Sunday, August 14, 2016

A New Year

Made it successfully through the first full week of my third year as an instructional media specialist, kicking off the 15th year of my teaching career!  Started a bit early by attending a Code.org workshop with these lovely ladies before summer's end.  Learned about the importance of teaching computer science in our schools, and began pondering how to incorporate it into my already-packed library and literacy skills lessons for the year.
During pre-planning, received a package at school containing this advanced reading copy of Grace Lin's soon-to-be-published book When the Sea Turned to Silver.  (Thanks to Mrs. Weng, a former parent and friend of Mrs. Lin for connecting me with this opportunity!)  I'm not gonna lie.  I've been reading it as slowly as possible.  I don't want it to end!  I LOVE her stories and the way she writes stories within her story.    Her books are GREAT for teaching figurative language, too!  So beautifully written!  (Also very excited about Where the Mountain Meets the Moon being on this year's Battle of the Books reading list!)
Crafted this trifold board for Open House in hopes of gathering some donations for our library's upcoming Makerspace.  Thanks to Mrs. Cooper, our Science Lab teacher, for her help in getting an idea of how to make our board cute!  Thanks also goes to her for donating tangram shapes and building materials!  Got 12 library volunteer names, and have already had one mom come in twice, to help students with checkout.  She also helped me change out a bulletin board.  We've had several donations come in so far, so stay tuned to see how it goes!


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