Highlights from 2017

What? It has been over a year since I have posted here!? Wow. The new year has lit yet another fire under me and here I am again, grateful as always. Since it has been a while I am going to list the highlights from this school year so far.  I am finally feeling at home in an elementary setting.

In addition to the highlights below, story time has been much better, and I feel more confident about how to select the best books for story time and get the most out of the books I share with the students. Making curriculum connections is now easier since I am more familiar with our elementary standards.  One of my favorite books has been The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. I  also enjoyed reading chapters and passages from Wonder to classes.

We had an intern! It was amazing having Molly with us for a semester. We really miss her. Having Molly join us forced me to be more thoughtful of my practices. I have made a few changes because of this experience.

    Our Super Reader program has more participation this year and we've added online review forms and Schoology badges!

Students created land bridge models, LED cards and gingerbread houses in the makerspace!

Students enjoyed this fiction/non-fiction book sorting activity. This was a good springboard for locating informational text features in the non-fiction books.

Hour of code week was so much fun! We broke out the ozobots, our new osmos and utilized our activpanel in addition to using the hour of code website activities.

The movie release of Wonder was the perfect opportunity to revisit this book, read aloud passages and chapters to classes, and have a Choose Kind day at our school.

Grandparents breakfast was followed by library time. The warm, fuzzy goodness of seeing students being read to and playing games with their grandparents makes my heart sing.

This is one of my favorite bulletin boards of the year. I like it because it allowed for teacher, student and parent participation.