreakoutEDU
Just a quick one to show another one of my organization stations, my command central if you will. I got the vertical file holder last year from Amazon. I have the folders labeled with the days of the week since I see my classes on a Monday-Friday schedule. Inside each folder, I keep the class… Continue reading My Command Central
Earlier in the year, I saw another librarian post on Instagram that they were having their students create reading goals for the year. I loved the idea and thought it would pair great with an introduction to our new Snapshot Wall where I had a spot for my reading goals. But…somehow it was suddenly December… Continue reading Reading Resolutions & the Read Harder Challenge
I can’t believe I forgot to introduce you guys to the library’s newest friend: Dawson the Deer! I know Christmas is over and by the time we go back to school it will be January but he’s just too cute not to mention-maybe someone will remember this come next year and try out a Dawson… Continue reading Introducing Dawson the Deer!
Oh man guys! This was a good one! Kids loved, the teachers loved it, my principal even popped in was impressed! So what are we waiting for, let’s dive into the details! This all started when I asked the 4th grade team if they’d like to do some kind of poetry tasing to kick of… Continue reading Welcome to the Buccaneer Bistro and Poetry Cafe
It’s time to say goodbye to our turkey and hello to my clerk’s winter-themed bulletin board! I love how she made it 3-dimensional. I also love that once again, she’s made it a participatory bulletin board. This time, she cut out a bunch of snowflakes and is asking people to write their favorite book on… Continue reading Bulletin Board Update-Winter Edition!
Earlier this month, I was discussion with our 3rd grade team how they wanted to tackle their annual Christmas around the world unit when one of them expressed concern with their students’ abilities to digest information and take notes. That particular teacher asked if we could try teaming up to do an intensive unit on… Continue reading Note Taking Lessons for the Primary Set
I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I struggle with planning my November lessons. I mean, between Veterans day, Thanksgiving break, a Superintendent’s day and, Parent/Teacher conference days, I think we’re in session for 15 whole days the entire month! And that’s if we don’t end up with any snow days, 2 hour delays or… Continue reading 1/2 Days Are the Longest Days…
Just a quick one today! My clerk found a cute idea for our November bulletin board (have I mentioned how much I LOVE having a full time clerk again this year?!?!): She sketched the turkey out by hand, can you believe it? Since I color coded my grade levels in my planner and on my… Continue reading Thankfulness Feathers
Halloween wasn’t my favorite holiday as a kid but as a school librarian I kind of love it! One of the reasons it’s crept to the top of my holiday list now that I work in a school? Three words: Halloween Costume Parade. I mean, that’s just the best and cutest thing that happens all… Continue reading Halloween Campfire Time