We Are Obsessed With Creativity | VLOG

My students love making things. They cherish they time that they have during the start of our day to create whatever it is that they want. This group of students has taught me so much about the creative process, and I cannot wait to see what they teach me the next time they walk through our classroom door.

I started a newsletter! Click here to go to my site and sign up. I feel like I haven’t been doing enough writing about my classroom, and I think a newsletter will be a good place to tell some stories about my classroom. I’ll also be giving away books, sharing cool videos, and doing some book talks.



Please Support Independent Bookstores

I have really enjoyed getting to know Joanna and Derek, co-owners of Bookbug, the last few years. They care tremendously for their community, books, and readers. I asked Joanna why we should consider purchasing books through independent booksellers. Her response brought me to tears. I hope this video brings you value. Please share this message far and wide.

You can catch up on previous episodes of “One Question With Mr. Sharp” in the playlist below.

If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are stronger together: colbysharp@gmail.com

Teacher Observation | VLOG

I wish that teachers did not have to feel stressed about observations. I’m thankful that I work at a school where observations are seen as opportunities to celebrate what we are doing well, and find things that we can work on to improve. On Friday, I had my first observation of the school year. I talk about it in the video below.

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Building A Reading Community Takes A Village

You never know when something awesome is going to happen at school. On Monday, I was hanging out with my students. We were about to start read aloud when my principal walked in. I’m sure that for some educators a principal walking can be pretty scary. Not for the me. My principal is amazing. What happened when she walked in blew my mind. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen a principal do.

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Emily Arrow’s Tips For Using Music In The Classroom

Emily Arrow is awesome. She bring so much love and joy to the kid lit community. I asked Emily if she would share some tips of how to use music in the classroom/library. Her tips are fantastic. Be sure to stick around to the end to hear Emily’s question of the week. She needs your help!

Be sure to check out Emily’s videos on YouTube! Below you will find her most recent video.

Becoming a Better Teacher

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to become a better teacher, and how I’ve grown as a teacher the last decade. Thankfully, I’ve been surrounded by amazing people that have, and continue to, push be to become a better teacher.

I’d love to know how you’ve grown as an educator in your career. Leave a comment below or send me an email (colbysharp@gmail.com).

Have an awesome day!

That Time I Went on a Rant About Accelerated Reader

Sometimes I get very furstated. Not very often, but it does happen. Earlier this week I got a little upset about one of my former students having to find a book that they could read in order to take an Accelerated Reader test.

Accelerated Reader Resources:

How to Accelerate a Reader by Donalyn Miller

Why We Are Moving On From AR by Brandon Blom and Rachael Peck

Brandon Blom talks about AR in a One Question With Mr. Sharp video

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Book Talking With Donalyn Miller

I’m excited to continue my One Question With Mr. Sharp series today with The Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller. If you haven’t heard Donalyn give a book talk you are really missing out. I asked her if she had any tips for educators wanting to do more book talks in their classroom/library.

Check out previous episodes of One Question With Mr. Sharp below.